Spectacular photo showing the moment a VT Proximity Fuze detonated a 5-inch shell nearly in the face of an attacking pilot, 29 Apr 1945, Kerama Retto near Okinawa, Japan. The ship is seaplane tender USS St. George.

Caption     Spectacular photo showing the moment a VT Proximity Fuze detonated a 5-inch shell nearly in the face of an attacking pilot, 29 Apr 1945, Kerama Retto near Okinawa, Japan. The ship is seaplane tender USS St. George. ww2dbase
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Photos on Same Day 29 Apr 1945
Photos at Same Place Kerama Retto, Okinawa, Japan
Added By David Stubblebine

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
21 Jan 2024 04:41:32 PM

The photo was taken by Photographers Mate 2nd-class Paul D. Guttman aboard USS Hamlin. The attacking airplane was an Aichi D3A ‘Val’ special attack plane that was destroyed. Amuro Shima can be seen in the background.

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WW2-Era Place Name Kerama Retto, Okinawa, Japan
Lat/Long 26.2057, 127.3024
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