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Kamikazehyökkäykset saivat alkunsa, kun japanilaisten räjähteillä lastatut lentokoneet törmäsivät lokakuussa 1944 yli 40 yhdysvaltalaislaivaan.

Kamikazehyökkäykset saivat alkunsa, kun japanilaisten räjähteillä lastatut lentokoneet törmäsivät lokakuussa 1944 yli 40 yhdysvaltalaislaivaan.

Shōkaku

IJN carrier Shōkaku at Yokosuka, August 1941

USS Lexington (CV2) 8 May 1942 Coral Sea

USS Lexington Burning and sinking after her crew abandoned ship during the Battle of Coral Sea, 8 May Note planes parked aft, where fires have not yet reached.

The Heavy Cruiser USS ASTORIA CA-34 as seen from AUSTRALIA in Savo Sound on 8 August 1942. Note that her SOC floatplanes are positioned on her catapults. This is the last known photograph of ASTORIA CA-34.

The Heavy Cruiser USS Astoria as seen from HMAS Australia in Savo Sound on 8 August This is the last known photograph of USS Astoria.

The U.S. Navy Sims-class destroyer USS O'Brien (DD-415) is torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-19 during the Guadalcanal Campaign, on 15 September 1942. The aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-7), torpedoed a few minutes earlier, is burning in the left distance. The last of I-19's torpedoes hit the battleship USS North Carolina (BB-55). O'Brien was hit in the extreme bow, but "whipping" from the torpedo explosion caused serious damage to her hull amidships, leading to her loss on 19 October…

Port Redondo Figure U. O’Brien is torpedoed by the Japanese submarine during the Guadalcanal Campaign, 15 September U. Wasp torpedoed minutes earlier, is burning in the distance.

USS Nashville (CL-43), a 9475-ton Brooklyn class light cruiser built at Camden, New Jersey, was commissioned in June 1938. During mid-1938 she cruised to the Caribbean and to Europe, completing the voyage by transporting a shipment of gold from Great Britain to the United States.

USS Nashville a Brooklyn class light cruiser built at Camden, New Jersey, was commissioned in June During she cruised to the Caribbean and to Europe, completing the voyage by transporting a shipment of gold from Great Britain to the United States.

8 in Northampton class heavy cruiser USS Augusta saw service as a headquarters ship during 3 invasions: Operation Torch (North Africa), Operation Overlord (Normandy) and Operation Dragoon (Southern France).  She was also notable for her occasional use as a presidential flagship, carrying both Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman.

USS Augusta in English port, September 1944. [3713x3024]

8 in Northampton class heavy cruiser USS Augusta saw service as a headquarters…

USS CV-3 サラトガ

USS Saratoga hit by a kamikaze, 21 February 1945

USS Hornet ,CV 8

USS Hornet ,CV 8

16 in USS West Virginia in 1944: dating from 1920, she was extensively modernised after serious damage at Pearl Harbor and thereafter served throughout the Pacific campaign.

16 in USS West Virginia in dating from she was extensively modernised after serious damage at Pearl Harbor and thereafter served throughout the Pacific campaign.

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