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Okinawa Campaign Begins 1945

Waring Hills Mar 18, 2011

Task Force 58 under Admiral Marc Mitscher began the campaign against Okinawa with strikes on Kyushu, Japan, beginning on 18 March. The sorties would last four days and destroy over 482 Japanese aircraft on the ground. The USS Yorktown was part of Mitscher’s powerful task force, but soon the Japanese would release their own unique power in the shape of Tokko (special) attacks that we have come to know as kamikazes.

Kyushu air fields, Spring 1945

 More on Okinawa next week!

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2 thoughts on “Okinawa Campaign Begins 1945

  1. Melissa Mays says:

    My dad served on the USS Yorktown around 1944 or 1945. Is there a list of soldiers who served on this ship at that time?

    1. asmith says:

      Dear Ms. Mays,

      Thank you for your comment. We have passed along your inquiry to the USS Yorktown Association. They have a list of the sailors who served aboard the ship and should be able to help. Thank you!

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