OTD: 70 years ago today, 10 crewmen of PB4Y-2 Privateer 59645 was shot down by the Soviets! This was the first of many tragedies during the Cold War!
June 10, 1945 – Proposed Surrender
U.S. Generals offer surrendering terms to Japan. With no response from the Japanese, the U.S. steps up their aggression.
The Fall of Shuri
On May 29, the U.S. finally took the crucial Shuri Castle. However, since they began artillery fire a week beforehand, the majority of Japanese defenders had retreated. Although they were able to escape, the Japanese were left with no organized form of defense.
6 April 1945 – 22 June 1945
Throughout the many battles, there was a regular bombardment of Kamikaze planes.
March 24 1945 – 28 March 1945
The U.S. 77th Infantry Division lands at the Kerama Islands located South-West of mainland Okinawa. With further landings, the U.S. secure a staging post for the eventual invasion of Okinawa.
1 April 1945
The official start of the Battle of Okinawa. On the morning of April 1st, U.S. navy ships rained a pre-landing bombardment of 44,825 shells, 33,000 rockets and 22,500 mortar shells plus napalm attacks by carrier planes on the invasion beaches. Two U.S. Army divisions land along the southwest coast of Okinawa, with zero opposition and almost no casualties.