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Yamato blows up 7 Apr 1945

Photo #: NH 62579

"Ten-Go" Operation, April 1945

The Japanese battleship Yamato explodes as she sinks, after receiving massive torpedo and bomb damage from U.S. Navy carrier planes north of Okinawa, 7 April 1945.
The original photo caption reads: "A split-second shot of Yamato as she blew up. A red ball of flame envelops this mightiest of Japanese battleships, and a moment later it shoots like a comet to the clouds, 2000 feet high." Photographed from a USS Yorktown (CV-10) plane.

Collection of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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