When I came to seconds later, a sailor was kicking fire off me. In case the steering controls on the bridge were disabled, the ship could be controlled from this area. For the DuPage this invasion would produce a traumatic event that the ship’s crew had witnessed but never experienced. W.P. A heavy cruiser was damaged, and an escort carrier was sunk. In command of the fire support groups was Vice Adm. Jesse B. Oldendorf, and Vice Adm. Daniel E. Barby was over the transport groups. The APA had many purposes, but the main one was to load troops and equipment, transport them to an invasion area, and put them ashore.A memorable description of the attack transport was given by author Sidney Carrol in a 1940’s edition of Coronet Magazine. From December 13, 1944, to January 13, 1945, the Japanese succeeded in sinking 24 vessels and damaging 67 others in action off the Philippines. TTY: 202.488.0406, Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center. I had a wound in my leg, and my right arm was burned.”. The most often seen were the Mitsubishi A6M ("Zero," ... Ohka. A few well orgainized strikes of say twenty Thunderbolt like fighters flown by trained Kamikazes and benefiting from trained escorts and reconassiance would would have been … The DuPage deck log stated, “Enemy aircraft appeared many times; several were shot from the air, one managed to crash into a transport and the rest were repulsed.”Admiral Oldendorf and the other commanders were worried, with good cause. Toran as executive officer. James J. Fahey joined the Navy in October 1942. At 7:02 pm, general quarters was sounded as two Japanese twin-engine bombers were sighted.“I had just gotten cleaned up when general quarters sounded,” said Wells. On or After Date of Successful Attack by Organized Special Attack Squadron - Vice Admiral Takijiro Ohnishi formed the first kamikaze special attack squadron in the early morning of October 20, 1944 (Inoguchi 1958, 13), but the first successful suicide attacks by special attack squadrons did not take place until October 25, … Wells and his gun crew immediately started throwing the 5-inch ammunition overboard. As the main force moved ahead, the attacks continued. Kamikaze aircraft were essentially pilot-guided explosive missiles, purpose-built or converted from conventional aircraft.Pilots would attempt to crash their aircraft into enemy ships in what was called a "body attack" ( tai-atari) in planes loaded with bombs, or other explosives. MacArthur developed a three-phase plan for recapture of the Philippines: First, seize the island of Leyte to be used as a marshaling area and supply base; second, invade and clear the Japanese from the main island of Luzon; and third, occupy the bypassed islands at a later date. The kamikazes kept coming. On or After Date of Successful Attack by Organized Special Attack Squadron - Vice Admiral Takijiro Ohnishi formed the first kamikaze special attack squadron in the early morning of October 20, 1944 (Inoguchi 1958, 13), but the first successful suicide attacks by special attack squadrons did not take place until October 25, … They had explosives strapped around their waists to detonate against the side of the ship.”. It was important that all LCVPs hit the beach at the same time.”The last boats with assault troops were away by 8:12 am.The first assault wave hit Beach White 1 by 9:35 am, and all assault waves were on the beach by 10. Her last orders assigned her to Operation Magic Carpet, transporting American veterans home.The service of the USS DuPage was continuous and honorable throughout the war, but one particular incident stands out. The Kamikaze (神風), "Divine" or "spirit wind", officially Tokubetsu Kōgekitai (特別攻撃隊 "Special Attack Unit"), abbreviated as Tokkō Tai (特攻隊, used as a verb as Tokkō (特攻 "special attack") were suicide air attacks from the Empire of Japan late in World War II. Cannon headed for the main deck to take charge of the firefighting.“From the bridge to the aft end of the ship was a mass of flames,” Cannon said. Loading elements of the 43rd Infantry Division at Aitape, New Guinea, were the attack transport USS, (APA 41) and her sister ships [including USS. The aft section crew couldn’t see anything. We would like to thank The Crown and Goodman Family and the Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation for supporting the ongoing By Don SmartWarfare History NetworkAugust 21, 2015. In addition to killing members of the amidships damage control party, the crash killed all five crew members of the command boat aboard their craft.“I heard the boy in the crow’s nest yelling in the interphone,” commented Wells. These problems notwithstanding, the 43rd Division moved out and expanded its beachhead by two miles.The DuPage was anchored in the outer transport area going through cleanup routines in preparation for getting underway later in the day. 1845—change course to 340T, 6 knots, 30 rpm. He described the activity getting ready to head for the beach. He rushed to throw a shell and powder casing over the side. Fire came rolling down the port side and over the top of me. He said, ‘The bomber was so low he was pulling water with his props.’”From the deck log of the DuPage, the following notation was entered: “1800—Underway in accordance with ComTransRon 14 visual dispatch. On the DuPage the crew continuously heard the general quarters’ call and rushed to man battle stations as enemy aircraft were sighted. Neilson could not remember what happened to the 5-inch gun crew, but saw the gun lift up and off its stand when the plane hit. As night settled over the anchored transports, the Japanese resorted to still another suicide method. 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW “We were ordered to shoot up all floating boxes and trash with the .30-calibers as we went to and from the beach,” recalled Wells. All rights reserved. Yukio Seki. By January 5 the entire 7th Amphibious Force carrying I Army Corps, followed by the 3rd Amphibious Force carrying XIV Army Corps, was moving out of Leyte Gulf into Surigao Strait. All the wounded were ordered to the infirmary, and a crew count commenced. Washington, DC 20024-2126 By mid-1944 the Allied forces were ready to take the next step toward the Home Islands of Japan. The resulting flooding knocked out the engine, leaving the ship dead in the water. Casualties on the "Nevada" are sixty men dead, wounded, and missing. Find topics of interest and explore encyclopedia content related to those topics, Find articles, photos, maps, films, and more listed alphabetically, Recommended resources and topics if you have limited time to teach about the Holocaust, Explore the ID Cards to learn more about personal experiences during the Holocaust. With the sea lanes protected, the Luzon invasion moved forward. We were lifted about five feet out of the water and slammed back down. The invasion force reached Lingayen Gulf on January 6 and commenced sweeping operations and fire support. Wauchape was in command of the DuPage with Lt. Cmdr. Kamikaze Photos & Casualty List: and Kamikaze Attack Photos USS DuPage (APA-41) Casualty List. Smoke envelops the ship. When I looked at my gun station, the seat I was sitting in was also blown off. The Wayne crew scrambled to throw life preservers to the swimming sailors as the ship steamed by, since the transports in the convoy could not stop. Each rack had two davits to attach and lower the boats to the water. The troops came from widely dispersed staging … The plane cartwheeled down the port side of the ship, exploding bombs and fuel. List of Allied vessels struck by Japanese special attack weapons. (Source: Smithsonian Channel) As the suicidal pilots reached their target, they began an attack that would supersede any air raid in history. I grabbed him and helped him to the rail. “I had no idea what they were shooting at, then the kamikaze hit. St Lo attacked by Lt. Seki’s kamikaze attack, Oct. 25, 1944 . Yukio Seki was born in a small village, Iyo Saijo, in Shikoku. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Although dangerous, they did not take precautions to avoid detection and antiaircraft fire. The DuPage was steaming as flagship for her division in Task Unit 78.1.2 along with 15 other APAs and APs. The USS Wayne was steaming a thousand yards astern, and her crew members saw the kamikaze strike and several men go over the side. The Elmore Project. The DuPage continued on with the convoy to Leyte Gulf, where she anchored on January 13. “There had been reports of Japanese swimmers trying to reach the ships under the boxes. Standard IJN and IJA aircraft. It was located in the ship’s stern just over the shaft alley. Emergency repairs were made from January 13-20, and the DuPage prepared to return to war. In a sense, there had even been a kamikaze attac… “I motioned to two more men and we manhandled the bomb over the side. Kamikaze (神風, [kamiꜜkaze]; “divine wind” or “spirit wind”), officially Kamikaze/ShinpÅ« Tokubetsu Kōgekitai (神風特別攻撃隊, “Divine Wind Special Attack Unit”), were a part of the Japanese Special Attack Units of military aviators who flew suicide attacks for the Empire of Japan against Allied naval … The crew fought all through the next day to keep her afloat and restore power. Once the order came down to the Command Boat that all LCVPs were loaded and ready, we got the order to head for the beach. The impact of Kamikaze attacks decreased during the final months of the war in the Pacific, in part because of an improvement in Allied evasion tactics. This hull configuration was used for escort carriers and troop transports (AP) in addition to attack transports (APA). At 4 pm on January 11, the DuPage pulled out of station to the left of the column, assigning guide duties to the USS Cavalier. Her crew will always remember January 10, 1945, as the day of the kamikaze. Over the course of two days, over 350 enemy planes imposed absolute … © 2018-2019. In other words, kamikaze attacks actually cost the Japanese fewer lives to achieve a given number of hits than conventional attack. Three of the wounded died the following day. One wing blown off, a Japanese plane scores a direct hit. The Allies had to invade and secure the small island of Mindoro before the main invasion could go forward, because two airfields there could support Japanese attacks on the invasion fleet. The invasion troops were quartered amidships on lower decks 1 and 2. This threat was the suicide boat, or Shinyo. This included the battalions’ vehicles stored in holds 2 and 4. Experiencing the Kamikaze: "Jap planes were coming at us from all directions." Kamikaze Attempts Against the Hadley. For the thousands of soldiers who went into captivity at this time, their only hope was a statement from General Douglas MacArthur: “I shall return.” By late 1942 the Allied armies had started forward. Japanese kamikaze attacks against U.S. aircraft carriers and ships in the Pacific during WWII. The troops came from widely dispersed staging areas—Bougainville, New Britain, Hollandia, Aitape, Sansapor, and the farthest away, New Caledonia. Set at thousand-yard intervals, on her left was the USS Fayette, on the right the USS Cavalier, and trailing, the USS Wayne. In command of the fire support groups was Vice Adm. Jesse B. Oldendorf, and Vice Adm. Daniel E. Barby was over the transport groups.The first elements of the attack force, Task Group 77.6, consisting of minesweeping and hydrographic units, departed on January 2, 1945. “An APA is a tenement, a moving van, a freight car, a garage, a fighting ship, a hospital, an ambulance and a hearse.” In a few short days the DuPage would learn that one more item could be added to the list: target of the divine wind, better known as the kamikaze. A Japanese plane plunging downwards during a Kamikaze attack . The Allies had to invade and secure the small island of Mindoro before the main invasion could go forward, because two airfields there could support Japanese attacks on the invasion fleet. Kamikaze (Japanese: 神風; literally: "god-wind"; usual translation: "divine wind") is a word of Japanese origin. With these losses, Japanese air power ceased to exist in the Philippines. Then he saw the first wounded.“A sailor stumbled out of the inferno and collapsed in my arms,” he recalled. This unloading process was accomplished in 30 minutes. The "Nevada," veteran of the last war, was in Pearl Harbor at this war's beginning, and has fought in many major actions since. This was climaxed in May 1942 with the fall of the Philippine Islands. The main invasion of Luzon would proceed via the Lingayen Gulf. The DuPage continued her service of moving troops and supplies and supporting invasions until the end of the war. Cannon was able to report the job already done. Forward, the heavy equipment, trucks, jeeps, and howitzers were on lower decks 3 and 4.The trip lasted 11 days and proceeded through the Surigao Strait, Mindanao Sea, Sulu Sea, Mindoro Strait, South China Sea, and into Lingayen Gulf. The ship then sent out a voice radio message requesting all ships astern to be on the lookout for men blown overboard. The wounded were transferred to hospital ships USS Mercy and USS Marigold. I planned to get both of us over the side in case the ship was sinking. The mighty invasion armada for the main thrust at Luzon in the Philippine Islands was being assembled on December 28, 1944. Several members of the amidships unit were killed or wounded during the ensuing collision. The targets were U.S. escort carriers; one, the St. He recalled:“We saw it dive until it was skimming just above the ocean surface. View the list of all donors. The LCVP had a crew of three. Enemy aircraft continued to be a threat, requiring continuous general quarters calls. Throughout the conflict, at least 47 Allied ships were sunk by Kamikaze fighters, while a further 300 were seriously damaged. The explosion killed 61 men and tore a 25-foot hole in the hull. “The bomb was still very hot from the fire plus the three of us could not lift it over the ship’s rail,” Cannon continued. It comes from the name the Japanese gave to a typhoon that destroyed the Mongol ships in the 13th century and saved the country from invasion.In Western culture, the word kamikaze is used to mean the suicide pilots … The APA had many purposes, but the main one was to load troops and equipment, transport them to an invasion area, and put them ashore. Ironically, the best Kamikaze planes were in the U.S. inventory (heavy, but fast fighter-bombers such as Corsairs and Thunderbolts). Gun tubs 16 and 18 were wrecked, decks along the port side were holed and bulkheads badly warped. Up to 300 aircraft at a time dove at the Allied fleet. Succeeding enemy planes try for hits. The troops came from widely dispersed staging areas—Bougainville, New Britain, Hollandia, Aitape, Sansapor, and the farthest away, New Caledonia. “The quad-40 had a crew of four, two loaders, gunner and trainer. Seaman 1st Class Rudolph Daniel Wells’ battle station was a 40mm antiaircraft gun. The DuPage, with her contingent of transports carrying the troops of the 43rd Division, anchored in the transport area by 7 am. Two landing craft, LCI(G)-365 and LCI(M)-974, were sunk on January 10 by suicide boats.January 10 found the infantry units up to eight miles inland, moving forward against very little resistance. this invasion would produce a traumatic event that the ship’s crew had witnessed but never experienced. News of the kamikaze successes flashed throughout the navy. To support the convoy, Admiral William F. Halsey committed the aircraft of his Third Fleet against installations on Luzon as far south as Clark Field. This force was followed by Task Group 77.2, the bombardment and fire support vessels accompanied by 12 escort carriers and their screening destroyers and destroyer escorts. The War Hawk was repaired enough to make the trip back to Leyte Gulf. Fahey thought he was the first person to see a kamikaze attack in action — but he wasn't. The American commanders were in a quandary as to where the attacks were originating. Japanese pilots used the tactic of Kamikaze (suicidal) dive-bombing attacks on enemy warships in 1944 and 1945. There are a total of 22 ] WW2 Japanese Kamikaze Aircraft entries in the Military Factory. Axell and Kase see these suicides as "individual, impromptu decisions by me… No damage except my buddy manning the ramp lever swallowed his chew of tobacco.”When the DuPage crew got all the assault troops ashore, the laborious process of unloading cargo from the ship holds got under way. The first boat lowered and the last to be retrieved was the LCC (Landing Craft, Command). Another attack at 1900 scored an additional bomb hit, believed to have been a 500 kg bomb, but the kamikaze itself did little damage and slid over the side. Main telephone: 202.488.0400 With the sea lanes protected, the Luzon invasion moved forward. Japanese Kamikaze attacks - numbering close to 3,000 - against the Allies netted between thirty-five and sixty ships sunk with nearly 5,000 lives claimed. While there may have been exceptions, they invariably targeted … A Kamikaze operated plane takes off from the Japanese airstrip heading toward their American target. This footage (other than music) is in the public domain. On the forward deck, three racks contained eight more LCVPs. 1915—twin engine bomber sighted, heading dead on for the USS DuPage, screening destroyer escort USS Cavalier and USS Fayette opened fire on plane.”. The guns would open fire with a cacophony of noise as the enemy planes approached. The peak in kamikaze attacks came during the period of April–June 1945, at the Battle of Okinawa. During general quarters there were three damage control parties, the forward, amidships, and aft units. As the main force moved ahead, the attacks continued. Lieutenant Seki had found his target. When the ship was declared secure, they looked around their area for casualties.“When we looked at the 20mm gun port on the deck above us, the boy in the gunner’s seat was dead,” said Wells. We came out of the circle, line abreast going in. The first official kamikazeplane had hit its target on Oct. 25, 1944, in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, but the idea had been building in Japan for even longer. The American commanders were in a quandary as to where the attacks were originating. At the same time, the forces of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz had started a drive through the islands to the east that included the Solomons, Gilberts, Marshalls, and Marianas. Suddenly I was lifted off my feet and slammed into the bulkhead, knocking me out. The kamikazes had their most successful day on October 24, 1944, when 378 kamikazes managed to sink 16 Allied warships off Okinawa. The intense antiaircraft fire caused one aircraft to veer off. Captain at the conn. 1841—secured from general quarters, set condition III. In addition to the quad-40 stations, there were 20mm gun tubs, dual 50-caliber machine guns, and a 5-inch cannon. This hull configuration was used for escort carriers and troop transports (AP) in addition to attack transports (APA). Japan’s Kamikaze pilots and their suicide attacks on the American warships in the last year of World War II, was one of the most terrorizing memories of the war. The overall force commander was Vice Adm. Thomas C. Kinkaid. The … The forces of General MacArthur had driven up the north coast of New Guinea all the way to Morotai Island, lying just south of the Philippines. I heard one 500-pound bomb go off as the plane careened down the ship’s side.”At 7:15 pm, the left wing of the plane hung on one of the ship’s antimine Paravene boom cables and swung into the left side of the navigation bridge. The wing then hit the boom cable, and the plane twisted to hit the port side of the navigation bridge just below us. Masafumi Arima Invented The Kamikaze Strategy. The new attacks were different in that the pilots were more skilled, the aircraft larger and more heavily armored. In the dark nothing could be seen, and the Shinyo rammed the port side of the ship. Off Japan proper, the USS "Nevada" and her escorts fight off attacks by Kamikaze suicide planes. About that time, I thought, ‘I’m going to be some damage control officer if this thing goes off when it hits the water.’ All this time the loudspeaker kept up a constant, ‘Lt. A total of 93 fighters and 57 bombers had been flown in conventional attacks that day, inflicting no damage on the enemy. In that bloody struggle, damage to U.S. Navy vessels would far surpass that sustained at Luzon. was a five-hatch cargo ship powered by an 8,500-horsepower steam turbine that could move it up to a speed of 16.5 knots. “My station was on the rear starboard side,” Wells said. The ship rushed one officer and 25 seamen ashore as a beach working party to assist in unloading the incoming boats. The "USS Nevada," despite an escort and efforts to fight off a Kamikaze attack, sustained such a hit in early 1945 off the coast of Japan. At 7:15 word came down from division command: “Lower all boats.” The crew immediately commenced lowering all landing craft, and this was completed by 7:49 am. Several torpedoes were fired at the convoy to no effect. For the Allied naval forces, a welcome respite followed. At Okinawa they inflicted the greatest losses ever suffered by the U.S. Navy in a single battle, killing almost 5,000 men. My forward unit got the fires on the bridge under control and as we started aft, a seaman rushed up and said we had a live bomb on deck, fire all around it.”. This boat was manned by a crew of five and coordinated all movements of the LCVPs. The captain then started to assess the damage and determine casualties. The 250kg bomb penetrated the port side of the hangar deck and exploded in the midst of several … The landing craft complement for the ship included two 50-foot LCMs (Landing Craft, Mechanized) on the aft deck with a 36-foot LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle and Personnel) nested in each LCM. The fast attack transports carried a crew of 50 officers and 600 seamen. Neilson had just stepped up to the deck above the control room and was standing behind the 5-inch gun, leaning on the bulkhead just below the Quad 40mm gun tubs, when the Japanese suicide plane hit the DuPage. 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