Okinawa Diary – May 25, 1945 (part 3)

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May 25, 1945, continued…

… on the runway at Yontan loaded with suicide troops. They rushed out to the planes lined up on the runway and started destroying them.

From what we heard, and some of our fellows saw, they destroyed 2 C-54s, 2 C-46’s, 1 C-47, 1 PBY 4-27 (B-24) and several marine Corsair fighters.

Some of the Japs held the grenades against the planes and blew themselves up with it. The other three planes also carried troops, and some are said to have escaped. That’s what those tracers were fired at when we saw them going into the burning plane.

We can see the tail section of one of the planes not far from here. Holt, our photographer was down taking pictures of it. A short time later two…

 
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