Damaged USS Louisville and men overhaul it in Okinawa, Japan.
Okinawa Ryukyu Islands Date:1945, June 6 Duration:2 min 49 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Damaged USS Louisville (CA-28) hit by Japanese Kamikase in World War 2. Damaged forward stack of the ship. Float of its scout plane left on catapult, is jettisoned. Large stack of the USS Louisville knocked down. Engine of seaplane blown up by explosion on the signal bridge. Man welds in superstructure. View of other men working to repair damage to the Cruiser.. [Note: The following eyewitness account of the kamikaze attack was recorded by Seamen 1st Class, Enrico Trotta, who was a crew member on the USS Louisville (CA-28) from 1943 to 1946, "At 1923 (hours) two planes which were identified as friendly flew around and one kamikaze dove onto the battleship USS Mississippi BB 41. The other kamikaze plane turned to the Louisville and started to make a run on us. I was on No. #4 - 20 mm AA gun mount on the port side below #2 main battery and I fired 58 rounds to set the kamikaze plane on fire prior to hitting the Louisville’s front smoke stack bending and twisting it and killing 9 men on the 40 mm gun mount mounting on the forward superstructure tripod about 140 feet from our gun mount. The kamikaze also cut our sea plane off and left only the pontoon on the catapult. Three other 20 AA mm gun crews opened up firing 4, 11, and 20 rounds as well. We were not told to fire for we did it on our own. We were only manning the guns at the time and were not on general quarters. Later, the officers came by and said good job."]
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