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  • #16
    The fire boats were given their fair of attention, by the kikusui units.
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    • #17
      Originally posted by OpanaPointer View Post
      The fire boats were given their fair of attention, by the kikusui units.
      Unfortunately, steel doesn't burn...

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      • #18
        Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
        Unfortunately, steel doesn't burn...
        They got the nickname because they looked like this.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by OpanaPointer View Post
          They couldn't sink Laffey!

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          No but they sank about 47 ships/vessels of various types. Including 14 destroyers and 3 Aircraft Carrier Escort.

          But imagine frontal Kamikaze attacks on aircraft.

          P.S HMS Formidable was written off due structural damage to her by a Kamikaze attack, yes she may not have been sunk but took no further part in WW2

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Roddoss72 View Post
            P.S HMS Formidable was written off due structural damage to her by a Kamikaze attack, yes she may not have been sunk but took no further part in WW2
            HMS FORMIDABLE - Illustrious-class Fleet Aircraft Carrier

            From the service history of HMS Formidable.
            Damage from Kamikaze attacks suffered on May 4 1945 and May 9 1945.
            After May 5th attack power restored and operations continued
            After May 9th attack stayed operational.
            After refit/r&r in June continued operations until almost the end of WW2 including air attacks on Mainland Japan.
            On August 9th 1945:
            Attacked airfields and shipping in North Honshu and Hokkaido with HMS VICTORIOUS HMS INDEFATIGABLE and HMS IMPLACABLE. Cover was provided by major RN units of TF37.During an attack on Onegawa a CORSAIR piloted by Lieut. Robert Gray, DSC, RCNVR bombed and sank the Japanese frigate AMAKUSA despite extensive cross-fire from other ships. For this feat of bravery which cost him his life was awarded the VC posthumously.
            So HMS Formidable was not written off due to damage from a Kamikaze attack and served and took much further part in World War Two after being attacked by Kamikazes.
            Last edited by CarpeDiem; 04 Jun 14, 22:28.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by CarpeDiem View Post
              HMS FORMIDABLE - Illustrious-class Fleet Aircraft Carrier

              From the service history of HMS Formidable.
              Damage from Kamikaze attacks suffered on May 4 1945 and May 9 1945.
              After May 5th attack power restored and operations continued
              After May 9th attack stayed operational.
              After refit/r&r in June continued operations until almost the end of WW2 including air attacks on Mainland Japan.
              On August 9th 1945:


              So HMS Formidable was not written off due to damage from a Kamikaze attack and served and took much further part in World War Two after being attacked by Kamikazes.
              Quit correct. After the second hit on 9 May she remained operational, before suffering a serious hangar fire on 18th. Even then, she continued to operate aircraft until 22nd, when she left for Manus for temporary repairs, and then undertook further repairs in Sydney.

              She rejoined the BPF (Task Force 37) on 6 July, and remained operational until the whole of the BPF returned to Manus on 12 August.

              After the war she transported former POWs to Sydney, and British troops back to the UK (steaming some 100,000 miles during this period). In July 46 she was placed in reserve, before being placed on the disposal list in 1950.

              She arrived at Inverkeithing on 12 May, 1953, for breaking up.

              Prior to that, she had been considered for modernisation, but this never took place, as her material condition had deteriorated during her time in reserve.

              By no stretch of the imagination could it be claimed that she was 'written off.'

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              • #22
                The Luftwaffe suicide pilots of the "Leonidas Squaron"
                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonidas_Squadron

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