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Yamato's Final Voyage

  • By Lexi Krock
  • Posted 12.01.09
  • NOVA

Near the end of WWII, on April 7, 1945, the pride of Japan's navy, the battleship Yamato, succumbed to American airpower. Cataclysmic explosions tore the ship in half and sent her to the seafloor with most of her crew of about 3,000. Only a handful of photos from Yamato's final hours—many taken from attacking aircraft—have survived. Here, see the dramatic archival images.

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Relive the Japanese battleship's last moments as American warplanes made their fatal attack.

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(all photos except Yahagi)
Courtesy U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
(Yahagi)
Courtesy Mikasa Memorial Museum, Yokosuka, Japan/wikipedia.org

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