USS Bunker Hill hit by two Kamikazes in 30 seconds off Kyushu, 11 May 1945
As morning bled across the Philippine Sea on 11 May 1945, the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill was crippled by two kamikaze strikes. A Mitsubishi A6M Zero “Zeke” fighter emerged like an apparition from low cloud and quickly dove, dropping a 550-lb bomb that smashed out the ship’s side before itself crashing onto the flight deck and skidding over the side. A huge blaze erupted as some 30 parked planes full of fuel were destroyed. But there was to be no respite.