May 25, 1945 – This Day During World War ll – Japanese special attack aircraft sank destroyer USS Bates

May 25, 1945 – Japanese special attack aircraft sank destroyer USS Bates and damaged several other ships off Okinawa, Japan. Part of these attacks included an Ohka combat sortie by 11 G4M bombers, most of which were turned back due to poor weather while the few that launched their Ohka weapons reported no hits.
USS Bates (DE-68/APD-47), a Buckley-class destroyer escort of the United States Navy, was named in honor of Ensign Edward M. Bates (19 September 1919 – 7 December 1941), who was killed on board USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
At 1115 on 25 May, while patrolling two miles south of Ie Shima, Okinawa, Bates was attacked by three Japanese aircraft. The first dropped a bomb, scoring a near miss which ruptured the starboard hull of the ship, and then crashed into the starboard side of the fantail. The second aircraft, almost simultaneously, made a suicide hit on the pilothouse. Shortly thereafter, the third aircraft made a bombing run scoring a near miss amidships, portside, rupturing the hull. At 1145 the commanding officer ordered Bates abandoned. Twenty-one of her crew were either dead or missing from the attacks. During the afternoon, the tug Cree (ATF-84) was able to get a line aboard and towed Bates to Ie Shima anchorage. At 1923 on 25 May 1945, the still burning Bates capsized and sank in 20 fathoms of water.

USS Bates (DE-68/APD-47) burning after Japanese special attack aircraf

2 thoughts on “May 25, 1945 – This Day During World War ll – Japanese special attack aircraft sank destroyer USS Bates

  1. 1942? I think you mean 1945, right?

    1. You are correct, my mistake, thanks for pointing that out.

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