Casualties and losses:American Personnel:
14,009 dead to 20,195 dead--12,520 killed in action
38,000 wounded to 55,162 wounded
Materiel:12 destroyers sunk-15 amphibious ships sunk
9 other ships sunk-386 ships damaged
765 aircrafts--225 tanks destroyed.
Trailer of Okinawa 1945
The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg was a major battle of the Pacific War fought on the island of Okinawa
by US Marine & Army forces against the Imperial Japanese Army.The initial invasion of Okinawa on April 1, 1945,
was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific Theater of WW2. The 82-day battle lasted from April 1 until June 22, 1945.
After a long campaign of island hopping, the Allies were planning to use Kadena Air Base on the large island of Okinawa
as a base of operations for Operation Downfall, the planned invasion of the Japanese home islands,550 km away.
$profile=The Pacific War The United States Navy's Task Force 58, deployed to the east of Okinawa
The Pacific WarThe Pacific War The United States Navy's Task Force 58, deployed to the east of Okinawa
with a picket group of from 6 to 8 destroyers, kept 13 carriers (7 CVs and 6 CVLs) on duty
from March 23 to April 27 and a smaller number thereafter. Until April 27, a minimum of 14 &
up to 18 escort carriers (CVEs) were in the area at all times. Until April 20, British Task Force 57,
with 4 large and 6 escort carriers, remained off the Sakishima Islands to protect the southern flank.
The protracted length of the campaign under stressful conditions forced Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
to take the unprecedented step of relieving the principal naval commanders to rest and recuperate.
Following the practice of changing the fleet designation with the change of commanders, US naval forces
began the campaign as the US 5th Fleet under Admiral Raymond Spruance, but ended it
as the 3rd Fleet under Admiral William Halsey.