April 11 1945, Near Okinawa. A Japanese Special Attack A6M Zero, possibly piloted by Petty Officer
2nd Class Kenkichi Ishii or Petty Officer 2nd Class Setsuo Ishino, ramming into the U.S.S. Missouri.
At 2:39 PM, Ishino, with Ishii near him, radioed that he spotted U.S. ships and at 2:43 PM, one Zero hit the Missouri.
At 2:47 PM, a second Zero was shot down near the battleship,so it is unclear which of the two pilots hit the U.S.S. Missouri.
The Zero crashed into the hull and the 500 lb bomb did not detonate, but the fuel tank exploded,
sending parts of the plane and pilot throughout the deck of the ship. The remains of the pilot
were buried at sea with Military Honors. Some of the damage left on the U.S.S. Missouri can still be seen
today. Photo by Len Schmidt, United States Navy Naval History and Heritage Command NH 62696