Table of Data Points
|1945-07-30||USS Indianapolis sunk|
USS Indianapolis is sunk by Japanese submarine i-58. 317 of 1,196 crew members survived the sinking.
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|1945-07-26||Little Boy reaches Tinian|
The nine Uranium projectile rings, vital components of the Little Boy atomic bomb destined for Hiroshima, are delivered to Tinian island by the USS Indianapolis.
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|1945-07-17||1945-07-18||US bombards Hitachi|
Allied battleships commanded by Rear Admiral Badger, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Alabama and HMS King George V and accompanying cruisers and destroyers, bombard industrial facilities near Hitachi.
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|1945-07-14||First naval bombardment|
Rear Admiral John Shafroth leads Task Unit 34.8.1 in the first naval bombardment of the Japanese coastline. The battleships USS South Dakota, Indiana and Massachusetts as well as 2 heavy cruisers and nine destroyers attacked iron works near Kamaishi.
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Australians troops land and create a small perimeter. Failure to bring heavy weapons and support elements ashore after a number of landing craft ran aground. Japanese responded quickly, surrounded the beachhead and forced the Australians to withdraw.
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|1945-05-03||Lubeck Bay Ships|
Unaware of the true nature of their targets, RAF Typhoons of 83 Group of the 2nd Tactical Air Force attack three prison ships in Lubeck Bay, Deutschland, Thielbek, and Cap Arcona. Thousands of prisoners are killed.
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In one of the largest maritime disasters in history, the German transport ship Goya was sunk by a Soviet submarine. When the ship went down she was carrying over 7000 civilians and wounded Wehrmacht troops. 183 survived.
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During a RAF air raid on the Kiel dockyards involving over 300 aircraft, the pocket Battleship Admiral Scheer was struck by bombs and capsized at her berth.
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Having been hit by multiple bombs and torpedoes, the Japanese Battleship Yamato rolls and then explodes. An estimated 3,055 of her 3,332 crew were lost, including Vice-Admiral Seiichi Ito.
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US fight the largest amphibious campaign in the Pacific Theatre of the war. The US objective was to seize a large island only 340 miles away from mainland Japan. Approximately 120,00 troops and 150,000 civilians were killed in the campaign.
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