The Adversary

Japan Naval Ensign

Okinawa 1945,  Courtesy of USAAF.

Looking approximately north. The last organized resistance was at the bottom of
the island. Naha City is at the left on both sides of the water channel and small bay.
Just below that, tip jutting out, is now Okinawa’s International Airport. It was then a
Japanese military airfield.

Well equipped Japanese infantrymen on patrol on Okinawa.

Japanese Army Infantry Battle Flag.
Picture taken in Japanese War Museum, Naha, Okinawa, 1982.

It was customary for individual soldiers to sign their unit’s flag.

Japanese Kamikaze [Divine Wind] pilots preparing to fly a mission against US naval forces.

Note from Webmaster: Many people have asked the question of why did these pilots wear parachutes if they
were on a suicide mission? I can hardly speak for Japanese Air Staff but I can tell you the pilot, that
steered his aircraft into the starboard side of the Hadley at the waterline, was wearing a chute. A complete
chute, with the silk canopy intact, was retrieved after draining the compartments. These compartments
flooded so fast that there was no fire. The recovered chute went to Capt. Mullaney as a war trophy.

For those too young to remember, ladies silk stocking were out for the duration, the source being Japan.
American ingenuity being what it is, leg paint was developed as a substitute. I might add that this invention
played havoc with a sailor’s white liberty uniform.

Aft view of a Japanese BAKA glide bomb.  The Japanese called it Ohkra.

Note from Webmaster: It was believed by some that the HADLEY may have been hit
by  such a weapon. Later on and according to BuShips specialists it was determined
to have been a 500# bomb.

Side view of said glide bomb.

Note from the Webmaster: Little known to the American public is that this was a Rocket propelled
vehicle. After launch from the mother ship it had enough fuel to steer in the direction of it’s target
before the fuel was expended. Then it was a matter of lift over glide free fall to the target. There is
one of these on display at Wright-Patterson Air Force Museum, Dayton, OH.

This one made it all the way to the U. S. Air Force Museum,
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

A Japanese ‘Betty’ Bomber.

These relatively large aircraft were used to deliver the BAKA glide bombs to their targets.

Note from Webmaster: These aircraft were a striking similarity with the USN P2V Neptune, manufactured
1944-1962.  This author worked and flew on the P2V while working for Lockheed at Burbank, CA.

A Japanese ‘Zeke’ fighter plane.

This model was often used as a kamikaze aircraft by Japanese aircrews.

Images of Yontan

Scaled Map depicting Landing Beaches,
Yontan Air Field, and other important locations.

We of the Hadley never really knew where the F4U flights originated.
This picture makes it fact, it was Yontan Air Field on Okinawa, the
first air field captured from Japanese forces. Yontan was believed to be the
first air field for Corsair combat air patrol missions. 

Wreckage of a Japanese aircraft having crash-landed on
Yontan to deliver a crew of Giretsu commandoes. Sent
to sabotage the American Air Field, all were killed.

One of many harassing our troops on the ground, this
Japanese aircraft ended up destroyed. 

A view of Yontan Air Field looking northwest
with the China Sea in the background.