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Published on Aug 11, 2008
IJN Battleship HARUNA wreck at Kure after World War II.
24 July 1945: Aircraft from Vice Admiral (later Admiral) John S. "Slew" McCain's (former CO of RANGER, CV-4)Task Force 38 attack Kure. HARUNA is hit by one bomb portside aft which causes light damage. In their last major action, 343rd NAG "George" fighters attack the retiring American carrier planes over the Bungo Suido and claim 19 aircraft shot down against four losses.
28 July 1945: At Kure. From 0800 to 1700, HARUNA is attacked again by the USS WASP's (CV-18) Air Group 86, SHANGRI-LA (CV-38) and other aircraft from Task Force 38. She receives many hits and near misses. At 1300, she is attacked but not hit by over 70 USAAF B-24's of the 7th AF's 11th Bomb Group and other groups based at Yontan Air Base, Okinawa.
At 1615, HARUNA comes under a final heavy attack, and is holed portside. This causes a list that brings the gash inflicted on 24 July under water. HARUNA takes on tons of water and sinks in shallow water next to a pier at 34-15N, 132-29E. In the two days of attacks, HARUNA receives nine bomb hits and 65 officers and men are lost.