USS Saratoga (CV-3) Saratoga hit by a kamikaze, 21 February 1945 via Wikipedia Lo, was struck by a A6M Zero fighter and sunk in less than an hour, killing 100 Americans. 3,913 Japanese kamikaze pilot's died altogether. Landing craft, aux landing ship, and destroyers. Kamikaze of 1274 and 1281, (1274, 1281), a pair of massive typhoons (tropical cyclones) that each wrecked a Mongol fleet attempting to invade Japan in 1274 and 1281. The very first ship sunk by a Kamikaze was the USS Sonoma, an ocean tugboat. At the time of surrender, the Japanese had more than 9,000 planes in the home islands available for Kamikaze attack, and more than 5,000 had already been specially fitted for suicide attack to resist the planned invasion. Bill Gordon, an American expert in kamikaze attack, â47 ships known to have been sunk by kamikaze aircraft.â According to aircgroup4.com: â7,465 Kamikazes flew to their deaths, 120 US ships were sunk, with many more damaged, 3,048 allied sailors were killed and anther 6,025 wounded.â A majority of the merchant ships sunk in the Pacific were sunk by kamikaze suicide pilots. What follows is a list of 6 fleet carriers that survived kamikaze attacks and were later repaired in put back into service. Destroyers (DD, DE) took the brunt of the hits since they were usually on the outermost ring of fleet defense. 182 ships. According to a U.S. Navy report, a kamikaze had been shot down within 75 yards of the bow of the ship on April 6 and three bombs were dropped near the ship on April 9 but missed their mark. There were 47 allied ships were sunk by Japanese Kamikaze aircraft attacks during the second world war. Many more escort carriers were hit and survived but fall outside the scope of this article. Around 2000 kamikaze flights were mounted during World War II. The targets were U.S. escort carriers; one, the St. The storms destroyed most of the Mongol ships and dispersed the rest, forcing the attackers to abandon their plans and fortuitously saving Japan from foreign conquest. This ship was sunk by a kamikaze during operations in Leyte Gulf October 23, 1944. The main targets were aircraft carriers (CV, CVL, CVE) but because they were usually heavily screened by other ships and fighters for protection, the kamikazes hit the nearest / easiest ships they could get to. Twenty ships loaded with troops and ammunition were anchored at Leyte fighting off the round-the-clock kamikaze attacks. They sank 40 US ships. Out of 101 DDs, DMs, and DMSs assigned to radar picket stations, 10 were sunk and 32 were damaged by kamikaze attacks. How many U.S ships were sunk during 1945? The 88 LCS(L)s assigned to picket stations had 2 sunk and 11 damaged by kamikazes, whereas the 11 LSM(R)s had the highest casualty rate from kamikaze hits with 3 sunk and 2 â¦ The great majority of these ships were hit during the Okinawa campaign, with 24 ships being sunk and 198 damaged. Which US Naval vessel was the very first sunk by by a Kamikaze? âAt about 0755 numerous enemy planes were contacted by our instruments as coming towards the ship (and Okinawa) from the north, distance about 55 miles,â he wrote in â¦ Thunder Gods: The Kamikaze Pilots Tell Their Story by Hatsuho Naito Altogether, 3,913 Japanese kamikaze pilots died in the "special attack" missions against US and Allied forces during the war. Kamikaze â Image from The last kamikaze: two Japanese pilots tell how they cheated death Of these, 3 were escort carriers: the U.S.S. The vast majority of ships sank by Kamikaze attacks were smaller vessels.