Island Hopping, Kamikaze, No Prisoners: Images from the Pacific Islands and WW2

The Japanese presented a tenacious, unrelenting foe to U.S. and Allied servicemen who battled with them during an island-hopping campaign across the Pacific.

Island Hopping, Kamikaze, No Prisoners: Images from the Pacific Islands and WW2

Images from that vicious campaign have been assembled by In Focus as part of their weekly 20-part series on World War 2. In the lead image, ordinance strikes the deck of the USS Enterprise, killing 74 (including the photographer taking the picture). In this image, the USS Essex is seen moments before a damaged kamikaze plane hits the deck.

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Island Hopping, Kamikaze, No Prisoners: Images from the Pacific Islands and WW2

The USS Yorktown ensures this Japanese bomber does not inflict the same kind of kamikaze damage as was suffered by the Essex.

Island Hopping, Kamikaze, No Prisoners: Images from the Pacific Islands and WW2

After releasing its bombs over Kokas, Indonesia, a U.S. A-20 Havoc bomber is hit and goes down with no survivors. (Click "expand" and see the down craft)

Island Hopping, Kamikaze, No Prisoners: Images from the Pacific Islands and WW2

The unnamed secondary batteries of an unnamed U.S. cruiser belch death into the skies and leave behind a series of peculiar smoke rings. [In Focus]