THU 17 MAY 1945
Carrier aircraft (Rear Admiral Clifton A.F. Sprague) strike Japanese installations on Taroa Island, Maloelap Atoll, Marshalls.
USAAF 21st Bomber Command begins operations against airfields on Kyushu and Shikoku from which Japanese kamikaze attacks are launched; the raids will continue through 11 May 1945.
Destroyer Douglas H. Fox (DD-779) is damaged by kamikaze off Okinawa, 25°59'N, 126°54'E.
Off Wadanomisaki, Japan, USAAF mines sink Japanese transport Tairyu Maru, 34°27'N, 135°11'E, and army cargo ship Koan Maru, 34°38'N, 135°11'E; mines also sink merchant cargo ship Mikazuki Maru in Yangtze below below Woosung, China, 32°05'N, 119°56'E, and damage Coast Defense Vessel No.200 inside Miyazu harbor.
Japanese auxiliary minesweeper Wa.101 is damaged by aircraft from carriers Saratoga (CV-3) and HMS I llustrious, at Surabaya, Java.
Japanese auxiliary submarine chasers No.2 Hakusan Maru, Wakatake Maru and Yobai Maru are damaged by aircraft off Ishigaki Island.
Sunday, May 17, 2020
Small Craft Damaged
by M. Bouffant at 19:45