Avengers from the Cabot and Intrepid attacked the enemy superbattleship Musashi [the Palace] and she withstood 3 more torpedo hits. The IJN Myoko was damaged, but the carrier aircraft continued to concentrate on the “Palace.” Kurita, on the Yamato radioed out: “URGENT REQUEST LAND-BASED AIR FORCE AND MOBILE FORCE TO MAKE PROMPT ATTACK ON ENEMY CARRIER FORCE IN SIBUYAN SEA.” This call went unanswered.
The Musachi took 7 more torpedoes, that hit her port quarter and bridge tower, and still she moved at 6 knots. Kurita ordered the experimental “San shiki” shells to be loaded into the guns. (These were designed to loft fragmentation bombs at low-flying planes.) But finally, after 17 bombs and 19 torpedoes, the Palace succumbed and sank vertically like a skyscraper.
VAdmiral Toshihira Inoguchi chose to go down with his ship; 1,376 of her 2,399-man crew were rescued. About…
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