the sinking of
the Battleship Yamato
The Museum of Military Memorabilia
hosting a presentation featuring Ed Sieber
, a Navy Pilot from WWII who participated
in a coordinated attack by 400 planes from a dozen U.S. Aircraft Carriers to sink the Japanese Battleship
began at 2:00 with Museum
President Robert McDonald introducing Ed Sieber’s wife, June.
She gave a brief history of her husbands accomplishments
including being awarded the Silver Star in
his first attempt on the Yamato.
. The Navy Cross for Hitting the Yamato on the second attempt and two Distinguished Flying
Crosses and four Air Medals for actions during a total of 31 combat missions. June Sieber then introduced Ed Sieber.
Ed started his
presentation with a description of how he was recruited into the Navy as a Flyer and in 1943 he received a Commission and got his Wings.
He talked of life as the War started, the attempt of limiting Japanese sea power which lead them to building the Giant 70,000 ton Yamato.
A description of the Doolittle raid on Tokyo and the eventual Japanese raid on Midway. On March 19, 1945 Ed Sieber joined in an
attack on Kuri where the Yamato was built when the giant Battleship was seen heading for the open sea. He was in a formation of 8 dive
bombers ordered to go after the Yamato. None of the bombers hit the Yamato and one was lost. On April 7, 1945 the Yamato was again spotted
200 miles away from the American Task force.
A coordinated attack took place with Ed Sieber in the slot position in a formation of SB2C Helldiver dive bombers
. Starting at 20,000
feet and going straight down in a 90 degrees dive Ed Sieber struck the Yamato with both of his 1000 pound bombs striking a vital blow
on the Yamato. Eventually 13 torpedoes stuck the starboard side of the Yamato and the great ship rolled over and sank after 2 hours.
Also at the presentation was Lenny Manchuck, Radio Operator in one of the Torpedo Bombers that struck the Yamato.
This was a great chance to celebrate an important victory in WWII history with a member of the Greatest Generation who participated in it. Make plans to experience this event in Person this year on August 10 ( Saturday) at 1pm, at The museum of Military Memorabilia as Ed recreates this very important event in our Nations History, From one of the Navy Pilots that was in the battle.
While we wait for the Video of Ed Speaking from this years event,
here is a Video about the Yamato’s last days in two parts