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EXTRACT *): OKINAWA, the last major battle of World War II, began on April 1, 1945 and ended June 21, 1945. The American naval forces assembled there were larger than those at Normandy in June, 1944, and more than 12,000 American and 100,000 Japanese soldiers sacrificed their lives.

The United States lost 763 aircraft and suffered 36 ships being sunk and another 368 damaged, with 43 being so badly damaged they were scrapped. The British Carrier Force (TF 57) suffered four ships damaged, 98 aircraft lost, The Japanese lost 7,830 aircraft, some 4,600 Kamikaze crew died alongside many hundreds of other pilots, 16 warships were sunk and four damaged. See: *)

QUESTION: It needs to be investigated, whether the naval activities in the West Pacific

had an impact on the low sea surface temperatures at Kutsugata (see graphic) 

Chapter : 4_12

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