Today in Military History – June 22nd – Okinawa Finally FallsRich
On Okinawa, on June 22nd, 1945, the battle ends. American forces have lost 12,500 dead and 35,500 wounded. The US Navy has had 36 ships sunk and 368 damaged. In the air, the American forces have lost 763 planes. The Japanese losses include 120,000 military and 42,000 civilian dead. For the first time in the war, there are a relatively large number of Japanese prisoners: 10,755. American reports claim the Japanese have lost 7,830 planes.
Based on the American losses on Okinawa it is estimated that US losses in the attack on mainland Japan will be in excess of 100,000 dead and 300,000 wounded.