All images were shot on 16MM newsreel film from the decks of the USS BUSH, by the ship's Medical Officer, Lt. George Johnson. During the three day trip, the convoy found itself under intense attack by Japanese kamikazes and other aircraft.
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|Shortly after 10AM, a ship in the convoy is hit. Thought to be the S.S. JOHN BURKE.|
|Another ship is about to be hit by a Japanese suicide plane, most likely the S.S. WILLIAM SHARON.|
|The cameraman, Lt. George Johnson, swings his camera towards a stricken ship loaded with ammunition.|
|His movie camera captures a tremendous explosion.|
|The S.S. JOHN BURKE, a liberty ship, disappears.|
|All personnel aboard the JOHN BURKE are lost.|
|The size of the blast is readily apparent when contrasted to the ships in the foreground.|
|Inside the Combat Information Center on BUSH, former Executive Officer Tony
Lilly recalled, "The shock was so fierce that I (in CIC) thought we had been hit."
EDITORS NOTE: CIC is the Combat Information Center.
|Convoy ships find themselves caught in the blast smoke.|
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