That Will Buff Out

In much the same way a bird leaves a mark when it hits your window, a Japanese kamikaze left its mark on this Royal Navy heavy cruiser.

While operating in the Netherlands East Indies during WWII, HMS Sussex (96) was struck just above the waterline by a Mitsubishi Ki-51 “Sonia” dive bomber on July 26, 1945.


‘Twas but a scratch.

Sussex sailed on and hosted the formal Japanese surrender that signaled the recapture of Singapore on September 5, 1945. The cruiser, which was laid down in 1927, was retired after the war, and broken up in 1950.

That left a mark.
Mitsubishi Ki-51 “Sonia” (US Navy)
HMS Sussex in 1940 (Royal Navy)

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