Air Attacks at Okinawa
Hyman sailed with Admiral Hall's Southern Attack Force March 27, 1945 and arrived Okinawa April 1st. As troops landed She took station off the transport area protecting the American ships from enemy submarines and planes. ... In the following days she fought off several air attacks and on April 6, led a search group hunting a reported midget submarine. Next day the ship was attacked in company with other picket and patrol ships west of' Ie Shima as the Japanese made desperate suicide attacks in hopes of stopping the landing. Shooting at attacking planes on all sides, Hyman downed several before a damaged aircraft crashed near her torpedo tubes its engine exploding on the main deck. ... While fighting fire and flooding, Hyman helped down two more planes before the engagement ended, leaving 10 of her men killed and over 40 wounded.