The document of surrender, signed on this day, ended the war.
Near Okinawa on the 11th of April, 1945, the USS Missouri was hit by a Japanese kamikaze attack – a suicide mission in the style used by the Japanese military during the Second World War.
The battleship only sustained minor, superficial damage, but the pilot was killed. The ship’s American captain insisted on giving him a funeral with full military honours.
It is estimated nearly four-thousand Japanese pilots died this way in the war’s Pacific Theatre.
The Missouri is now famous for being the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan later that year, the event that ended the war.
This photograph is from the 21st of January, 1950, and shows US Navy battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) four days after running aground near Thimble Shoal Light in Virginia, USA. She was trapped there until the 1st of February, when she was refloated and repaired.
The Missouri is famous for being the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan in 1945, ending the Second World War.
In the years following the accident in Virginia, the ship was used in the Korean and Gulf Wars before being transformed into a museum ship at Pearl Harbor.