On or about May 3, 1945, the Light Cruiser Birmingham was hit by a Kamikaze plane at Okinawa. The bomb penetrated three decks and exploded in the sick bay, killing most of the doctors, nurses and patients there along with many other of the personnel. I witnessed this from the shore. After the blast, a thick smoke ring formed over Birmingham and as it rose, it expanded in diameter. When it reached a height of around a thousand feet the diameter had increased to almost a mile across. Eugene Sledge touched on this in his book, "With the Old Breed ay Pelelieu and Okinawa." In July we were sent to the Phillipines for "mop-up" operations and to wait for the invasion of Japan, scheduled for November, 1945. While on Mindoro someone showed me a double spread picture in a magazine and I've forgotten the name of the magazine. I've ruled out Life magazine as my library has a complete set for that time period The picture was taken from a plane above the smoke ring and shows the Birmingham centered in the middle of the halo. I think it was taken from one of the artillery spotter planes stationed at Yomitan airfield. I have searched high and low all these years for that picture and posted almost the same message on another WW2 forum five or six years ago without success. If anyone has seen this picture I would appreciate knowing what magazine it was in. Or if anyone has any tips on how to continue this search I would appreciate that also. I have searched the Naval Archives, nothing there. Any help will be more than appreciated.