According to Yamato's TROM on Combinedfleet.com, an "uncontrollable" fire occurred in the upper secondary armament magazine aft that could not be contained. This fire was caused by a single bomb, but it is unclear whether or not the failure of Yamato's damage control party (probably owing to broken water mains) was a consequence of the same bomb or one that hit immediately before. In any case, this bomb was either the second or third bomb to hit Yamato, and it would inexorably have detonated her upper secondary magazine, and probably the adjactent 18" magazine next to it. It could be very reasonably hypothesized that Yamato was sunk by two bombs, and that all the rest of the ordnance simply sank her faster yet.
The idea that Yamato or Musashi were relatively durable bomb soaks is largely a matter of the fact that being the biggest target she drew the most fire. In my view, she's the only battleship sunk three times in her final voyage; flooding from torpedo hits put her underwater before her after magazines could explode from the uncontrollable fire. Ironically, modern underwater photography indicates that her forward magazine detonated underwater. Hence "sunk three times."
Edit: Something wierd happened here. I posted this in the "Yamato" thread in WitP and somehow the post wound up in Carriers at War forum. Please dis dis disregard in this forum.
< Message edited by mdiehl -- 10/17/2008 7:55:50 PM >
Show me a fellow who rejects statistical analysis a priori and I'll show you a fellow who has no knowledge of statistics.
Didn't we have this conversation already?