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USS Essex Hit By Kamikaze, Near Luzon, Phillipines, November 1944

USS Essex Hit By Kamikaze, Near Luzon, Phillipines, November 1944

Taken on 1944-11-25

"A Japanese kamikaze aircraft explodes after crashing into Essex's flight deck amidships 25 November 1944."

Source: US Naval Historical Center

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-04

USS St. Lo Endures Kamikaze Hit, Battle of Leyte Gulf, October 1944

USS St. Lo Endures Kamikaze Hit, Battle of Leyte Gulf, October 1944

Taken on 1944-10-25

"The first major explosion following the impact of the Kamikaze aircraft has created a fireball that has risen to about 300 feet above the flight deck. The largest object above that fireball is the aft aircraft elevator, which was hurled to a height of about 1,000 feet by this first explosion. In this photo it is about 800 feet high."

Source: U.S. Navy/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-04

Escort Carrier USS White Plains is Attacked by Kamikaze, Battle of Leyte Gulf, October 1944

Escort Carrier USS White Plains is Attacked by Kamikaze, Battle of Leyte Gulf, October 1944

Taken on 1944-10-25

"White Plains attack by Tokkotai unit 25 October 1944. The aircraft in the photograph missed the carrier and impacted the water." "The escort carrier or escort aircraft carrier (hull classification symbol CVE), also called a "jeep carrier" or "baby flattop" in the United States Navy (USN) or "Woolworth Carrier" by the Royal Navy, was a small and slow type of aircraft carrier used by the Royal Navy, the Imperial Japanese Navy and Imperial Japanese Army Air Force, and the United States Navy in World War II. They were typically half the length and a third the displacement of larger fleet carriers. While they were slower, carried fewer planes, and were less well armed and armored, escort carriers were cheaper and could be built quickly - this was their principal advantage, as escort carriers could be completed in greater numbers as a stop-gap when fleet carriers were scarce."

Source: bosamar.com/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-06

Remains of Kamikaze Plane After Failed Attack on USS Kitkun Bay, Battle of Leyte, World War II, Phil

Remains of Kamikaze Plane After Failed Attack on USS Kitkun Bay, Battle of Leyte, World War II, Phil

Taken on 1944-10-12

"Remains of Yokosuka D4Y "Suisei" aircraft tail section (starboard elevator unit) aboard USS Kitkun Bay (CVE 71) after Kamikaze attack. The Judy made a run on the ship approaching from dead astern, it was met by effective fire and the plane passed over the island and exploded. Parts of the plane and the pilot were scattered over the flight deck and the forecastle."

Source: Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-04

US Fighter Lands Aboard USS Lexington, Battle of the Philippine Sea, June 1944

US Fighter Lands Aboard USS Lexington, Battle of the Philippine Sea, June 1944

Taken on 1944-06-19

On the Battle of the Philippine Sea: "Since control of the Marianas would place the Japanese home islands in range of the new American B-29 Superfortress strategic bombers, the IJN decided that the time for the long-awaited Kantai Kessen (decisive battle) had arrived. Toyoda immediately ordered a fleet-based counterattack, which would commit nearly all of the Japanese navy's serviceable ships to the coming engagement."

Source: US Navy/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-08

Contrails Over the Battle of the Philippine Sea, June 1944

Contrails Over the Battle of the Philippine Sea, June 1944

Taken on 1944-06-19

"The battle was nicknamed the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot by American aviators for the severely disproportional loss ratio inflicted upon Japanese aircraft by American pilots and anti-aircraft gunners. During a debriefing after the first two air battles a pilot from USS Lexington remarked "Why, hell, it was just like an old-time turkey shoot down home!" The outcome is generally attributed to American improvements in pilot and crew training and tactics, war technology, and ship and aircraft design. Although at the time the battle appeared to be a missed opportunity to destroy the Japanese fleet, the Imperial Japanese Navy had lost the bulk of their carrier air strength and would never recover."

Source: US Navy/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-08

US Forces Celebrate the Downing of Numerous Japanese Planes, Battle of the Philippine Sea, June 1944

US Forces Celebrate the Downing of Numerous Japanese Planes, Battle of the Philippine Sea, June 1944

Taken on 1944-06-19

"Alex Vraciu signals six kills following his "Turkey Shoot" mission. Note how the horizontal stabilizer is being used as an impromptu table for his flight gear. During the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot on June 19, 1944, he downed six dive bombers in eight minutes."

Source: US Navy/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-08

Air Supply Drop to American Troops, Myitkyina, Burma, 1944

Air Supply Drop to American Troops, Myitkyina, Burma, 1944

Taken on 1944-06-01

"The fighting in the Burma Campaign in 1944 was among the most severe in the South-East Asian Theatre of World War II. It took place along the borders between Burma and India, and Burma and China, and involved the British Commonwealth, Chinese and United States forces, against the forces of the Empire of Japan and the Indian National Army. British Commonwealth land forces were drawn primarily from the United Kingdom, British India and Africa." Date unknown.

Source: Imperial War Museums/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-08

8th Airforce Bombing Germany's Marienburg Factories

8th Airforce Bombing Germany's Marienburg Factories

Taken on 1943-10-09

'"CLASSIC precision bombing featured this attack by 100 B-17s on a Focke-Wulf plant at Marienburg on Oct. 9, 1943. Results (above): two assembly buildings (1) gutted; another (2) damaged; hangars (3) gutted; stores and buildings (4) and boiler house (5) destroyed; other buildings (6) damaged. Cost to AAF: 2 B-17s. Pictures at left show target before (top) and during attack (bottom [5 B-17s]).'

Source: NARA FILE #: 208-YE-7

Uploaded by SATest on 2014-06-26

RAF Curtis P-40, Medenine, Tunisia, 1943

RAF Curtis P-40, Medenine, Tunisia, 1943

Taken on 1943-01-01

"A Kittyhawk Mark III of 112 Squadron, taxiing through scrub at Medenine, Tunisia. The ground crewman on the wing is directing the pilot, whose view ahead is hindered by the aircraft's nose." Exact date unknown.

Source: Imperial War Museums/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-13

Civilians Flee German Bombardment of Leningrad

Civilians Flee German Bombardment of Leningrad

Taken on 1942-12-10

“After bombing”. Citizens of Leningrad leaving their houses destroyed by German bombing.

Source: Boris Kudoyarov/RIA Novosti

Uploaded by SATest on 2014-06-25

US Interceptors Move to Engage Japanese Aircraft, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, September 1942

US Interceptors Move to Engage Japanese Aircraft, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, September 1942

Taken on 1942-09-01

"U.S. Marine F4F Wildcat fighters ascend from Henderson Field to attack incoming Japanese aircraft in late August or early September 1942." Exact date unknown.

Source: US Navy/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-13

USS Enterprise Under Aerial Attack Off Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, August 1942

USS Enterprise Under Aerial Attack Off Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, August 1942

Taken on 1942-08-24

"The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6) heels over violently during the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, 24 August 1942. A fire fed by burning powder flares brightly in her Group 3 12.7 cm (5") gun gallery (starboard-side aft), set off by a Japanese bomb that killed 38 men."

Source: US Navy/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-13

Lunga Point Airfield, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, July 1942

Lunga Point Airfield, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, July 1942

Taken on 1942-07-01

"The airfield at Lunga Point on Guadalcanal under construction by Japanese and conscripted Korean laborers in July 1942."

Source: Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-13

US Ensign George Gay Next to His TBD Devastator, Battle of Midway, June 1942

US Ensign George Gay Next to His TBD Devastator, Battle of Midway, June 1942

Taken on 1942-06-04

Ensign Gay was the sole survivor of his unit at the Battle of Midway.

Source: Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-08-24

Battle of Midway, South Pacific, World War II, June 1944

Battle of Midway, South Pacific, World War II, June 1944

Taken on 1942-06-04

The Battle of Midway in the Pacific Theatre of World War II took place from June 4-7, 1942, between naval forces of the United States and Japan. Aircraft carriers played an extremely important role on both sides of the conflict. Midway Island itself was important as a refueling and resupply outpost for US naval forces operating out of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

Source: US Navy

Uploaded by northway on 2014-08-24

Midway Atoll, Pacific Theatre of World War II

Midway Atoll, Pacific Theatre of World War II

Taken on 1942-06-04

Midway Atoll, Pacific Theatre of World War II

Source: history.navy.mil

Uploaded by northway on 2014-08-24

Flying Tigers Over China, May 1942

Flying Tigers Over China, May 1942

Taken on 1942-05-28

"The Tigers' shark-faced fighters remain among the most recognizable of any individual combat aircraft and combat unit of World War II, and they demonstrated innovative tactical victories when the news in the U.S. was filled with little more than stories of defeat at the hands of the Japanese forces."

Source: R.T. Smith/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-13

Deck of Japanese Carrier Akagi, Pacific Theatre of World War II, April 1942

Deck of Japanese Carrier Akagi, Pacific Theatre of World War II, April 1942

Taken on 1942-04-04

The Japanse carrier Akagi featured prominently in the Battle of Midway in June 1942.

Source: Kure Maritime Museum

Uploaded by northway on 2014-08-24

Flying Tigers Pilot, Asian Theatre, World War II

Flying Tigers Pilot, Asian Theatre, World War II

Taken on 1942-01-01

"Flight leader and fighter ace Robert "R.T." Smith stands next to his P-40 fighter at Kunming, China. The “Flying Tiger” insignia was created by the Walt Disney Company."

Source: Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-13

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