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Japanese Sailors Salute as the Flagship Carrier Zuikaku Sinks, Cape Engaño, Philippines, October 194

Japanese Sailors Salute as the Flagship Carrier Zuikaku Sinks, Cape Engaño, Philippines, October 194

Taken on 1944-10-24

"Zuikaku cruising toward Hitokappu Bay, Iturup, in November 1941. The carrier Kaga is seen in the background."

Source: Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-08

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

Japanese Fleet at Anchor in Brunei Prior to the Battle of Leyte Gulf, October 1944

Japanese Fleet at Anchor in Brunei Prior to the Battle of Leyte Gulf, October 1944

Taken on 1944-10-01

"It was eventually decided that MacArthur's forces would invade the island of Leyte in the central Philippines. Amphibious forces and close naval support would be provided by the 7th Fleet, commanded by Vice Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid. The 7th Fleet at this time contained units of the US Navy, the Royal Australian Navy, including the County-class heavy cruisers HMAS Shropshire and Australia, and the destroyer Arunta, and possibly a few warships from New Zealand and/or the Netherlands." Exact date unknown.

Source: U.S. Naval Historical Center/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-08

Japanese Battleship Musashi Leaving Brunei En Route to Battle of Leyte Gulf, 1944

Japanese Battleship Musashi Leaving Brunei En Route to Battle of Leyte Gulf, 1944

Taken on 1944-10-01

"As it sortied from its base in Brunei, Kurita's powerful "Center Force" consisted of five battleships (Yamato, Musashi, Nagato, Kongō, and Haruna), ten heavy cruisers (Atago, Maya, Takao, Chōkai, Myōkō, Haguro, Kumano, Suzuya, Tone and Chikuma), two light cruisers (Noshiro and Yahagi) and 15 destroyers." Date unknown.

Source: Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-08

Heavy Cruiser HMAS Australia, Pacific Theatre, September 1944

Heavy Cruiser HMAS Australia, Pacific Theatre, September 1944

Taken on 1944-09-04

"The bridge and forward turrets of the County-class heavy cruiser HMAS Australia, in September 1944. The officer facing right is Captain Emile Dechaineux who was killed on 21 October 1944 in what is reported as the first kamikaze attack."

Source: Australian War Memorial

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-04

Marines Take Cover Behind Tank, Saipan, Northern Marianas, July 1944

Marines Take Cover Behind Tank, Saipan, Northern Marianas, July 1944

Taken on 1944-07-08

"Marines take cover behind one of their medium tanks while cleaning out the northern north end of the island of Saipan. The Japanese were well dug in and making their last stand. July 8, 1944."

Source: National Park Service/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-08

US Marine Moves Through the Jungle of Saipan, Northern Marianas, July 1944

US Marine Moves Through the Jungle of Saipan, Northern Marianas, July 1944

Taken on 1944-07-01

"Holding a Colt M1911, a US Marine moves cautiously through the jungle of Saipan, July 1944."

Source: USMC/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-08

Japanese Carrier Zuikaku and Two Destroyers Under Attack, Battle of the Philippines Sea, June 1944

Japanese Carrier Zuikaku and Two Destroyers Under Attack, Battle of the Philippines Sea, June 1944

Taken on 1944-06-20

"The Battle of the Philippine Sea (June 19–20, 1944) was a decisive naval battle of World War II which eliminated the Imperial Japanese Navy's ability to conduct large-scale carrier actions. It took place during the United States' amphibious invasion of the Mariana Islands during the Pacific War. The battle was the last of five major "carrier-versus-carrier" engagements between American and Japanese naval forces, and involved elements of the United States Navy's Fifth Fleet as well as ships and land-based aircraft from the Imperial Japanese Navy's Mobile Fleet and nearby island garrisons."

Source: US Navy/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-08

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

Bomb Hits Near USS Bunker Hill, Battle of the Philippine Sea, June 1944

Bomb Hits Near USS Bunker Hill, Battle of the Philippine Sea, June 1944

Taken on 1944-06-19

"USS Bunker Hill is nearly hit by a Japanese bomb during the air attacks of June 19, 1944."

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

US Amphibious Craft Headed for Saipan, Northern Marianas, June 1944

US Amphibious Craft Headed for Saipan, Northern Marianas, June 1944

Taken on 1944-06-15

"It had always been the intention of the American planners to bypass the Carolines and Palaus and to seize the Marianas and Taiwan. From these latter bases communications between the Japanese homeland and Japanese forces to the south and west could be cut. In addition, from the Marianas Japan would be well within the range of an air offensive relying on the new Boeing B-29 Superfortress long-range bomber with its operational radius of 1,500 mi (2,400 km)."

Source: US Navy/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-08

Navajo Code Talkers, Saipan, Northern Marianas, June 1944

Navajo Code Talkers, Saipan, Northern Marianas, June 1944

Taken on 1944-06-15

"Philip Johnston, a civil engineer for the city of Los Angeles, proposed the use of Navajo to the United States Marine Corps at the beginning of World War II. Johnston, a World War I veteran, was raised on the Navajo reservation as the son of a missionary to the Navajos, and was one of the few non-Navajos who spoke their language fluently. Because Navajo has a complex grammar, it is not nearly mutually intelligible enough with even its closest relatives within the Na-Dene family to provide meaningful information, and was at this time an unwritten language, Johnston saw Navajo as answering the military requirement for an undecipherable code." Date unknown.

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-08

Red Beach, Battle of Saipan, Northern Marianas, June 1944

Red Beach, Battle of Saipan, Northern Marianas, June 1944

Taken on 1944-06-15

At the Battle of Saipan, "careful Japanese artillery preparation — placing flags in the lagoon to indicate the range — allowed them to destroy about 20 amphibious tanks, and the Japanese strategically placed barbed wire, artillery, machine gun emplacements, and trenches to maximize the American casualties. However, by nightfall the 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions had a beachhead about 6 mi (10 km) wide and 0.5 mi (1 km) deep."

Source: National Park Service/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-08

Standout US Marine Corps Sergeant Robert H. McCard

Standout US Marine Corps Sergeant Robert H. McCard

Taken on 1944-06-15

"On 16 June 1944 [during the Battle of Saipan], Gunnery Sergeant Robert H. McCard, a Marine, killed sixteen enemies while sacrificing himself to ensure the safety of his tank crew. McCard was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions. The USS Robert H. McCard (DD-822), a Gearing-class destroyer, was named in his honor." Portrait date unknown.

Source: USMC/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

Japanese Trucks Moving Towards Luoyang, Operation Ichi-Go, China, 1944

Japanese Trucks Moving Towards Luoyang, Operation Ichi-Go, China, 1944

Taken on 1944-04-30

"Operation Ichi-Go (一号作戦 Ichi-gō Sakusen, lit. "Operation Number One") was a campaign of a series of major battles between the Imperial Japanese Army forces and the National Revolutionary Army of the Republic of China, fought from April to December 1944. It consisted of three separate battles in the Chinese provinces of Henan, Hunan and Guangxi." Exact date unknown.

Source: Yomiuri Shimbun/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-08

Japanese Forces in Henan, Operation Ichi-Go, 1944

Japanese Forces in Henan, Operation Ichi-Go, 1944

Taken on 1944-04-30

"In the Operation Kogo, 390,000 Chinese soldiers, led by General Tang Enbo (湯恩伯), were deployed to defend the strategic position of Luoyang. The 3rd Tank Division of the IJA crossed the Yellow River around Zhengzhou in late April and defeated Chinese forces near Xuchang, then swung around clockwise and besieged Luoyang. Luoyang was defended by three Chinese divisions. The 3rd Tank Division began to attack Luoyang on May 13 and took it on May 25." Date unknown.

Source: Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-08

British Indian Troops at the Arakan Front, Burma, 1944

British Indian Troops at the Arakan Front, Burma, 1944

Taken on 1944-01-01

"An Indian infantry, 7th Rajput Regiment about to go on patrol on the Arakan front in Burma, 1944." Exact date unknown.

Source: Imperial War Museums/Wikipedia

Uploaded by northway on 2014-09-13

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