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A U.S. Army Air Forces Martin B-26G-11-MA Marauder (s/n 43-34565) from the 497th Bombardment Squadron, 344th Bombardment Group, 9th Air Force, enveloped in flames and hurtling earthward after enemy flak scored a direct hit on left engine while aircraft was attacking front line enemy communications center at Erkelenz, Germany.


A U.S. Navy Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat after crashing on a U.S. Essex-class carrier off Peleliu in 1944. The plane had been shot up over Peleliu, taking out the hydraulics. With the shot up ailerons and a large hole in the right wing, the pilot managed a landing. However, he struck a gun turret and the plane disintegrated. He survived with minor injuries.
Note: Although the Naval Aviation News describes this as an accident happened off Peleliu, this scene appears in the movie “The Fighting Lady” in an earlier context. Also, the US insignia is the mid-1943 one, with red borders. The crash therefore probably happened during Yorktown´s working-up period in 1943.


Crash landing of F6F-3, Number 30 of Fighting Squadron Two (VF-2), USS Enterprise, into the carrier’s port side 20mm gun gallery, 10 November 1943 whilst en route to attack Makin Island. Lieutenant Walter L. Chewning, Jr., USNR, the Catapult Officer, is climbing up the plane’s side to assist the pilot from the burning aircraft. The pilot, Ensign Byron M. Johnson, escaped without significant injury. Enterprise was then en route to support the Gilberts Operation. Note the plane’s ruptured belly fuel tank.


Wreckage of Japanese Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero plane shot down by USAAF fighters near the Civil Construction Coprs camp in Wahiawa, T.H., during the Japanese attack on Wheeler Field, Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941


Salerno, 9 September 1943 (Operation Avalanche): Supermarine Spitfires manned by American pilots lined up ready for action on an airfield near Salerno littered with the wreckage of enemy aircraft and aircraft parts. The enemy aircraft were destroyed in Allied bombing attacks on the airfield.


An USAAF C-47 aircraft, hit by flak returning from the Market-Garden drop, burns after crash-landing into a knocked-out German Jagdpanther in a field near Geel in Belgium.
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Views of the North American P-51D Mustang and the Republic P-47D (Bubble Canopy Version) in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Riverside(Dayton) Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photos by Ken LaRock)

Roger Brigner, a museum restoration specialist at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, moves the North American A-36A Apache back toward the WWII Gallery on Aug. 13, 2018. Several WWII era aircraft were temporarily placed throughout the museum to provide adequate space for the Memphis Belle exhibit opening events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

A view of the Lockheed P-38L Lightning before being towed to the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Aug. 13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Museum restoration crews move the Republic P-47D (Bubble Canopy Version) back into the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Aug. 14, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

RAF Alconbury, Cambridgeshire. A 500lb bomb detonated while being loaded onto a B-17, setting off the other bombs on the aircraft; 19 were killed and 21 injured. 27 May 1943
The US Navy has officially validated the identity of WWII submarine S-28 (SS-133) wreck located off Oahu, Hawaii, in 2017.

3D Photogrammetry Imagery of the deck gun and bridge of the USS S-28 lost 75 years ago on July 4th, 1944. Photo: Lost 52 Project

After almost 75 years, Tim Taylor and his Lost 52 Expedition Team officially discovered the final resting place for the 49 sailors of the US submarine.

July 4, 2019, marks the 75th anniversary of the loss of the submarine, which was conducting exercises at the time she disappeared.

“Identification of a navy gravesite is something Naval History and Heritage Command’s Underwater Archaeology Branch takes great care in doing,” said Sam Cox, Director of Naval History and Heritage Command.

“After an exhaustive review of the data provided by Tim Taylor’s team, we can positively identify the wreck as S-28.”

The keel of USS S-28 (SS-133) was laid down in April of 1919, just months after the end of the First World War. Commissioned on December 13, 1923, the S-Class submarine spent 16 years taking part in various navy exercises in the Caribbean and eventually the Pacific.

When Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, she was being overhauled at Mare Island Naval Shipyard outside of San Francisco, California. She was one of several S-boats put into service in World War II and was initially sent to Alaska to defend the Aleutians against a possible Japanese invasion.

By mid-November, S-28 arrived in Pearl Harbor and for the next seven months trained in the waters around the island.

On July 3, 1944, S-28 embarked on an antisubmarine warfare training exercise off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. During the training, communication became sporadic and the boat sent her last communication to the Coast Guard cutter Reliance in the evening of July 4.

The navy’s search of the area did not reveal the location of the submarine and two days later, a diesel oil slick appeared in the area. Later, a Navy Court of Inquiry could not determine the cause of the loss.

During her service during WWII, she completed six war patrols and earned one battle star.
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July 21st 1944, Battle of Guam. US forces retook the island after weeks of fierce fighting, leading to over 7,000 American casualties and over 18,000 Japanese killed.

American M10 Wolverine tank destroyer firing near Saint-Lô, France, July 1944


American mortar crew in action near the Rhine, 1945
Two US officers plant the first American flag on Guam eight minutes after US Marines and Army assault troops landed on the beaches, 21 Jul 1944


USS Pennsylvania moving into Lingayen Gulf, 1944

Missouri (BB-63) on gunnery trials.
USS West Virginia (BB-48) entering Drydock #1 at Pearl Harbor Navy yard for repairs after the Pearl Harbor Raid.


USS California (BB-44), fresh out of Puget Sound, sporting 16 new 5"/38s and wearing Measure 32-16D camouflage

Aircraft Elevator from the Hangar Deck of an unidentified US Aircraft Carrier in the Pacific, probably the USS Enterprise [CV-6].
Navy crewmen aboard the light cruiser USS Nashville (CL-43) cleaning up the port side 5"/25 gun battery, after the ship was hit by a Kamikaze on 13 December 1944, while en route to the Mindoro invasion. Fire damage to the guns and nearby gun tubs and superstructure is evident.

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) afloat immediately after launching, at the Bethlehem Steel Company's Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, 7 December 1942
USS Hornet (CV-8) dead in the water with a destroyer alongside, 26 October 1942

USS Franklin (CV-13) in the Elizabeth River, off Norfolk, VA, 21 Feb 1944. Painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 6a. This paint scheme was changed a few months later, on the port side only, to Measure 32, Design 3a. The ship's starboard side retained the Design 6a pattern.
USS Idaho (BB-42) steaming through the Panama Canal, Oct 1945

USS Savannah (CL-42) hit by a German radio-controlled bomb, while supporting Allied forces ashore during the Salerno operation, 11 September 1943. The bomb hit atop number three 6”/47 turret and penetrated deep into her hull before exploding.
Electronic counter-measure defences were soon adopted to defeat the Fritz-X peril. Unfortunately they were too late for over 200 of the crew on Savannah that day.
Battleship USS New Mexico being brought into Boston Navy Yard on 17 October 1945. North Carolina is seen in the background.

USS Lunga Point (CVE-94) pitching heavily during a western Pacific storm, October 1945.
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Signalmen hoisting and stowing signal flags aboard USS North Carolina. August 1941.

USS Midway in Hampton Roads, Virginia, September 1945

USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73) in port, April 1944. The ship is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 15A

USS San Diego (CL-53) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, 9 April 1944, following overhaul. The destroyer in the background is USS Cassin (DD-372).

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