WWII pictures found in a footlocker

These photos are from a sailor who was on the USS Quapaw ATF-11O at Pearl Harbor. They were found in an old Brownie stored in a foot locker, just recently developed. Isn't it amazing how a film could last for 69 years without disintegrating?
p01.jpg Japanese Kawanishi H8K seaplane after strafing Kwajalein.
p02.jpg Squad of Rufe's at Bougainville . These things were very nimble even with the pontoons.
p03.jpg The A6M2-N float plane version of the Zero did extremely well, suffering only a small loss in its legendary maneuverability. Top speed was not affected, however, the aircraft's relatively light armament was a detriment.
p04.jpg Snow on deck. USS Philippine Sea North Pacific 1945
p05.jpg HARVS on the way in shot by a P-47. Rare shot.
p06.jpg Deck crew climbing up to get the pilot out. He did. That's a fuel tank his foot is on. Empty?
p07.jpg Marines disembark LST at Tinian Island.
p08.jpg Bougainville.
p09.jpg Guam
p10.jpg Outside Bastogne
p11.jpg German 280mm K5 firing
p12.jpg U.S. munitions ship goes up during the invasion of Sicily .
p13.jpg V1 buzzbomb.
p14.jpg Spitfire "tipping-off" a V1. If you've never heard of this insane tactic: At first V1's were shot down by gunfire. Optimum range was inside 200yds, which was marginal for survival. Many planes were damaged and quite a few pilots killed. Basically at such high speed and low altitude a plane had to fly though the explosion and hope.

With the high risk of being blown up some of the best pilots started tipping the V1's wing, because of damage to wing tips they later developed a tactic of disrupting the airflow by placing their wing very close to the V1's wing, causing it to topple.

Not every pilot did this. At night this was not possible, the flame from the V1 blinded the pilot to everything else, though some Mossie pilots flew past closely in front of the V1, again causing it to topple. The thought of doing this at 450mph, 4,000 feet above the ground, at night and being blinded gives me the willies.

p15.jpg Panzerkampfwagen VI "E Tiger"
p16.jpg Ju 88 loading a torpedo. This is one HUGE bomber, and it's on pontoons.
p17.jpg German "KARL" motars, Sebastopol
p18.jpg Reloading a KARL
p19.jpg Firing a KARL
p20.jpg Macchi 202v
p21.jpg Italian 303 Bombers over N Africa
p22.jpg What a Brownie camera looked like.

I think the remaining pictures are all of the damage at Pearl Harbor.

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WWII pictures found in a footlocker Last update: Sun, 26 Jun 2011 19:56:59 -0400