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Battleship Haruna under air attack

Battleship Haruna under air attack


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Battleship Haruna (class Kongo) under air attack. Kure, July 28, 1945.


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  • Jazzman (Fri 28 Nov 2008 10:54:03 PM EST)
    Yeah, and look at the size of the explosions!!
  • downwithpeace (Wed 26 Nov 2008 03:27:48 PM EST)
    Really good photo, shows what a size those ships were.
Kongo-Class battlecruiser built in Japan to (essentially) plans from Vickers, that built the name ship of the class in Britain before WWI for their ally Japan. IJN got the ship, plans and technical help from Vickers to build the other three ships in the class (Haruna, Kirishima, and Hiei). All were rebuilt between the wars (VERY extensively rebuilt, with lengthened hulls, new boilers and engines and enhanced armor) and reclassified as fast battleships. And they were pretty fast, used for escorts to the CVs of the Kido Butai in the early part of the War. Kirishima and Hiei were lost off Guadalcanal in November, 1942 (Hiei after being shot to pieces by cruisers and Kirishima after taking a number of hits from the 16"/45 main battery of USS Washington at close range - c. 5-7K yards). Haruna was reported (and widely believed in the US) to have been attacked and sunk off the Philippines by Colin Kelly, US Army Air Corps in late 1941 . Not so - active throughout the War until sunk in home waters by USN aircraft. Kongo herself went down in November, 1944 as a result of an attack by USS Sealion. She was present at the Battle Off Samar and helped shoot up Taffy 3.
 

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Wunderwaffe?

Wunderwaffe?


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  • Ardee (Fri 10 Oct 2008 03:03:43 PM EDT)
    Japanese bicycle troops, China, with a Type 11 LMG, a.k.a. "Nambu."
 

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I-8 in Bres

I-8 in Bres


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Crew of japanese submarine I-8 in Brest (France), 31 August 1943.


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  • Grenadier Guard (Sun 20 May 2012 05:02:09 PM EDT)
    This is the only one of the 5 subs Japan sent to Germany and made it back to Japan. Sunk by US DE
    Stockton off Okinawa on 3.30.45. Stockton was hit and sunk by a Kamikaze on 5.4.45.
  • larry41 (Thu 27 May 2010 06:52:00 PM EDT)
    Sunk in March 1945. This submarine and it's crew were implicated in several war crimes, i.e.: murderng the surviving crew and passengers of ship they sunk.
 

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Suicide boat shinyo

Suicide boat shinyo


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Suicide boat shinyo


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  • DieGrosseSchlag (Sat 23 Oct 2010 01:32:20 PM EDT)
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    Over 9,000 of these suicide boats were produced by Japan for the Navy and Army. 400 were sent to the Philippines and Okinawa where many were used against the US Navy. Armament was two depth charges or an explosive charge in the bow of the boat. US Navy losses were five landing craft and a subchaser sunk and a transport and a destroyer damaged.
 

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Japanese midget submarines in drydock at Kure

Japanese midget submarines in drydock at Kure


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Japanese midget submarines in drydock at Kure, February 1946
 

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Japanese "Koryu" type midget submarines at Nagasaki

Japanese Koryu type midget submarines at Nagasaki


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Japanese "Koryu" type midget submarines at Nagasaki, Japan, September 1945
 

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Direct Hit on Japanese Vessel

Direct Hit on Japanese Vessel


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A direct hit on a 7,000 ton Japanese merchant vessel by India Air task forces near Rangoon, India; LC-USW33-020994-C; 1943?


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  • Evillittlekenny (Thu 26 Feb 2015 04:17:24 PM EST)
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    Actually, under maginification, three small boats can be made out. One is very visible since it is moving fast (upper part of the picture), the other two seem to be not moving or to move slowly. They are to either side of the bow.

 

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Japanese Plane Shot Down over USS Kitkun Bay

Japanese Plane Shot Down over USS Kitkun Bay


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Japanese plane shot down as it attempted to attack USS KITKUN BAY. Near Mariana Islands, June 1944. (Navy)
Exact Date Shot Unknown
NARA FILE #: 080-G-238363
WAR & CONFLICT BOOK #: 975
 

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"Lisi" a P-47D-30-RA s/n 44-90209 of the Escuadron 201


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  • ThunderboltFan (Mon 18 Jun 2012 11:00:56 PM EDT)
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    As Ming says, the gases for the engine travelled under the cockpit three times! before being expelled from the aircraft. In addition, some of the air collected in the lower part of the cowling passed through the oil coolers then was released through the vent in front of the turbocharger waste gate. All those items are visible downstream of the fixed part of the cowling.
  • Ming the Merciless (Mon 18 Jun 2012 04:55:05 PM EDT)
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    The bulk was caused by the large exhaust pipes to the turbos in the tail and the large air ducts going back forward to the compressor behind the engine. One bullet could cause immediate total failure in a Mustang or a Me-109, but the jug could have a thousand holes in these air and exhaust passages and not be bothered at all!
  • Derek (Mon 04 Oct 2010 07:00:16 AM EDT)
    they sure could take a pounding , and keep on flying and fighting
  • patrick.lorent (Sun 03 Oct 2010 03:42:39 PM EDT)
    This photo shows the massive bulk of the P-47,as opposed to the pilot/aircrew.Great plane!
 

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Returning from a combat mission

Returning from a combat mission


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Captain Radames Gaxiola Andrade stands in front of his P-47D with his maintenance team after he returned from a combat mission.(rudeerude)


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  • Evillittlekenny (Sat 30 Apr 2011 04:06:55 PM EDT)
    What I read, the 201st was the only Mexican unit involved in the war, correct?
 

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Escuadron 201

Escuadron 201


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Escuadron 201 ,58th FG pilots prior to flying a combat mission in the Philippines. The Mexican aircrews are using standard issue U.S. flight uniforms and equipment.(rudeerude)
 

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"Lisi"



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"Lisi" a P-47D-30-RA s/n 44-90209 of the Escuadron 201


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  • ThunderboltFan (Mon 18 Jun 2012 11:00:56 PM EDT)
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    As Ming says, the gases for the engine travelled under the cockpit three times! before being expelled from the aircraft. In addition, some of the air collected in the lower part of the cowling passed through the oil coolers then was released through the vent in front of the turbocharger waste gate. All those items are visible downstream of the fixed part of the cowling.
  • Ming the Merciless (Mon 18 Jun 2012 04:55:05 PM EDT)
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    The bulk was caused by the large exhaust pipes to the turbos in the tail and the large air ducts going back forward to the compressor behind the engine. One bullet could cause immediate total failure in a Mustang or a Me-109, but the jug could have a thousand holes in these air and exhaust passages and not be bothered at all!
  • Derek (Mon 04 Oct 2010 07:00:16 AM EDT)
    they sure could take a pounding , and keep on flying and fighting
  • patrick.lorent (Sun 03 Oct 2010 03:42:39 PM EDT)
    This photo shows the massive bulk of the P-47,as opposed to the pilot/aircrew.Great plane!
Shoot up the turbo exhaust duct and air duct with a thousand (or many fewer) holes and the jug would keep on flyin', true. But it would notice as without the pressurinzed intake power was down quite noticeably.

Those P&W R-2800s the Jug used (and yes it was a great airplane) were also used by some other very successful fighters - Grumman F6F Hellcat, Chance Vought F4U Corsair, Grumman F7F Tigercat and F8F Bearcat, for example.
 

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P-47D 201st FS

P-47D 201st FS


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P-47D-23-RE loaned from the USAAF flown by Lt.David Ceron Bedolla of the 201st FS,58th FG in the Philippines,1945(rudeerude)


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  • ThunderboltFan (Fri 02 Oct 2009 12:43:51 AM EDT)
    Actually it's a P-47D-23-RA made in the Evansville, Indiana plant.
    Authority: Thunderbolt: A documentary history of the Republic P-47 by Roger Freeman.
  • The Colonel (Fri 03 Jul 2009 03:00:44 PM EDT)
    I believe this airframe was Ex 348th Sqdn USAAF. Loaned to the 201st Mexican Expeditionary Air Force Sqdn flying from Porac Airfield, Pampanga, Phillipines January
 

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u87 remains

Ju87 remains


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Remains of a Junkers Ju 87 dive bomber.1980 near Murmansk.
Taken frpm fb/Shadows of the Eastern front/Feldgrau info


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  • DieGrosseSchlag (Thu 21 Nov 2019 01:55:55 AM EST)
    Soviet Air Force Mil Mi-6 heavy transport helicopter in the background (NATO code name: Hook).
 

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Hidden Tools and Utensils found at Auschwitz

Hidden Tools and Utensils found at Auschwitz


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Vienna (AFP) - Renovation works at Auschwitz have turned up spoons, forks, cobbler's tools and other objects hidden beneath a chimney flue -- some that might have been used to plan escapes, a national fund said Tuesday.

The objects, which also include knives, hooks, scissors, pieces of leather and parts of shoes, were found last month in block 17 of the main camp, Austria's National Fund for Victims of National Socialism said.
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The fund commissioned the renovation and restoration works in the block at the former concentration camp in Poland in preparation for an exhibition.

"These utensils, kept out of sight of the SS guards, were perhaps used by shoemakers, or to prepare an escape or simply to be able to eat," fund secretary general Hannah Lessing told AFP on Tuesday...
 

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Degtyarov PPD-43 submachine gun.

Degtyarov PPD-43 submachine gun.


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    Very efficient Weapon!
 

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1955 in Germany
Interesting picture. Where was it taken?

Interesting that the corporal (?), presume a Schutz-polizei, was armed only with his dog. When I was in Germany only 11 yeas later, the local ops packed handguns in hard flap holsters (couldn't see what kind - those typical German style rigs had tops that concealed contents completely). And my BHP was apparently initially bought for the police in Hamburg, so at least some of the rigs had BHPs in them.
 
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