Spring 1943 - Grumman F4F Wildcat getting ready to launch on USS YORKTOWN.

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Grumman F6F 'Hellcat' fighter receives maintenance to its Pratt & Whitney R-2800 engine, circa 1944-45. Note mechanic's tool cart and stands.
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Aircraft Maintenance
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Pacific Base, circa 1944-45 -  Aviation Ordnanceman N.F. Nitishin carries belts of .30 cal. machinegun ammunition as he prepares to arm the guns of a Vought F4U-1 'Corsair' fighter. Note bullet mix of one tracer (red nose) round to four armor-piercing (black nose).
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Aviation Ordnanceman
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Special Devices Division, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, DC, circa 1943 - Enlisted man fashions a scale model of a Japanese Army/Mitsubishi Ki-21 (Sally) bomber in the Division's scale model shop. Models overhead are of U.S. Army C-54 and B-29 aircraft, a U.S. Navy Curtiss S03C, and a Japanese Navy/Mitsubishi G4M (Betty) bomber.
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Sailor With Models
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Catalina at a naval air station.
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Catalina 2
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Circa 1944-45 - Douglas SBD 'Dauntless' scout-bomber aircraft fly in formation. There are 9 planes in this group.
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Dauntless Aircraft in Formation
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Southern California, 1939-40 - From USS YORKTOWN's (CV-5) fighter squadron Five (VF-5) in flight.
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USS Lexington (CV-16), 1943 - Flight deck crewman catches a quick nap and a bit of sun during a lull in operations. Taken during the Gilberts Campaign, November 1943. Note the use of an issue of the magazine 'Screen Guide' for November 1943. Photo by Edward Steichen.
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Sunbathing
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Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat fighter (nicknamed Rosenblatt's Reply" - on board an aircraft carrier, circa 1942. Ship may be the USS Ranger (CV-4), as plane's national insignia appears to have a painted-out circle around it, perhaps a remainder of the yellow operation markings of Operation Torch.
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USS Yorktown (CV-10), circa May-June 1943 - An F6F-3 'Hellcat' fighter warms up on the flight deck. Note: men waiting to pull the chocks, and man holding sign reminding the pilot to check his propeller and flaps settings. Photo by Lt. Charles Kerlee, USNR.
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Hellcat on YORKTOWN - 2
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USS Yorktown (CV-10), circa May-June 1943 - An F6F-3 'Hellcat' fighter warms up on the flight deck. Note: men waiting to pull the chocks, and man holding sign reminding the pilot to check his propeller and flaps settings. Photo by Lt. Charles Kerlee, USNR.
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Hellcat on YORKTOWN - 1
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Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat Fighters on the flight line at a Naval Air Station, circa 1943-44.
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Hellcats on the Flight Line
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April 3, 1945 - Lt. (JG) W.F. Wijcil, Landing Signal Officer of the USS BELLEAU WOOD has just given the 'cut' signal to an incoming plane.
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Landing Signal officer
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February 1942 - .50 cal MG on the USS WASP (CV-7).
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Machine Guns on WASP
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Martin PBM-3 Mariner Patrol Bomber in flight, circa 1942-43.
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Mariner 2
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Martin PBM-5 Mariner Patrol Bomber, April 1945 - receives maintenance work on an engine at Tanapag, Saipan.
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Mariner 5
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Circa 1944-45 - Mariner gunner.
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Mariner Gunner
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PBM Mariner Starboard waist gunner demonstrates his .50 cal machine gun during World War II. Note the position's retractable wind shield.
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Mariner Waist Gunner
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USS Wasp, June 1942 (CV-7) - Motion Picture Photographer filming aircraft landings on board in June 1942. Note rear of a 20mm gun in foreground.
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Motion Picture Photographer - 626
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USS Yorktown (CV-10), October 1943 - Pilot Al Wright of Los Angeles, Calif., in the cockpit of one of the ship's SBD-5 aircraft in October 1943. Note nickname in front of cockpit. Photo: Lt. Charles Kerlee, USNR
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Navy Pilot Al Wright
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N.A. S. Pensacola, Fla, circa 1940-1941 - Navy flier ready for a flight. Note his parachute flight jacket and cap and inflatable life vest. Plane behind him is a N3N-1 'Yellow Peril' with a numbered cover on the front of its float and a starting crank in position.
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Navy Pilot with N3N-1
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January 1944, Patuxent NAS , MD - P-59 Airacomet being tested before flight. The P-59 was the first Amrican jet fighter aircraft.
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P-59 - 1
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January 1944 - P-59 Airacomet being tested before flight at Patuxent NAS in Maryland. The P-59 was the first American jet fighter.
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P-59 - 2
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USS Yorktown (CV-10), Nov-Dec 1943 - Ship's mascot, Scrappy, poses in the cockpit of an F6F fighter accompanied by ARM3c Robert L. Brown of Denver, Colorado.
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Pilot and Mascot
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USS Yorktown (CV-10), October 1943 - Ens. Frederick J. Joyce, Jr, USNR, drinks pineapple juice before taking off on a flight from USS Yorktown. He is standing beside a Douglas SBD aircraft and is holding a navigation board. Note red outlined star and bar insignia on plane, and .38 special revolver (with lead bullets). Photo by Lt Charles Kerlee.
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Pilot from USS YORKTOWN
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August 6, 1944 - Planes on the USS QUINCY.
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Planes on USS QUINCY
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WWII - Two US Navy sailors get bunk time in between action in the Pacific.
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Sailors' Bunk Time
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March 1945 - TBM prepared to be catapulted from the deck of USS MATANIAU.
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TBM
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Training Escort Carrier, circa 1943 - Flight Deck Officer signal thumbs-up to Fly Control. This menas he has received readiness reports from the squadron leading chief who has checked each plane at 'Fly 3' to make sure that each is ready to fly. Taken on a training escort carrier. Note SBDs and TBFs in the background.
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Training Escort Carrier
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USS Drayton (DD-366), October 1941 - View taken while underway at sea, off the U.S. West coast in about October 1941. As seen from a Navy Douglas SNJ. Note Drayton's camouflage, which caused her to once be nicknamed 'The Blue Beetle.'"
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USS DRAYTON at Sea
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USS Yorktown (CV-10), Nov-Dec 1943 -- View looking aft on the flight deck, in Nov-Dec 1943 at the time of the Marshalls-Gilberts Operation. Planes are F6Fs, TBMs and SBDs.
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USS YORKTOWN Flight Deck
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Spring 1943 - Grumman F4F Wildcat is positioned on the catapult. Note plane director is motioning to the pilot as catapult operators get out of the way.
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Wildcat Carrier Launch
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Spring 1943 - Grumman F4F Wildcat getting ready to launch on USS YORKTOWN.
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Wildcaton YORKTOWN
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NAS Jacksonville, Florida, September 1943 - Lt.JG John B. McDonald, Jr., USNR stands on the wing of a Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat fighter before taking off. Note details of the plane's landing gear.
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Wildcat Pilot McDonald
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