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The USS Arizona during the Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941

The USS Arizona during the Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941

On December 7, 1941, Japanese forces attacked the American Fleet at Pearl Harbor and surrounding military bases. The USS Arizona was a berth F7 alongside Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. The USS Vestal was tided outboard of the USS Arizona. The Japanese attack began at approximately 7:55am and the USS Arizona along with the other battleships on Battleship Row became the main targets. The men of the...
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301st BG (H), Mission 412, Maribor Marshalling Yard, Slowenia

301st BG (H), Mission 412, Maribor Marshalling Yard, Slowenia

13 February 1945

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force): In the Vienna area of Austria, 640+ B-17s and B-24s with fighter support hit the S ordnance depot, S and SE goods yards and depot, C repair shops, and Matzleinsdorf marshalling yard, and the marshalling yards at Graz, Austria; Sarvar, Hungary; and in Yugoslavia, 2 at Zagreb and 2 at Maribor, the Pula harbor, the Maribo...
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301st BG (H), Mission 341, Oradea Marshalling Yard

301st BG (H), Mission 341, Oradea Marshalling Yard

6 September 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force): 542 B-24s attack communications targets in Rumania, Yugoslavia and Hungary and troop and tank concentrations in S Yugoslavia; in Rumania, 2 marshalling yards are hit at Oradea, and 2 nearby bridges over the Sebes Koros River; targets in Yugoslavia are a marshalling yard at Novi Sad, a bridge at Belgrade, and tanks and ...
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301st BG (H), Mission 343, Vienna Schwechat oil refinery

301st BG (H), Mission 343, Vienna Schwechat oil refinery

10 September 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force): In Austria, 344 B-17s and B-24s bomb 5 ordnance depots and SE industrial area in Vienna and 2 oil refineries in the area. 88 B-24s escorted by P-38s and P-51s bomb the port of Trieste, Italy. and 45 B-24s, with P-51s escorting, fly a supply mission to Lyon, France.
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301st BG (H), Mission 374, Salzburg Marshalling Yard

301st BG (H), Mission 374, Salzburg Marshalling Yard

17 November 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force): 630+ B-17s and B-24s attack Blechhammer S oil refinery, Germany; Floridsdorf oil refinery in Vienna, Austria; the industrial area in and near Vienna; marshalling yards at Maribor, Yugoslavia; Gyor, Hungary; Graz, Salzburg, Villach, and the town of Sankt Johann in Tirol, Austria; plus several scattered targets of opport...
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301st BG (H), Mission 356, Vienna Florisdorf Oil Refinery

301st BG (H), Mission 356, Vienna Florisdorf Oil Refinery

13 October 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force): 650+ fighter escorted B-17s and B-24s bomb oil refineries at Blechhammer, Germany and Vienna/Floridsdorf, Austria; motor works, locomotive shops, and marshalling yard at Vienna and Graz, Austria; Banhida, Szekesfehervar and Papa, Hungary; and Hranice and Mezirici, Czechoslovakia; some of the escorting fighters strafe ra...
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301st BG (H), Mission 340, Budapest Railroad Bridge

301st BG (H), Mission 340, Budapest Railroad Bridge

5 September 1944

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force): 430+ B-17s and B-24s, with fighter escort, attack communications targets in Hungary and N Italy to impede the withdrawal from the lower Balkans and to disrupt railroad communications in N Italy; targets hit are 2 railroad bridges at Budapest and 1 each at Szolnok and Szob, Hungary and a railroad bridge at Ferrara, Ital...
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Meedhuizen (NL) in april 1945

Meedhuizen (NL) in april 1945

The small village of Meedhuizen (Groningen, Holland) captured by an allied aerial photo april 1945.
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Aerial Photograph of Pearl Harbor, 17 January 1941

Aerial Photograph of Pearl Harbor, 17 January 1941

From: Honolulu (Okuda)
To: Tokyo (Gaimudaijin)
16 January, 1941
(J17 K6)
#011 (2 parts, complete)
Re my #008*.

1. The capital ships returned to Pearl Harbor immediately. The Pennsylvania arrived on the 14th.

2. The number of vessels seen in the harbor on the morning of the 16th was as follows: 5 battleships (Mississippi, New Mex...
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Dock area during the attack on Pearl Harbor, 7th December 1941

Dock area during the attack on Pearl Harbor, 7th December 1941

The Photograph did not match exactly, because of the angle of the plane.
You can see USS Nevada passing the docks and the burning destroyers in Dry Dock 1.

The second wave's dive bomber attack on Pearl Harbor focused on the ships around the docks. The USS Pennsylvania and the USS Cassin and USS Downs were in Dry Dock 1 and came under heavy attack. The USS Nevada makes a r...
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Attack of the ORYOKU MARU at Olongapo Point, December 1944

Attack of the ORYOKU MARU at Olongapo Point, December 1944

On December 14, 1944, the Oryoku Maru put to sea.
Transporting Japanese soldiers, civilians, and 1,619
prisoners of war out of Manila, the ship suffered
repeated attacks from American fighters that day. That night, the soldiers and civilians were put ashore leaving
behind the prisoners and their guards. Returning to
finish the Oryoku on the 15th, fighters...
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301st BG (H), Mission 273, Wollersdorf Aircraft Factory

301st BG (H), Mission 273, Wollersdorf Aircraft Factory

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force): 829 bombers (largest number of bombers completing attacks in a single day up to this time) bomb targets in Austria and Yugoslavia; B-17s and B-24s attack an aircraft factory at Wollesdorf, Austria; B-24s also attack industrial areas at Wiener Neustadt and Atzgersdorf, Austria and troop concentrations at Poderica, Yugoslavia. P-38s and P-51s escort the...
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301st BG (H), Mission 399, Castelfranco Locomotive Repair Depot

301st BG (H), Mission 399, Castelfranco Locomotive Repair Depot

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Fifteenth Air Force): Almost 450 B-17s and B-24s attack marshalling yards at Innsbruck and Salzburg, Austria; Passau, Rosenheim, and Landshut, Germany; and 2 at Verona, Italy; the Brenner rail line, and in Italy, the Castelfranco Veneto and Udine locomotive repair depots, and Bressanone railroad bridge. 14 P-38s bomb road a bridge S of Rosenheim, Germany. Around 300 other ...
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Maleme airfield at 26th May 1941, Crete, Greece

Maleme airfield at 26th May 1941, Crete, Greece

The two photos below are reconnaissance photos taken on the 26th May, they are from file AIR 40/1402 in the National Archives in Kew. There is another photo in the file from 23 May and a comparison shows the build up of aircraft on the ground at Maleme.
The second of the two photos is a blow up of the southern corner of the airfield. Some of them will be glidrs while others will be JU52...
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Purfleet Oil Refinery attacked by the german Luftwaffe at 7th Sept. 1940

Purfleet Oil Refinery attacked by the german Luftwaffe at 7th Sept. 1940

Soon after 1700 hours, however, the enemy launched a very big attack and the principal objectives seem to have been industrial and dock property on both sides of the Thames, bombs were dropped at Woolwich, Purfleet and the Dockland area of London.
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Niigata POW Camp 1947

Niigata POW Camp 1947

This is an aerial photo taken in 1947. The deserted camp still remains.

Niigata City was the site of two POW Camps during the Second World War. It was the first major influx of foreigners to Niigata in the history of the city.

Many of the POWs that were at Niigata Camp 5B worked on Niigata’s docks, loading cargo from Taiwan, Korea and Northern China to support th...
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Camp Lucky Strike near Le Havre

Camp Lucky Strike near Le Havre

An aerial photograph of Lucky Strike taken August 27, 1945 by the 540th Photorecon Squadron.

The camp became the most important military camp in Europe. It extended over 600 hectares (1 hectare = approximately 2 ½ acres). It was a mandatory port of entry for practically every American soldier, and 1½ million spent from a couple days up to 18 months there. It was the principal ca...
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I.G. Farben Complex Monowice (Oswiecim), 26 June 1944

I.G. Farben Complex Monowice (Oswiecim), 26 June 1944

Monowitz (also called Monowice or Auschwitz III) is a subcamp or one of the three main camps of Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz. It was established in October 1942 in Poland.

Monowitz was primarily a labour camp, though with a strong extermination component. It held approximately 12000 prisoners, the great majority of whom were Jewish, but also carried non-Jewish criminals and...
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Marifu Marshalling Yard bombed 14 August 1945

Marifu Marshalling Yard bombed 14 August 1945

The Marifu Rail Yard, 2 miles east of Iwakuni, and 2 miles south of Otaka, Japan, after the bombing raid of 14 August 1945 by 108 B-29 Superforts of the 21st Bomber Command.
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Vaires-sur-Marne Marshalling Yard attacked by RAF on 27-28 June 1944

Vaires-sur-Marne Marshalling Yard attacked by RAF on 27-28 June 1944

214 Lancasters and 9 Mosquitos of Nos 1, 5 and 8 Groups attacked Vaires and Vitry railway yards. The No 8 Group raid on Vaires was particularly accurate; the Vitry yards were hit only at the western end. 4 Lancasters lost, 2 from each raid.
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Steam Tanker at the oil pier, Querqueville

Steam Tanker at the oil pier, Querqueville

On 24 July the tanker Empire Traveller discharged the first gasoline at Cherbourg, unloading at the long breakwater in the outer harbor-the Digue de Querqueville. The French and later the Germans had discharged gasoline and other POL supplies through a nine-inch pipeline running along the Digue to two nearby tank farms at the large Depot Cotier du Petrole and the somewhat smaller one at Sunic. ...
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Coutances 1944 - The day when the German front line collapsed

Coutances 1944 - The day when the German front line collapsed

In July 1944, after two weeks and a half of offensive, the Ist American Army under General Bradley had lost 40,000 men for an insignificant gain of land. The hoped breakthrough still did not occur west of Saint-Lô. That was the reason why the Operation Cobra was set out. The manoeuvre must concentrate an enormous force upon one sector of the front line, to obtain the breakthrough. The assault s...
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D-Day - Juno Beach, Bernieres-sur-Mer (Overlay II)

D-Day - Juno Beach, Bernieres-sur-Mer (Overlay II)

Le Régiment de la Chaudière was formed following the fusion of the Regiments of Dorchester and Beauce on the 15th of December, 1936. The regiment was sent to England in August 1941, but would see no action until the D-Day landings of June 1944. Le Régiment de la Chaudière came ashore at Bernières-sur-Mer after The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, surprising the locals who hadn't expected to find f...
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D-Day - Caen bombing on 6 June 1944

D-Day - Caen bombing on 6 June 1944

During the Battle of Normandy in World War II, Caen saw intense and bitter combat between Allied and Axis forces. After the landing of the British I Corps at Sword Beach on June 6, 1944, progress of the Allied Forces stalled outside Caen. British and Canadian troops finally broke through on July 9, after an intense bombing campaign during Operation Charnwood that destroyed much of the city but ...
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461st BG (H), Mission 119, Isotta Fraschini Works, Milan, Italy

461st BG (H), Mission 119, Isotta Fraschini Works, Milan, Italy

461st BG (H), Mission #119
20 October 1944
Target: Isotta Fraschini Works, Milan, Italy

After having hammered away despite adverse weather conditions in Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Germany for three weeks in October, the Group was assigned on 20 October to attack the lightly defended Isotta Fraschini Works at Milan, Italy. Weather conditions on this mission were e...
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