06 April 2011

Some Rare World War II Photographs...

Where have these been hiding for the past 65 years?

-click any to enlarge-
Guam, 1944

Bougainville, 1943

Tinian - 1944

Japanese Kawanishi H8K seaplane after strafing Kwajalein Atoll

Squadron of Nakajima A6M2-N
(Navy Interceptor/Fighter-Bombers) on pontoons 

Snow on deck: USS Philippine Sea - 1945

Gunner's view from P-47 Thunderbolt,
taking out some Japanese fuel supplies.

Interestingly, the P-47 was not only the heaviest, largest and most expensive piston-engined fighter ever built, but the two engineers who designed it for Republic Aviation were a Russian and a Georgian immigrant who -along with many others at the company-
came to the United States escape Stalin's purges

The Battered Bastards of Bastogne -December 1944

Krupp K5 railway gun: 
fired 562lb (280mm) shell/32 miles

US Liberty Ship Robert Rowan hit by Luftwaffe off Sicily, July 1943

German V1, forerunner of today's cruise missiles

Here an RAF pilot "tips" a Fieseler Fi 103 (V1) by flipping it's wingtip with his, thus knocking the flying bomb off-course.  British pilots had to get far too close to shoot them down without being taken out by the explosion... thus the innovative technique evolved

Italian Macchi C-202 Filgore

Corpo Aereo Italiano tri-engine bombers over North Africa

Henschel-Krupp Panzerkampfwagen Tiger aus. B aka "King Tiger"

Junkers 88 loading a torpedo... that's a big bomber for pontoons


Tainan said...

An amazing group of historical photographs.
Thanks for presenting them.

Reaganite Republican said...

It is my pleasure, Tainan- enjoy your day

Red said...

Great photographic tour ;-) Thanks for sharing.

Reaganite Republican said...

You got it Red, happy to hear from you as always!

Anonymous said...

For what it is worth, when your main page loads, the Google ad the came up was for Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.

Reaganite Republican said...

Thanks Anon- but with Google AdSense, you really have no control over content- it's the program's primary drawback, although my readers DO click a lot of ads anyway

I don't think too many will be switched over by those lousy Obama ads, have you seen the video lol

Brian said...

The picture of the USS Phillipine Sea appears to be a Korean War-era picture.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Now there's a find!

The Old Coast said...

I'm thinking that the twin-engine on pontoons is a Heinkel 111, not a Junkers 88.

Agree on the Philippine Sea photo - WW2 aircraft did not have 4-blade props.

Reaganite Republican said...

Well Old Coast and Brian, I dunno about the boat, this started out as one of those emails, and I researched each item prior to posting. There were other errors, such as the King Tiger was labeled a Tiger I and such.

But the German pontoon plane's cockpit does seem too far back for a J-88... but in my googling I was unable to find a Heinkel like this one, particularly the radial engines- glazing seems off too, who knows lol

Steve Dennis said...

Those are some great pics! Thanks for sharing them.

Reaganite Republican said...

My pleasure, Steven

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