Photographic Section

I
Aerial Strikes on Formosa and Enemy Reaction
12-14 October 1944

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KOBI (Formosa) Airfield, showing elaborate revetments found in Japanese rear areas.

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This JILL was one of four Jap planes which launched torpedoes at Essex in heavy attack on TG 38.3 at dusk 14 October. The above plane made its attack on the starboard bow and passed along the starboard side to be shot down a few seconds later.

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II
Enemy Southern Force Attacked
By Third Fleet Carrier-Based Aircraft
Sulu Sea
24 October 1944

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Jap BB Fuso class and Mogami class CA under attack by Enterprise Air Group Twenty, Sulu Sea, 0950 I, 24 October 1944. Fuso appears to be burning from bomb hit aft.

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Jap BB Fuso class and Mogami class CA under attack by Enterprise Air Group Twenty, Sulu Sea, 0950 I, 24 October 1944. Fuso appears to be burning from bomb hit aft.

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Jap BB (Yamashiro ?) under attack by Enterprise Air Group Twenty, Sulu Sea, 0950 I, 24 October 1944.

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III
Enemy Central Force Attacked
By Third Fleet Carrier-Based Aircraft
Sibuyan Sea
24 October 1944

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Jap Fleet Units--Sibuyan Sea

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Jap fleet taking evasive action, Sibuyan Sea, 24 October 1944

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[...] attack by Enterprise Air Group Twenty, Sibuyan Sea, 1515 I, 24 October 1944

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Yamato class BB during torpedo and dive bombing attack, Sibuyan Sea, 24 October 1944

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Unidentified CA in foreground. Possible Nagato class BB burning. Sibuyan Sea, 24 October 1944

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Jap BB (Yamato class) under simultaneous bombing and torpedo attack by Enterprise Air Group Twenty, Sibuyan Sea, 1515 I, 24 October 1944

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Nagato class BB, Sibuyan Sea, 24 October 1944

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Looking a Nachi class CA right in the mouth, Sibuyan Sea, 24 October 1944

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IV
Sinking of the Princeton
24 October 1944

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Reno fired torpedoes into Princeton to sink her. Flames rose to about 6,000 feet

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V
Left Flank Forces Pursue Japanese Cripples
Withdrawing from Battle of Surigao Strait
25 October 1944

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Smoking enemy ships on horizon, after Battle of Surigao Strait, 25 October 1944

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Burning enemy ships after Battle of Surigao Strait, 25 October 1944

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Burning enemy ships after Battle of Surigao Strait, 25 October 1944

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VI
Our CVE's Under Fire of Japanese Fleet and Aircraft
East of Samar
25 October 1944

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Planes from U.S.S. Hornet photograph the Jap fleet battle line off Samar on the afternoon of 25 October 1944. Three unidentified destroyers are shown just in advance of the warships named.

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Jap salvos near White Plains as Kitkun Bay starts fighter scramble. Fanshaw Bay and escorts in background, off Samar, 25 October 1944


further salvos on White Plains. Time 0700, off Samar, 25 October 1944

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CVE-borne fighters start scramble as an 8-inch salvo lands dead ahead of Gambier Bay, off Samar, 25 October 1944

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Screening DD's and DE's laying smoke while under fire. Note both FS and funnel smoke. Off Samar, 25 October 1944

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Salvo around Gambier Bay. Tone class CA in background, off Samar, 25 October 1944

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Straddles on Gambier Bay. CA's in background, off Samar, 25 October 1944

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Funnel smoke from one U.S. CVE frames this photograph of a straddle of 8-inch projectiles on Gambier Bay. The attacking Jap cruiser can be seen in the right background, off Samar, 25 October 1944

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5.5" and 8" salvos from CA around Gambier Bay, off Samar, 25 October 1944

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Salvos from Tone class cruisers dead ahead Gambier Bay, off Samar, 25 October 1944


Broadside from Tone class cruisers close aboard Gambier Bay, off Samar, 25 October 1944

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Explosions following Jap suicide crash dive on St. Lo's flight deck, off Samar, 1055 I, 25 October 1944

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Tone class cruiser maneuvering to avoid torpedo and bombing attack launched by VT planes from Kitkun Bay, off Samar, 25 October 1944

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Jap salvo falls astern of CVE

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Jap cruiser (on horizon) puts salvo abeam CVE

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Jap salvos dead ahead of CVE

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U.S.S. Kitkun Bay launches fighters to engage Jap Fleet. Note salvos from Jap CA's

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Jap salvo falls to port beam of U.S.S. Kitkun Bay

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Jap salvos to stern of U.S.S. Kitkun Bay

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Jap CA (on horizon) puts salvo astern of CVE

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DD's and DE's lay smoke screen while being shelled. CVE adds funnel smoke.


DE lays smoke to screen CVE's

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Jap salvo pattern, East of Samar, 25 October 1944


Jap salvo pattern, East of Samar, 25 October 1944

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Cardiv 25 under attack by Jap fleet off Samar. Jap cruisers on horizon.

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Accompanying destroyers lay smoke screen during 21/2-hour attack by Jap fleet, East of Samar, 25 October 1944

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Laying smoke screen, off Samar, 25 October 1944

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Cardiv 25 under 21/2-hour attack by Jap Fleet off Samar

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Cardiv 25 under 21/2-hour attack by Jap Fleet off Samar

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Cardiv 25 under 21/2-hour attack by Jap Fleet off Samar

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Cardiv 25 under 21/2-hour attack by Jap Fleet off Samar

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Cardiv 25 under 21/2-hour attack by Jap Fleet off Samar

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Cardiv 25 under attack by Jap Fleet off Samar

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Cardiv 25 under 21/2-hour attack by Jap Fleet off Samar

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Cardiv 25 under 21/2-hour attack by Jap Fleet off Samar. Near misses on destroyer.

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Cardiv 25 under 21/2-hour attack by Jap Fleet off Samar. Near misses on Gambier Bay.

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Cardiv 25 under 21/2-hour attack by Jap Fleet off Samar. Near misses on Gambier Bay.

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Cardiv 25 under 21/2-hour attack by Jap Fleet off Samar. Near misses on Gambier Bay.

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Cardiv 25 under 21/2-hour attack by Jap Fleet off Samar. Near misses on Gambier Bay.

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Cardiv 25 under 21/2-hour attack by Jap Fleet off Samar. U.S.S. Gambier Bay receives hit, putting forward engine room out of commission.

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Cardiv 25 under 21/2-hour attack by Jap Fleet off Samar. U.S.S. Gambier Bay, forward engine out of commission (note only one stack smoking), begins to fall behind.

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VII
Our Ships Under Suicide Attacks

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Jap ZEKE making suicide dive into flight deck of U.S.S. Suwannee. F6F approaching Suwannee from rear was in her landing circle. Action occurred near Leyte (P.I.).

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Jap ZEKE making suicide dive into flight deck of U.S.S. Suwannee. Friendly plane approaching from rear was in her landing circle. Action occurred near Leyte (P.I.).

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Jap ZEKE making suicide dive into flight deck of U.S.S. Suwannee. F6F approaching Suwannee from rear has been approaching to land. Action occurred near Leyte (P.I.).

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Jap ZEKE exploding after having made suicide dive into planes spotted forward on deck of U.S.S. Suwannee. F6F just forward of Suwannee had been in her landing circle. Action near Leyte (P.I.).

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Fire on U.S.S. Suwannee resulting from suicide dive of Jap ZEKE into planes spotted forward. Planes in air are Suwannee's and were in her landing circle at time of attack. Action occurred near Leyte (P.I.).

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Fire on U.S.S. Suwannee resulting from suicide dive of Jap ZEKE into her flight deck. Airborne plane was friendly. Action occurred near Leyte (P.I.).

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U.S.S. Suwannee nearly dead in water and burning as result of suicide dive by Jap ZEKE into her flight deck. Survivors forced over side are visible in lower left. Action occurred near Leyte (P.I.).

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Jap ZEKE makes dive on Kalinin Bay

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Jap ZEKE makes dive on Kalinin Bay

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Jap ZEKE makes dive on Kalinin Bay. Note plane off bow is TBM.

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Jap ZEKE makes successful suicide dive on St. Lo off Leyte Gulf. Start of first explosion.

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Jap ZEKE makes suicide dive on White Plains

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Jap ZEKE makes suicide dive on White Plains

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Jap ZEKE makes suicide dive on White Plains. Note another Jap plane shot down, hitting water near horizon.

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Jap ZEKE makes unsuccessful suicide dive on White Plains--explodes 50 to 100 feet from ship upon hitting water. No casualties!

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Jap ZEKE makes unsuccessful suicide dive on White Plains. Explosion (note smoke still present) sends debris, water over flight deck.

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Philippine Sea, East of Leyte Island, 30 October 1944. U.S.S. Franklin after specialty landing by Jap Divine Wind artist.

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VIII
Attack on Japanese Northern Force (Carrier Unit)
East of Luzon
25 October 1944

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Attack on Jap carrier unit, East of Luzon, 25 October 1944

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Attack on Jap carrier unit, East of Luzon, 25 October 1944

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Ise class XCV-BB, flight deck after clearly shown, East of Luzon, 25 October 1944

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Shokaku class CV and Chitose class CVL maneuvering under attack, East of Luzon, 25 October 1944

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Shokaku class CV listing and on fire; was sunk later same day. Ise class BB maneuvering, East of Luzon, 25 October 1944.

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Ise class BB in trouble but she eventually got away, East of Luzon, 25 October 1944

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Chitose class CVL, near misses. This ship was finished off at 1630 by cruiser gunfire, East of Luzon, 25 October 1944.

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Chitose class CVL, East of Luzon, 25 October 1944

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Shokaku class CV east of Luzon. This ship is believed to be the Zuikaku. Photo taken at 1300 I, 25 October 1944. the Jap ship heeled over and finally sank at 1430.

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Attack on Ise class XCV, East of Luzon, 25 October 1944

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Attack on Ise class XCV, East of Luzon, 25 October 1944

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Chitose or Chiyoda class CVL; several bomb hits, flight deck buckled, still underway. Sank later, East of Luzon, 25 October 1944.

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