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Japanese B6N aircraft releasing a torpedo in waters between Taiwan and Philippine Islands, 14 Oct 1944; USS Alabama and a destroyer in background; photo taken from USS Essex

Caption   Japanese B6N aircraft releasing a torpedo in waters between Taiwan and Philippine Islands, 14 Oct 1944; USS Alabama and a destroyer in background; photo taken from USS Essex ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation
Identification Code   1983.046.010.034
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Photos on Same Day 14 Oct 1944
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 19 Apr 2013

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
26 Jan 2013 03:09:41 PM

Notice the plumes from shell bursts in the water. This was a tactic developed by the Japanese of firing your own 5-inch guns into the water ahead of a torpedo plane on his torpedo run to create just this kind of forest of plumes. Water plumes linger longer than momentary shell bursts and I had one torpedo pilot tell me that running into one of these plumes would be like running into a tree. Very effective defensive tactic against torpedo bombers.
2. Ashley says:
24 Jun 2014 08:34:57 AM

The USS Alabama, my favorite WW2 battleship. Probably because i am from Alabama! But it's awesome to have a photo of her in action, even if she's in the background.

I boarded this ship quiet a few times in Mobile (which is now a museum and historic landmark), and she's as beautiful on the inside as she is the outside.

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