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US Navy pilot Lieutenant Commander Maxwell Leslie's SBD aircraft crashing safely into the sea due to lack of fuel beside USS Astoria, 1348 hours, 4 Jun 1942

Caption     US Navy pilot Lieutenant Commander Maxwell Leslie's SBD aircraft crashing safely into the sea due to lack of fuel beside USS Astoria, 1348 hours, 4 Jun 1942 ww2dbase
Photographer    Unknown
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation
Identification Code   1996.253.588
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Photos on Same Day 4 Jun 1942
Added By David Stubblebine

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
7 Jan 2012 09:15:37 PM


Douglas SBD, flown by Commanding Officer of
VB-3 Lt.Cdr. Maxwell F. Leslie ditches next
to Heavy Cruiser USS Astoria. His wingman
Lt.(JG)P.A.Holmberg also ditched due to fuel exhaustion, both crews rescued.
Aircraft made successful attack on the
Japanese Carrier Soryu during the Battle of Midway. Aircraft at right on photograph, is a Crutiss SOC Seagull floatplane on catapult.

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