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Enterprise VB-6 SBD, with pilot Ensign George Goldsmith and Radioman 1st Class James Patterson, Jr. still onboard, on the flight deck of Yorktown due to fuel exhaustion, 4 Jun 1942, photo 2 of 2F4F-4 Wildcat fighters and SBD Dauntless dive bombers being prepared to launch from the flight deck of USS Hornet, off Midway, 4 Jun 1942
Enterprise VB-6 SBD, with pilot Ensign George Goldsmith and Radioman 1st Class James Patterson, Jr. still onboard, on the flight deck of Yorktown due to fuel exhaustion, 4 Jun 1942, photo 2 of 2F4F-4 Wildcat fighters and SBD Dauntless dive bombers being prepared to launch from the flight deck of USS Hornet, off Midway, 4 Jun 1942
Fatally damaged Japanese aircraft falling toward Sand Island, Midway Atoll, 4 Jun 1942; note top of a sandbag in foregroundFirefighters in Yorktown
Fatally damaged Japanese aircraft falling toward Sand Island, Midway Atoll, 4 Jun 1942; note top of a sandbag in foregroundFirefighters in Yorktown's hangar, just after noon, 4 Jun 1942
Fires and damaged buildings at Midway from Japanese bombardment during the opening of the Battle of Midway, 4 Jun 1942.Five B5N Type 97 torpedo bombers approached Yorktown through anti-aircraft fire during the afternoon of 4 Jun 1942
Fires and damaged buildings at Midway from Japanese bombardment during the opening of the Battle of Midway, 4 Jun 1942.Five B5N Type 97 torpedo bombers approached Yorktown through anti-aircraft fire during the afternoon of 4 Jun 1942
Fletcher in a whaleboat waiting to board cruiser Astoria after his flagship Yorktown had been disabled, 1300, 4 Jun 1942Hiryu maneuvering to avoid three sticks of bombs dropped by B-17 bombers, off Midway Atoll, shortly after 0800 hours, 4 Jun 1942, photo 1 of 2
Fletcher in a whaleboat waiting to board cruiser Astoria after his flagship Yorktown had been disabled, 1300, 4 Jun 1942Hiryu maneuvering to avoid three sticks of bombs dropped by B-17 bombers, off Midway Atoll, shortly after 0800 hours, 4 Jun 1942, photo 1 of 2
Hiryu maneuvering to avoid three sticks of bombs dropped by B-17 bombers, off Midway Atoll, shortly after 0800 hours, 4 Jun 1942, photo 2 of 2Japanese aircraft in flight over Sand Island, Midway Atoll, 4 Jun 1942
Hiryu maneuvering to avoid three sticks of bombs dropped by B-17 bombers, off Midway Atoll, shortly after 0800 hours, 4 Jun 1942, photo 2 of 2Japanese aircraft in flight over Sand Island, Midway Atoll, 4 Jun 1942
Japanese naval shells exploding in the harbor at Dutch Harbor, Aleutian Islands, Alaska as part of the Aleutian diversion for the Midway attack, 4 Jun 1942.Lieutenant (jg) William Leonard
Japanese naval shells exploding in the harbor at Dutch Harbor, Aleutian Islands, Alaska as part of the Aleutian diversion for the Midway attack, 4 Jun 1942.Lieutenant (jg) William Leonard's F4F-4 Wildcat taking off for combat air patrol from USS Yorktown during Battle of Midway, 4 Jun 1942
Looking astern on Pensacola during Battle of Midway, 4 Jun 1942; the ships seen were probably destroyer Benham and cruiser VincennesLt Cmdr Maxwell Leslie about to ditch his SBD by cruiser Astoria, about 1342-1348, 4 Jun 1942
Looking astern on Pensacola during Battle of Midway, 4 Jun 1942; the ships seen were probably destroyer Benham and cruiser VincennesLt Cmdr Maxwell Leslie about to ditch his SBD by cruiser Astoria, about 1342-1348, 4 Jun 1942
Oil tanks burning on Sand Island of Midway Atoll after Japanese attack, 4 Jun 1942Pensacola observed as disabled Yorktown was surrounded by escorts, just after noon, 4 Jun 1942, photo 1 of 2
Oil tanks burning on Sand Island of Midway Atoll after Japanese attack, 4 Jun 1942Pensacola observed as disabled Yorktown was surrounded by escorts, just after noon, 4 Jun 1942, photo 1 of 2
Pensacola observed as disabled Yorktown was surrounded by escorts, just after noon, 4 Jun 1942, photo 2 of 2SB2U-3 Vindicator aircraft of US Marine Corps squadron VMSB-241 taking off from Eastern Island, Midway Atoll, 4-6 Jun 1942, photo 1 of 3
Pensacola observed as disabled Yorktown was surrounded by escorts, just after noon, 4 Jun 1942, photo 2 of 2SB2U-3 Vindicator aircraft of US Marine Corps squadron VMSB-241 taking off from Eastern Island, Midway Atoll, 4-6 Jun 1942, photo 1 of 3
SB2U-3 Vindicator aircraft of US Marine Corps squadron VMSB-241 taking off from Eastern Island, Midway Atoll, 4-6 Jun 1942, photo 2 of 3SB2U-3 Vindicator aircraft of US Marine Corps squadron VMSB-241 taking off from Eastern Island, Midway Atoll, 4-6 Jun 1942, photo 3 of 3
SB2U-3 Vindicator aircraft of US Marine Corps squadron VMSB-241 taking off from Eastern Island, Midway Atoll, 4-6 Jun 1942, photo 2 of 3SB2U-3 Vindicator aircraft of US Marine Corps squadron VMSB-241 taking off from Eastern Island, Midway Atoll, 4-6 Jun 1942, photo 3 of 3

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