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USS Hornet (Essex-class), distance, steaming with USS Langley (Independence-class) and USS Enterprise on their way back to Ulithi Atoll in the Caroline Islands, 25 Jan 1945.SB2C Helldiver of Bombing Squadron VB-81 coming over the fantail of USS Wasp (Essex-class) for a landing, early 1945. Note leading edge wing spoilers, trailing edge flaps, and tailhook all extended.
USS Hornet (Essex-class), distance, steaming with USS Langley (Independence-class) and USS Enterprise on their way back to Ulithi Atoll in the Caroline Islands, 25 Jan 1945.SB2C Helldiver of Bombing Squadron VB-81 coming over the fantail of USS Wasp (Essex-class) for a landing, early 1945. Note leading edge wing spoilers, trailing edge flaps, and tailhook all extended.
SB2C-4 Helldivers of Bombing Squadron VB-9 returning to the USS Lexington (Essex-class) after a strike in support of the US Marines on Iwo Jima, Bonin Islands, Feb 1945.TBM Avengers and SB2C Helldivers flying from the carrier Bunker Hill, western Pacific, Feb 1945
SB2C-4 Helldivers of Bombing Squadron VB-9 returning to the USS Lexington (Essex-class) after a strike in support of the US Marines on Iwo Jima, Bonin Islands, Feb 1945.TBM Avengers and SB2C Helldivers flying from the carrier Bunker Hill, western Pacific, Feb 1945
Aerial photo of the Iwo Jima invasion beach, 19 Feb 1945; note landing craft approaching the beach and the wing of a SB2C-4 Helldiver aircraft from carrier HancockCurtiss SB2C-3 Helldiver with Bombing Squadron VB-80 returning to the USS Hancock after flying close ground support strikes in support of the Marines landing on Iwo Jima, 19 Feb 1945.
Aerial photo of the Iwo Jima invasion beach, 19 Feb 1945; note landing craft approaching the beach and the wing of a SB2C-4 Helldiver aircraft from carrier HancockCurtiss SB2C-3 Helldiver with Bombing Squadron VB-80 returning to the USS Hancock after flying close ground support strikes in support of the Marines landing on Iwo Jima, 19 Feb 1945.
Overhead view of plane handlers spotting an SB2C Helldiver aboard USS Bennington, early 1945. This view offers a good look at the large surface area of the Helldiver’s tail plane.Photo of Essex-class carrier USS Randolph taken from the back seat of an SB2C Helldiver that had just launched, Feb or Mar 1945, Pacific
Overhead view of plane handlers spotting an SB2C Helldiver aboard USS Bennington, early 1945. This view offers a good look at the large surface area of the Helldiver’s tail plane.Photo of Essex-class carrier USS Randolph taken from the back seat of an SB2C Helldiver that had just launched, Feb or Mar 1945, Pacific
SB2C Helldiver aircraft of US Navy Bombing Squadron 17 preparing for launch from USS Hornet (Essex-class) for strikes against Japan, Mar 1945What is left of an SB2C Helldiver on the heavily damaged flight deck of the USS Randolph after a P1Y Ginga special attack bomber crashed into the ship while at anchor in Ulithi Lagoon, Caroline Islands, 11 Mar 1945.
SB2C Helldiver aircraft of US Navy Bombing Squadron 17 preparing for launch from USS Hornet (Essex-class) for strikes against Japan, Mar 1945What is left of an SB2C Helldiver on the heavily damaged flight deck of the USS Randolph after a P1Y Ginga special attack bomber crashed into the ship while at anchor in Ulithi Lagoon, Caroline Islands, 11 Mar 1945.
Strike photo taken by aircraft from USS Bunker Hill showing an SB2C Helldiver from Bombing Squadron VB-84 over Miyazaki Airfield on southern Kyushu, Japan, 17 Mar 1945Kaiyo (center) under attack by SB2C Helldiver bombers from USS Essex, Kure, Japan, 19 Mar 1945; the carrier at bottom was either Amagi or Katsuragi
Strike photo taken by aircraft from USS Bunker Hill showing an SB2C Helldiver from Bombing Squadron VB-84 over Miyazaki Airfield on southern Kyushu, Japan, 17 Mar 1945Kaiyo (center) under attack by SB2C Helldiver bombers from USS Essex, Kure, Japan, 19 Mar 1945; the carrier at bottom was either Amagi or Katsuragi
USS Hornet off Okinawa, Japan, 27 Mar 1945; note various aircraft on the flight deckMembers of United States Navy Bombing Squadron 87 standing in front of a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver at Kahului Naval Air Station, Maui, Hawaii, Apr 1945.
USS Hornet off Okinawa, Japan, 27 Mar 1945; note various aircraft on the flight deckMembers of United States Navy Bombing Squadron 87 standing in front of a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver at Kahului Naval Air Station, Maui, Hawaii, Apr 1945.
SB2C Helldiver pilot checking the dive brakes at the Curtiss factory, Apr 1945F6F Hellcat fighter coming up on the Number 3 flight deck elevator on USS Yorktown (Essex-class), early 1945. Note TBM-3 Avengers and SB2C Helldivers also on deck.
SB2C Helldiver pilot checking the dive brakes at the Curtiss factory, Apr 1945F6F Hellcat fighter coming up on the Number 3 flight deck elevator on USS Yorktown (Essex-class), early 1945. Note TBM-3 Avengers and SB2C Helldivers also on deck.
SB2C Helldivers flying over USS Essex during the Okinawa campaign, May 1945; USS Bunker Hill, USS Langley, and other vessels in backgroundSB2C-4E Helldivers with Bombing Squadron 87 flying from USS Ticonderoga, May 1945
SB2C Helldivers flying over USS Essex during the Okinawa campaign, May 1945; USS Bunker Hill, USS Langley, and other vessels in backgroundSB2C-4E Helldivers with Bombing Squadron 87 flying from USS Ticonderoga, May 1945
View from the island of USS Hornet (Essex-class) looking aft and leading the USS Bonne Homme Richard, USS Belleau Wood, and USS San Jacinto during gunnery exercises, 12 Jun 1945 off the Philippines.Escort carrier USS Attu the morning after riding out a punishing typhoon that scattered aircraft all over the flight deck and washed 3 aircraft overboard, 5 Jun 1945.
View from the island of USS Hornet (Essex-class) looking aft and leading the USS Bonne Homme Richard, USS Belleau Wood, and USS San Jacinto during gunnery exercises, 12 Jun 1945 off the Philippines.Escort carrier USS Attu the morning after riding out a punishing typhoon that scattered aircraft all over the flight deck and washed 3 aircraft overboard, 5 Jun 1945.

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