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Ensign Ardon R. Ives of Fighting-Bombing Squadron VBF-9 crashed his F6F-5 Hellcat through the barrier on USS Lexington (Essex-class) and ruptured the center-line fuel tank, Feb 1945, western Pacific. Photo 1 of 7Ensign Ardon R. Ives of Fighting-Bombing Squadron VBF-9 crashed his F6F-5 Hellcat through the barrier on USS Lexington (Essex-class) and ruptured the center-line fuel tank, Feb 1945, western Pacific. Photo 2 of 7
Ensign Ardon R. Ives of Fighting-Bombing Squadron VBF-9 crashed his F6F-5 Hellcat through the barrier on USS Lexington (Essex-class) and ruptured the center-line fuel tank, Feb 1945, western Pacific. Photo 1 of 7Ensign Ardon R. Ives of Fighting-Bombing Squadron VBF-9 crashed his F6F-5 Hellcat through the barrier on USS Lexington (Essex-class) and ruptured the center-line fuel tank, Feb 1945, western Pacific. Photo 2 of 7
Ensign Ardon R. Ives of Fighting-Bombing Squadron VBF-9 crashed his F6F-5 Hellcat through the barrier on USS Lexington (Essex-class) and ruptured the center-line fuel tank, Feb 1945, western Pacific. Photo 3 of 7Ensign Ardon R. Ives of Fighting-Bombing Squadron VBF-9 crashed his F6F-5 Hellcat through the barrier on USS Lexington (Essex-class) and ruptured the center-line fuel tank, Feb 1945, western Pacific. Photo 4 of 7
Ensign Ardon R. Ives of Fighting-Bombing Squadron VBF-9 crashed his F6F-5 Hellcat through the barrier on USS Lexington (Essex-class) and ruptured the center-line fuel tank, Feb 1945, western Pacific. Photo 3 of 7Ensign Ardon R. Ives of Fighting-Bombing Squadron VBF-9 crashed his F6F-5 Hellcat through the barrier on USS Lexington (Essex-class) and ruptured the center-line fuel tank, Feb 1945, western Pacific. Photo 4 of 7
Ensign Ardon R. Ives of Fighting-Bombing Squadron VBF-9 crashed his F6F-5 Hellcat through the barrier on USS Lexington (Essex-class) and ruptured the center-line fuel tank, Feb 1945, western Pacific. Photo 5 of 7Ensign Ardon R. Ives of Fighting-Bombing Squadron VBF-9 crashed his F6F-5 Hellcat through the barrier on USS Lexington (Essex-class) and ruptured the center-line fuel tank, Feb 1945, western Pacific. Photo 6 of 7
Ensign Ardon R. Ives of Fighting-Bombing Squadron VBF-9 crashed his F6F-5 Hellcat through the barrier on USS Lexington (Essex-class) and ruptured the center-line fuel tank, Feb 1945, western Pacific. Photo 5 of 7Ensign Ardon R. Ives of Fighting-Bombing Squadron VBF-9 crashed his F6F-5 Hellcat through the barrier on USS Lexington (Essex-class) and ruptured the center-line fuel tank, Feb 1945, western Pacific. Photo 6 of 7
Ensign Ardon R. Ives of Fighting-Bombing Squadron VBF-9 crashed his F6F-5 Hellcat through the barrier on USS Lexington (Essex-class) and ruptured the center-line fuel tank, Feb 1945, western Pacific. Photo 7 of 7
Ensign Ardon R. Ives of Fighting-Bombing Squadron VBF-9 crashed his F6F-5 Hellcat through the barrier on USS Lexington (Essex-class) and ruptured the center-line fuel tank, Feb 1945, western Pacific. Photo 7 of 7


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