|Three Casablanca-class escort carriers being readied for launch at the Kaiser Shipyards, Vancouver, Washington, United States, Jan 1943. ||USS Coral Sea during an exercise, seen from USS Manila Bay, 13 Jan 1944|
|P-47D Thunderbolt of the 318th Fighter Group being ferried to Saipan on Escort Carrier USS Manila Bay is launched instead to avoid an aerial attack by four D3A Aichi â€śValâ€ť dive bombers, Jun 23 1944. Photo 3 of 3||P-47D Thunderbolts of the 318th Fighter Group being ferried to Saipan on Escort Carrier USS Manila Bay. Note bomb splashes from an aerial attack by four D3A Aichi â€śValâ€ť dive bombers during refueling operations east of Saipan, Jun 23 1944. Photo 1 of 2|
|USAAF pilot Lt Eubanks Barnhill flies his P-47D Thunderbolt off the deck of Escort Carrier USS Manila Bay to ward off an aerial attack from four D3A Aichi â€śValâ€ť dive bombers during refueling operations east of Saipan, Jun 23 1944. Photo 2 of 2||Elco 80-foot PT-523 alongside escort carrier USS Manila Bay returning downed pilot and aircrewman east of Leyte Gulf, 22 Oct 1944. Note the aircraft style National insignia on top of the chart house.|
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