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Astoria off Long Beach, CA, circa 1930sUSS Astoria entering Honolulu harbor during her shakedown cruise, US Territory of Hawaii, 9 Jul 1934
Astoria off Long Beach, CA, circa 1930sUSS Astoria entering Honolulu harbor during her shakedown cruise, US Territory of Hawaii, 9 Jul 1934
AstoriaAstoria off Mare Island Navy Yard, 11 Jul 1941, photo 1 of 2
Astoria's bridge area while at Mare Island Navy Yard, 9 Jul 1941Astoria off Mare Island Navy Yard, 11 Jul 1941, photo 1 of 2
Astoria off Mare Island Navy Yard, 11 Jul 1941, photo 2 of 2Gunnery practice with 5-in guns aboard Astoria, circa spring 1942
Astoria off Mare Island Navy Yard, 11 Jul 1941, photo 2 of 2Gunnery practice with 5-in guns aboard Astoria, circa spring 1942
Astoria arriving at Pearl Harbor with Task Force 17, 27 May 1942Astoria at Pearl Harbor, Jun 1942
Astoria arriving at Pearl Harbor with Task Force 17, 27 May 1942Astoria at Pearl Harbor, Jun 1942
Astoria stopped to pick up downed pilot Lt (jg) Paul Holmberg, 1342, 4 Jun 1942; the SBD piloted by Lt Cmdr Maxwell Leslie in center of picture was also about to ditch from low fuelFletcher in a whaleboat waiting to board cruiser Astoria after his flagship Yorktown had been disabled, 1300, 4 Jun 1942
Astoria stopped to pick up downed pilot Lt (jg) Paul Holmberg, 1342, 4 Jun 1942; the SBD piloted by Lt Cmdr Maxwell Leslie in center of picture was also about to ditch from low fuelFletcher in a whaleboat waiting to board cruiser Astoria after his flagship Yorktown had been disabled, 1300, 4 Jun 1942
Lt Cmdr Maxwell Leslie about to ditch his SBD by cruiser Astoria, about 1342-1348, 4 Jun 1942Starboard side guns of Yorktown ready to fire, 4 Jun 1942; note the smoke rising from the carrier; cruiser Astoria in background
Lt Cmdr Maxwell Leslie about to ditch his SBD by cruiser Astoria, about 1342-1348, 4 Jun 1942Starboard side guns of Yorktown ready to fire, 4 Jun 1942; note the smoke rising from the carrier; cruiser Astoria in background
US Navy pilot Lieutenant Commander Maxwell LeslieUSS Astoria passing by USS Yorktown (foreground), 4 Jun 1942
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 1942USS Astoria passing by USS Yorktown (foreground), 4 Jun 1942
VB-3 Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Max Leslie ditched his SBD bomber near Astoria due to fuel exhaustion, Battle of Midway, 4 Jun 1942; a PBY flew nearbyAstoria during battle practice off Hawaii, 8 Jul 1942, photo 1 of 2
VB-3 Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Max Leslie ditched his SBD bomber near Astoria due to fuel exhaustion, Battle of Midway, 4 Jun 1942; a PBY flew nearbyAstoria during battle practice off Hawaii, 8 Jul 1942, photo 1 of 2
Astoria during battle practice off Hawaii, 8 Jul 1942, photo 2 of 2Astoria off Tulagi during the American invasion, 6 Aug 1942
Astoria during battle practice off Hawaii, 8 Jul 1942, photo 2 of 2Astoria off Tulagi during the American invasion, 6 Aug 1942
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