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Aerial view of USS Makin Island off Leyte, Philippine Islands, 18 Nov 1944; note lowered forward elevator and FM-2 Wildcat aircraft on the flight deckCrew of USS Makin Island attempted to pull an upended FM-2 Wildcat from the flight deck
Aerial view of USS Makin Island off Leyte, Philippine Islands, 18 Nov 1944; note lowered forward elevator and FM-2 Wildcat aircraft on the flight deckCrew of USS Makin Island attempted to pull an upended FM-2 Wildcat from the flight deck's edge, circa 1944-1945
FM-2 Wildcat landing on USS Makin Island, circa 1944-1945Crew members of USS Makin Island at their battle stations with inflatable belts and flash proof clothing, late 1944-mid 1945
FM-2 Wildcat landing on USS Makin Island, circa 1944-1945Crew members of USS Makin Island at their battle stations with inflatable belts and flash proof clothing, late 1944-mid 1945
FM-2 Wildcat prepared to launch off USS Makin Island, 1945Rear Admiral Calvin T. Durgin on the bridge of his flagship, USS Makin Island, late-1944 to mid-1945; note FM-2 Wildcat and TBM Avenger aircraft on the flight deck
FM-2 Wildcat prepared to launch off USS Makin Island, 1945Rear Admiral Calvin T. Durgin on the bridge of his flagship, USS Makin Island, late-1944 to mid-1945; note FM-2 Wildcat and TBM Avenger aircraft on the flight deck
Rear Admiral Calvin T. DurginTBM-3 Avenger making low and slow pass over other Avenger aircraft on the flight deck of USS Makin Island, 1945
Rear Admiral Calvin T. Durgin's Flag staff in Wardroom of USS Makin Island, 1945TBM-3 Avenger making low and slow pass over other Avenger aircraft on the flight deck of USS Makin Island, 1945
USS Makin Island crewmen and the shipUSS Makin Island
USS Makin Island crewmen and the ship's scoreboard on the wing of the bridge, 1945; handwritten note identifies three of the crewmen as DuPeraul, Hougon and DonaldsonUSS Makin Island's flight deck and island, late 1944-mid 1945; note arresting wires, barrier wires, 4 FM-2 Wildcat aircraft, and 1 TBM Avenger aircraft
40mm Bofors gunnery drills aboard USS Makin Island, 21 Mar 1945, prior to the Okinawa CampaignUSS Makin Island at anchor at Kerama Retto, Ryukyu Islands, Japan, 31 Mar 1945
40mm Bofors gunnery drills aboard USS Makin Island, 21 Mar 1945, prior to the Okinawa CampaignUSS Makin Island at anchor at Kerama Retto, Ryukyu Islands, Japan, 31 Mar 1945
Aerial view of USS Makin Island off Okinawa, Japan, 1945; note FM-2 Wildcat and TBM Avenger aircraft on the flight deckRear Admiral Calvin T. Durgin with his staff in the ACI room of his flagship, USS Makin Island, during the Okinawa campaign, May 1945
Aerial view of USS Makin Island off Okinawa, Japan, 1945; note FM-2 Wildcat and TBM Avenger aircraft on the flight deckRear Admiral Calvin T. Durgin with his staff in the ACI room of his flagship, USS Makin Island, during the Okinawa campaign, May 1945
USS Makin Island entering floating drydock ABSD-6 for repairs and paint at Guam, Mariana Islands, 8 Jun 1945Captain Ira E. Hobbs, USS Makin Island
USS Makin Island entering floating drydock ABSD-6 for repairs and paint at Guam, Mariana Islands, 8 Jun 1945Captain Ira E. Hobbs, USS Makin Island's Commanding Officer, honored aviators of Composite Squadron 41 on the occasion of their 1,000th landing on board, mid-1945
TBM-3 Avenger aircraft launching from USS Makin Island en route Wakayama, Japan to cover the evacuation of Allied prisoners of war, Sep 1945USS Makin Island in Wakanoura Wan, Wakayama, Japan covering evacuations of Allied POWs, Sep 1945; also visible were Haven-class hospital ship (top) and Cleveland-class light cruiser (center)
TBM-3 Avenger aircraft launching from USS Makin Island en route Wakayama, Japan to cover the evacuation of Allied prisoners of war, Sep 1945USS Makin Island in Wakanoura Wan, Wakayama, Japan covering evacuations of Allied POWs, Sep 1945; also visible were Haven-class hospital ship (top) and Cleveland-class light cruiser (center)
FM-2 Wildcat catapulted off of USS Makin Island, off Honolulu, Hawaii, Oct 1945; it was the last launch before the escort carrier was converted to a troop transport
FM-2 Wildcat catapulted off of USS Makin Island, off Honolulu, Hawaii, Oct 1945; it was the last launch before the escort carrier was converted to a troop transport
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"All that silly talk about the advance of science and such leaves me cold. Give me peace and a retarded science."

Thomas Dodd, late 1945