Thursday, July 28, 2011

From WWII, I'd never seen these before

This morning a friend of mine, Black Swan sent me a couple sets of photographs taken during World War II, I've seen a number of WWII photos over the years  These I had not seen, so for me at least they lived up to the rare and unusual title at the top of the page. Tonight I'm publishing the first set..

The second set, besides the pictures and the story they tell may have some hints about who took the photo's... I'm going to try checking into that before I post those,

I don't know who originally posted these on the Internet of who took the pictures..They came from different parts of the world, and give a glimpse of what those places looked like during the war..

 Japanese Kawanishi H8K seaplane
 after strafing. Kwajalein

Squad of Rufe's at Bougainville
These things were very nimble even with the pontoons.

The A6M2-N float plane version of the Zero did extremely well, suffering only a small loss in its legendary maneuverability.Top speed was not affected however, the aircraft's relatively light armament was a detriment.

 Snow on the deck of the USS Philippine Sea.
 North Pacific 1945 

Lots more

 HARVS on the way in shot by a P-47. 
Rare shot.

Deck crew climbing up to get the pilot out.  He did. 
That’s a fuel tank his foot is on.  Empty?

 Marines disembark LST 
at Tinian Island.



German 280mm K5 firing

 Outside Bastogne

U.S. munitions ship goes up during 
the invasion of Sicily.

Spitfire "tipping-off" a V1. If you've never heard of this insane tactic; at first V1's were shot down by gunfire. Optimum range was inside 200 yds, which was marginal for survival.  Many planes were damaged and quite a few pilots killed. Basically at such high speed and low altitude a plane had to fly though the explosion and hope.

With the high risk of being blown up some of the best pilots started tipping the V1's wing, because of damage to wing tips they later developed a tactic of disrupting the airflow by placing their wing very close to the V1's wing, causing it to topple.

Not every pilot did this. At night this was not possible, the flame from the V1 blinded the pilot to everything else, though some Mossie pilots flew past closely in front of the V1, again causing it to topple. The thought of doing this at 450mph, 4,000 feet above the ground, at night and being blinded gives me the willies.

Panzerkampfwagen VI "E Tiger"

 V 1

Ju 88 loading a torpedo. This is one HUGE bomber 
... and it's on pontoons!!!!

German "KARL" mortars. Sebastopol

Reloading a KARL
That is a heavy Mortar


Macchi 202v

Italian 303 Bombers over N Africa


  1. Great Pics. Thanks to both of you.

  2. this was to have been the war to end all wars...i can't help but think of all the men who lost their lives in this contest. now, we are involved in an unwinable conflict & i am again doleful to contemplate the lives that were & are being snuffed out for reasons that i cannot fathom. why do we continue to try to bring democracy to heathens?...why do we continually stick our noses into the strifes of other nations?...why are our finest young people sacrificed for those who despise us but take our money & continue to do what they've done for centuries? i can't help but cry for those who were lost & were never allowed to realize the fullness of thier lives. thanx for the pix...alphamom/marianne

  3. anon - I also mourn for the 3000+ innocents who lost their lives nearly 10 years ago.

  4. Great pictures, Grumpy, and a wonderful reminder of the heroism of these servicemen. Thank you!


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