Photo #: 80-G-11636 (Complete Caption)
Battle of Midway, June 1942
Damaged and partially disassembled Grumman F4F-3 "Wildcat" fighter (Bureau # 4006) on Sand Island, Midway, circa 24-25 June 1942.
This plane, a unit of Marine Fighting Squadron 221 (VMF-221), was flown by Captain John F. Carey, USMC, during the squadron's attack on incoming Japanese planes on the morning of 4 June. Carey was wounded in this action.
Several other planes are visible right background, including F2A-3 "Buffalo" fighters.
This view looks roughly southwest from near the foot of the Sand Island pier. The seaplane hangar, which was heavily damaged by Japanese bombs on 4 June, is in the left background.
Note truck in the middle distance, following a Marine sentry through a gap in the barbed wire defenses.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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