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Photo #: 80-G-17053
Battle of Midway, June 1942
Oil tanks burning on Sand Island, Midway, during the night of 4-5 June 1942. They had been set afire by Japanese air attack on morning of 4 June.
Light from this fire guided at least one Marine aviator back to Midway after an attempted night attack mission against Japanese ships on 4-5 June.
This view looks roughly southwest along what was then Sand Island's southern shore.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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16 March 1999