Photo #: 80-G-289679
Leyte Invasion, October 1944
USS Cony (DD-508) lays a smoke screen near USS West Virginia (BB-48), to protect shipping off Leyte from Japanese air attack, during the landings there on 20 October 1944.
Note manned anti-aircraft batteries on board the battleship, including a Mark 51 director in the foreground, 20mm gun at left, 40mm quad gun mount in center and 5"/38 twin gun mounts beyond.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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15 May 2000