Operation Dragoon Photo Gallery
LST's loading invasion supplies and vehicles at the island of Nisida, Bay of Naples, Italy, 9 August 1944, just prior to the southern France operation. Note barrage balloons overhead. Ships loading on beach include (left to right): USS LST-1019; USS LST-504; USS LST-1020; and USS LST-995; among others. Passing by in center distance is LST-505 (80-G-258037).
Senior officers of the invasion task force follow the progress of the landings on a relief map, aboard USS Catoctin (AGC-5), 15 August 1944. The main map depicts the central Alpha and Delta landing beach areas. Present are (left–right around the map): Rear Admiral Lemonnier, French navy chief of staff; an aide; Vice Admiral H. Kent Hewitt, USN; General Sir Henry Maitland Wilson, British army; Admiral Sir John Cunningham, RN; and Captain R.A.J. English, USN. Vice Admiral Hewitt has autographed this photo (NH-54483).
On board USS Tulagi (CVE-72), Rear Admiral Calvin T. Durgin, foreground, congratulates the carrier's pilots for destroying a target beyond the reach of naval guns during the invasion of southern France, 16 August 1944. Photographed in the carrier's ready room. Note chalk board message in background: "be sure to charge guns on take off" (80-G-305235).
From left to right: Lieutenant Commander Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., USNR, commander of the Special Operations Group's Eastern Diversionary Unit ("Beach Jumpers"); Captain Henry C. Johnson, USN, commander of the Special Operations Group (TG 80.4); and Lieutenant Commander John D. Bulkeley, USN, commanding officer of USS Endicott (DD-495) on Endicott's bridge during the Operation Dragoon, August 1944. This photo may have been taken after the 17 August engagement that sank the German corvettes Nimet Allah and Capriola (NH 54383).
Published: Tue Jul 09 13:53:45 EDT 2019