Battle of Peleliu Photo Gallery
General Douglas MacArthur, U.S. Army (left); President Franklin D. Roosevelt (center); and Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN (right) on board USS Baltimore (CA-68), at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 26 July 1944. Admiral William D. Leahy, the President's chief of staff, is standing in the left background. This photo was taken during President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 26 July–10 August 1944 visit to Hawaii for a planning conference regarding future moves against Japan (including the Palaus campaign) (80-G-241479).
An F4U Corsair carrying a napalm canister for a close air-support mission taxis on the Peleliu airfield while fighting in the island's interior was still ongoing. Marine Corps aircraft began operating from the island's airfield on 24 September. A Curtiss R5C-1 transport plane is in the background (80-G-425532).
The first wave of LVTs moves toward the invasion beaches, passing through the inshore bombardment line of LCI gunboats, 15 September 1944. Cruisers and battleships are bombarding from the distance. The landing area is almost totally hidden in dust and smoke. Photographed from a USS Honolulu (CL-48) spotter plane (80-G-283533).
View taken on 19 September 1944, showing an OY-1 Grasshopper spotter aircraft being manhandled on the flight deck of USS Petrof Bay (CVE-80) during the Peleliu operation. Light spotter planes proved indispensable to reconnoitering Peleliu’s largely unmapped Umurbrogol massif, which had been heavily fortified by the Japanese. Note motto on cowling: "It flies, don't it?" (80-G-378466).