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80-G-32307 Battle of Midway, June 1942

Photo #: 80-G-32307  Battle of Midway, June 1942
Title: Battle of Midway, June 1942
Description: An SBD-3 scout bomber, probably flown by the Bombing Squadron Three (VB-3) Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Maxwell F. Leslie, ditches alongside USS Astoria (CA-34) at about 1348 hrs on 4 June 1942. This was one of two VB-3 planes that ditched near Astoria after they were unable to land on the damaged USS Yorktown (CV-5). Photographed from atop Astoria's after superstructure. Note her port aircraft crane, and an SOC floatplane on her port catapult. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
Catalog #: 80-G-32307
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