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80-G-32238 Battle of Midway, June 1942

Photo #: 80-G-32238  Battle of Midway, June 1942
Title: Battle of Midway, June 1942
Description: A Bombing Squadron Three (VB-3) SBD-3 scout bomber about to ditch alongside USS Astoria (CA-34) at about 1342-1348 hrs on 4 June 1942. The plane was one of two, flown by Lieutenant Commander Maxwell F. Leslie, the VB-3 Commanding Officer, and Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Paul A. Holmberg, that were returning from attacking the Japanese aircraft carrier Soryu and were unable to land on USS Yorktown (CV-5) after she was hit and temporarily stopped by Japanese dive bombers. Nearly out of fuel, both ditched successfully near Astoria. Photographed from USS Pensacola (CA-24). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
Catalog #: 80-G-32238
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