|Caption||Special attack damaged USS Essex, late Nov 1944; note Oerlikon cannon and ammunition cans ww2dbase|
|Source||ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives|
|Photos on Same Day||26 Nov 1944|
|Added By||C. Peter Chen|
|Added Date||3 Sep 2011|
|Licensing||Public Domain. According to the US National Archives, as of 21 Jul 2010:
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15 Jun 2015 06:12:04 PM
These guns were manned during the attack and firing furiously right up to the moment of impact. The crews could not have survived the explosion and fireball.