Lieutenant Commander Bill Burch and Ensign Thomas Reeves flying USS Yorktown-based SBD dive bombers over Makin, Gilbert Islands, 1 Feb 1942M3 Lee Medium Tank, with a 75mm gun in the sponson and a 37mm gun in the turret, on Butaritari Island, Makin Atoll, Gilbert Islands, Nov 1943. A medical crew waits beside their jeep for tanks to pass.TBM-1C Avengers over Makin Island (now Butaritari Island), in the Gilbert Islands following a bombing raid, Nov 1943.Troops of 2nd Battalion, US 165th Infantry at Yellow Beach Two, Butaritari, Makin Atoll, Gilbert Islands, 20 Nov 1943
Lieutenant Commander Bill Burch and Ensign Thomas Reeves flying USS Yorktown-based SBD dive bombers over Makin, Gilbert Islands, 1 Feb 1942M3 Lee Medium Tank, with a 75mm gun in the sponson and a 37mm gun in the turret, on Butaritari Island, Makin Atoll, Gilbert Islands, Nov 1943. A medical crew waits beside their jeep for tanks to pass.TBM-1C Avengers over Makin Island (now Butaritari Island), in the Gilbert Islands following a bombing raid, Nov 1943.Troops of 2nd Battalion, US 165th Infantry at Yellow Beach Two, Butaritari, Makin Atoll, Gilbert Islands, 20 Nov 1943


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