Cowpens underway, 17 Jul 1943, photo 1 of 2Cowpens underway, 17 Jul 1943, photo 2 of 2F4U-1 Corsair of VF-17, “The Jolly Rogers,” landing aboard the carrier Bunker Hill south of Bermuda during her shakedown cruise, 17 July 1943. Photo 1 of 2F4U-1 Corsair of VF-17, “The Jolly Rogers,” landing aboard the carrier Bunker Hill south of Bermuda during her shakedown cruise, 17 July 1943. Photo 2 of 2
Cowpens underway, 17 Jul 1943, photo 1 of 2Cowpens underway, 17 Jul 1943, photo 2 of 2F4U-1 Corsair of VF-17, “The Jolly Rogers,” landing aboard the carrier Bunker Hill south of Bermuda during her shakedown cruise, 17 July 1943. Photo 1 of 2F4U-1 Corsair of VF-17, “The Jolly Rogers,” landing aboard the carrier Bunker Hill south of Bermuda during her shakedown cruise, 17 July 1943. Photo 2 of 2
Remains of a merchant ship that exploded, causing a fire on another British freighter, off Algiers, Algeria, 17 Jul 1943
Remains of a merchant ship that exploded, causing a fire on another British freighter, off Algiers, Algeria, 17 Jul 1943


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