American ships off the coast of Leyte, Philippine Islands, Oct 1944Carriers Belleau Wood and Franklin afire after being hit by suicide aircraft, off Samar, Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944Cruiser Phoenix screening escort carriers off Leyte, Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944Fantail of USS Belleau Wood burning after being struck by a special attack aircraft, off the Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944
American ships off the coast of Leyte, Philippine Islands, Oct 1944Carriers Belleau Wood and Franklin afire after being hit by suicide aircraft, off Samar, Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944Cruiser Phoenix screening escort carriers off Leyte, Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944Fantail of USS Belleau Wood burning after being struck by a special attack aircraft, off the Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944
Firefighters of Belleau Wood fighting flames caused by a special attack aircraft, in the Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944; note TBM Avenger aircraft on flight deck and Franklin burning in distance. Photo 1 of 2Firefighters of Belleau Wood fighting flames caused by a special attack aircraft, in the Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944; note TBM Avenger aircraft on flight deck and Franklin burning in distance. Photo 2 of 2German prisoners marching along Joseph-von-Görres-Straße, Aachen, Germany, circa late Oct 1944Major fires on the fantail of USS Belleau Wood were finally extinguished about three hours after being struck by a special attack aircraft, off the Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944
Firefighters of Belleau Wood fighting flames caused by a special attack aircraft, in the Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944; note TBM Avenger aircraft on flight deck and Franklin burning in distance. Photo 1 of 2Firefighters of Belleau Wood fighting flames caused by a special attack aircraft, in the Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944; note TBM Avenger aircraft on flight deck and Franklin burning in distance. Photo 2 of 2German prisoners marching along Joseph-von-Görres-Straße, Aachen, Germany, circa late Oct 1944Major fires on the fantail of USS Belleau Wood were finally extinguished about three hours after being struck by a special attack aircraft, off the Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944
Mugford escorted carriers Belleau Wood and Franklin, both damaged by special attack aircraft, off Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944; note MugfordUSS Belleau Wood after fires were put out and damaged aircraft were jettisoned after being struck by a special attack aircraft earlier in the day, off the Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944. Note hole in flight deckUSS Langley, USS Hornet, and other warships at Ulithi, Caroline Islands, 30 Oct 1944USS New Mexico, Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, United States, late Oct 1944
Mugford escorted carriers Belleau Wood and Franklin, both damaged by special attack aircraft, off Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944; note Mugford's midships 20mm gun crewsUSS Belleau Wood after fires were put out and damaged aircraft were jettisoned after being struck by a special attack aircraft earlier in the day, off the Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944. Note hole in flight deckUSS Langley, USS Hornet, and other warships at Ulithi, Caroline Islands, 30 Oct 1944USS New Mexico, Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, United States, late Oct 1944


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