Belleau Wood in the Delaware River off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, United States, 18 Apr 1943, photo 1 of 2Belleau Wood in the Delaware River off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, United States, 18 Apr 1943, photo 2 of 2; note location of SK, SC, and SG radar and YE aircraft homing beacon antennasBelleau Wood entering Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 22 Dec 1943Belleau Wood underway in the Pacific Ocean about to enter Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 22 Dec 1943
Belleau Wood in the Delaware River off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, United States, 18 Apr 1943, photo 1 of 2Belleau Wood in the Delaware River off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, United States, 18 Apr 1943, photo 2 of 2; note location of SK, SC, and SG radar and YE aircraft homing beacon antennasBelleau Wood entering Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 22 Dec 1943Belleau Wood underway in the Pacific Ocean about to enter Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 22 Dec 1943
Tracer rounds within intensive anti-aircraft fire from the Light Carrier USS Belleau Wood aimed at a Japanese G4M “Betty” bomber attacking at wave-top level off the Mariana Islands, 22 Feb 1944A Japanese aircraft crashed into the sea near carrier Belleau Wood in the Mariana Islands, 23 Feb 1944; photo taken from USS EssexCarriers Belleau Wood and Franklin afire after being hit by suicide aircraft, off Samar, 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
Tracer rounds within intensive anti-aircraft fire from the Light Carrier USS Belleau Wood aimed at a Japanese G4M “Betty” bomber attacking at wave-top level off the Mariana Islands, 22 Feb 1944A Japanese aircraft crashed into the sea near carrier Belleau Wood in the Mariana Islands, 23 Feb 1944; photo taken from USS EssexCarriers Belleau Wood and Franklin afire after being hit by suicide aircraft, off Samar, 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 2Major 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 1944Mugford escorted carriers Belleau Wood and Franklin, both damaged by special attack aircraft, off Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944; note Mugford
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 2Major 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 1944Mugford escorted carriers Belleau Wood and Franklin, both damaged by special attack aircraft, off Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944; note Mugford's midships 20mm gun crews
USS 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 deckWith her deck loaded with aircraft, Light Carrier USS Belleau Wood riding at anchor off Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, California, United States, 19 Jan 1945US Navy Lieutenant (jg) Walter Wujcik bringing an aircraft down for landing aboard carrier Belleau Wood, circa 1945US Navy Seamen 1st Class A. D. Allison and J. W. Roberts reading a letter on Belleau Wood
USS 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 deckWith her deck loaded with aircraft, Light Carrier USS Belleau Wood riding at anchor off Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, California, United States, 19 Jan 1945US Navy Lieutenant (jg) Walter Wujcik bringing an aircraft down for landing aboard carrier Belleau Wood, circa 1945US Navy Seamen 1st Class A. D. Allison and J. W. Roberts reading a letter on Belleau Wood's flight deck next to a F6F Hellcat fighter, circa 1945
View from the island of USS Hornet (Essex-class) looking aft and leading the USS Bonne Homme Richard, USS Belleau Wood, and USS San Jacinto during gunnery exercises, 12 Jun 1945 off the Philippines.French aircraft carrier Bois Belleau moving to Norfolk Naval Base, Virginia, United States for aircraft loading, Dec 1953; note New Jersey, Albany, and Casa Grande in background
View from the island of USS Hornet (Essex-class) looking aft and leading the USS Bonne Homme Richard, USS Belleau Wood, and USS San Jacinto during gunnery exercises, 12 Jun 1945 off the Philippines.French aircraft carrier Bois Belleau moving to Norfolk Naval Base, Virginia, United States for aircraft loading, Dec 1953; note New Jersey, Albany, and Casa Grande in background
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