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Brewster F2A-3 preparing for take-off at MCAS Ewa early 1942

History of Brewster Buffalo F2A-3 BuNo 01542 MF-12

The Brewster Buffalo F2A-3 was an “improved” version of the F2A-2 and 108 were built. The F2A-3s were conceived as a long range reconnaissance fighter with a new wet wing with self-sealing features and a larger 80 gal fuselage fuel tank. The increased fuel capacity and protection also increased the aircraft’s weight by more than …

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USS Helena CL-50 Discovered

The USS Helena (CL-50) has been discovered off the coast of the Solomon Islands

The USS Helena (CL-50) has been discovered by Paul G. Allen’s expedition crew RV Petrel. She was sunk on July 6, 1943 by three Japanese torpedoes during the Battle of Kula Gulf. Today, USS Helena was found 860 meters below the surface, resting on the floor of the New Georgia Sound off the coast of …

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Sinking of oiler USS Mississinewa

Most Notable US Navy Losses of World War 2 – Part II

In Part One of Notable US Navy Losses of World War 2 we covered the USS Arizona (BB-39), USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56), USS Tullibee (SS-284), USS Tang (SS-306), USS Mount Hood (AE-11), USS Borie (DD-215), USS Ingraham II (DD-444), USS Indianapolis (CA-35), USS Stewart (DD-224), USS Sturtevant (DD-240), USS R-12 (SS-89) and USS S-28 (SS-133) but these were just a handful of the notable losses. We asked our readers …

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Crew of the USS PC-1264, manning the rails in Dress Whites circa 1944 - arthur kill ship graveyard

Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard: Eerie Graveyard of WWII-era ships

In the video above you’ll see aerial footage of ships left abandoned in Staten Island, NY., in a eerie graveyard of WWII-era ships nicknamed the “Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard”. The Arthur Kill ship graveyard was never meant to become such a decrepit spectacle. In the years after World War II, the adjacent scrapyard began to purchase scores …

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USS PENNSYLVANIA and battleship of COLORADO class followed by three cruisers move in line into Lingayen Gulf.

WWII Vet recalls manning AA-Gun on USS Pennsylvania in Pearl Harbor

World War II Veteran Russel Winsett (March 4, 1920 – February 22, 2015) recalls manning an anti-aircraft gun on the USS Pennsylvania on December 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor as the Japanese aircraft attacked. So you heard the signal for general quarters, you get to your machine gun, had you seen planes in the sky? Did …

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USS Indianapolis: The Legacy

USS Indianapolis: The Legacy (Trailer – 2016)

More than a decade in the making, USS Indianapolis: The Legacy tells the fate of the World War II heavy cruiser using exclusively first-person accounts. The last crew and their families share gripping stories of kamikaze attacks, invasions, a secret mission, and ultimately a devastating torpedo attack that killed three fourths of the crew. The …

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