Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of Ford Island shortly after the beginning of the Pearl Harbor attack. View looks about east with the supply depot submarine base and fuel tank farm in the right center distance. A torpedo has just hit USS West Virginia on the far side of Ford Island (center). Other battleships moored nearby are (from left): Nevada Arizona Tennessee (inboard of West Virginia) Oklahoma (torpedoed and listing)…
Shortly before the Normandy invasion Winston Churchill tests his hand with the Thompson sub-machine gun in .45 caliber. The "Tommy Gun" was by then the standard light automatic weapon of the US Army and in extensive use by the British and Canadian armies. In the background General Eisenhower also takes aim with the same gun.
Chalk 17 poses for a photograph before departing for Normandy. This image shows the paratroopers and air crewmen of Pathfinder Team #2 of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment/82nd Airborne Division on the evening of Monday June 5 1944 shortly before taking off to go to France. They are posing in front of aircraft #42-93096 a Douglas C-47A that is in the collection of The National WWII Museum.
The burning Japanese aircraft carrier Hiryu photographed by a Yokosuka B4Y aircraft from the carrier Hosho shortly after sunrise on 5 June 1942. Hiryu sank a few hours later. Note the collapsed flight deck over the forward hangar.