Thursday, May 12, 2011

Aviation Snapshot - B-25s Dodging Antiaircraft Fire over Rabaul

In early 1944, after the issue over Rabaul had been decided, Marine Air fielded five PBJ squadrons (dubbed VMB) aboard the bases surround the Japanese stronghold. The PBJs were standard American B-25 medium bombers with a navy/Marine designation. Marine PBJs were the last aircraft to bomb Rabaul, on August 8, 1945. Here, PBJs over Simpson Harbor are tracked by antiaircraft fire. Official USMC Photo, from New Georgia, Bougainville, and Cape Gloucester: The U.S. Marines in World War II by Eric Hammel.

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