HERE IT IS—THE NORDEN BOMBSIGHT!
ORLANDO, FLA.—The cover of secrecy is lifted, at long last, from the Norden bombsight—America’s unparalleled aerial weapon. Now that the bombsight has been captured intact by Germany, it is possible to reveal the closely guarded instrument. It will take years for the Nazis to reproduce the valuable instrument. This first photo of the Norden bombsight was made at the Orlando USAAF Tactical Center.
Credit: Army Air Forces photo from Acme
After Japanese Plan Rammed Superfort
Saipan – Crew members of a B-29 Superfortress examine damage to one of the ship’s engines, rammed head-on by a Japanese Tony fighter, during a raid on Japan, Dec 3. The Nip’s wing was sheared off, it crashed into another Japanese and both went down in flames. The Superfort returned to its Saipan base on three engines. Left to right, are: Cpl, Joseph C. Cook, of Tajunga, Calif., gunner, (kneeling); and (standing); Lt. Donald J. Dufford, Grand Junction, Colo., plane commander; Lt. Drayton K. Finney, Miles, Ohio, navigator; Cpl. George P. McGraw, Titusville, PA., gunner; Sgt. Robert H. Jay, Hobson, Mont., gunner; Sgt. Don M. Frensley, Duncan, Okla., radio operator; Lt. Roger S. Kolb, Spencer, Ind., flight engineer; Sgt. R.V. Rainer, Grossbeck, Texas, gunner; and Sgt. Salvatore A. Tabtaglione, New York, N.Y., central fire control gunner.
Drama Aboard the “Fighting Lady”
Pacific – This series of pictures depicts one of the most spectacular scenes from the U.S. Navy documentary film, “The Fighting Lady,” distributed by 20th Century-Fox. Action occurred when a Navy pilot came in for a landing on his carrier’s flight deck – plane out of control. The plane, upper left, prop whirling, swerves into the island at the side of the carrier. As the right wing smashes into the tower, the plane swings around, telescoping the nose and splitting the fuselage. At lower left, the plane has been brought to a stop after reversing its field. Men in gun turret bend low to lessen shock of concussion. Wires trail from front end of fuselage but the cockpit is intact. In last photo, lower right, the pilot, miraculously unhurt, climbs out of his seat.
Credit: U.S. Navy photo from ACME
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