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Fighter on the Flight Deck, ready for launch

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USS Franklin, badly damaged after Japanese attack.

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Saving the Franklin

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USS Hancock October 25, 1944

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Franklin after fires are put out

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Removing dead and wounded - January 21, 1945

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Getting Planes ready for strike

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Photo taken from a Destroyer - April 7, 1945. Hannah is on fire.

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Funeral for 7 Officers and 43 Enlisted men due to bomb explosion, January 23, 1945.

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Burial at Sea, October 4, 1945.

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Hancock in War Battle Dress

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Photo taken from #1Deck Elevator looking Aft

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Strike Day

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Strike Day

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Bogie down: splash one

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Halsey Powell Hit taken from USS Essex

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Murder's Row at Ulithi Staging Area

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Another good kill

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April 7, 1945 - Hanger Deck Forward

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Bombs to be loaded on the planes

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Halsey Powell, takes a bomb and engine from a Kamikaze, shot 500 feet overhead.. causing an emergency breakaway and a near collision... passing by inches from the Hancock's bow... a very tense moment in our ship's history.

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Trapping planes on Strike Day

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Burial at Sea

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Belly Tank Fire

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October 1944

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Near miss...

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April  7, 1945 - Assessing Flight Deck damage

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April  7, 1945 - Assessing Forward Hangar deck damage

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March 1945

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Barrier Crash

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Too High, Too Fast!!! This pilot was lucky!

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Ordies Arming Bombs

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March 1945

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After a Strike

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Forward 22mm Guns

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End of Kamikaze


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