Fred C. Baker looks out of B-17E #41-2432, The Last Straw, which was in the 63rd and 64th Bomb Squadrons of the 43rd Bomb Group during the early part of WWII. It was transferred to the 69th Troop Carrier Squadron in October 1943 when the 43rd completed its transition from B-17s to B-24s.
The other half of Bismarck's fate (see HMS King George V photo nearby): HMS Rodney's three triple 16in gun turrets, all carried forward of the bridge. Rodney and her sister Nelson were the only 16 in ships to serve in the Royal Navy.
USS Ohio (Battleship # 12) 12/40 guns of the ship's forward gun turret, photographed circa 1907-1908. Note Sailors strolling on deck; bell mounted on the pilothouse face; and 3-pounder guns mounted on the superstructure. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
Major William Wyler (1902-1981) on board the B-17 "Bad Penny" of the 8th Air Force’s 91st Bomb Group. It was from such a vantage point and perspective that part of his famous documentary “The Memphis Belle” was filmed. Note the second camera mounted behind the top machine gun turret.
Picture of dramatic sinking of USS ARIZONA, with the loss of 1,177 lives, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, the event that brought about U.S. involvement in World War II. The picture is taken looking from the side of the USS Arizona. To the left you can Number Two 14″/45 triple gun turret pointing forward. The supporting structure for the gun director tripod has collapsed and the tripod is tilting forward towards the front of the ship giving the wreck its…