The Japanese freighter Amagisan Maru is hit by a torpedo dropped by pilot Lt. Paul Eugene Dickson from a TBF Avenger torpedo bomber during Operation Hailstone, a massive naval air and surface attack launched by the US Navy against the Japanese naval base in the Caroline Islands. February 17, 1944. Photo by W. Eugene Smith. [x]
John Thomas "Tommy" Blackburn (1913 — March 21, 1994) was a World War II flying ace, and first commanding officer of the famed F4U Corsair squadron VF-17 Jolly Rogers aboard the USS Midway (CV-41). Credited with 11 aerial victories.
Beaufighter A19-77 WAGGA WAGGA, NSW, 1942-12-09. THREE BEAUFIGHTER AIRCRAFT OF NO. 5 OPERATIONAL TRAINING UNIT FLYING IN FORMATION OVER THE COUNTRYSIDE. THEY ARE LED BY SQUADRON LEADER BRUCE FREDERICK ROSE DFC AND THE OTHER PILOTS ARE FLIGHT LIEUTENANT R.L. GORDON; AND 407223 FLIGHT SERGEANT A.F. CATT.