Mass funeral aboard the USS Hancock (CV-19) in the Pacific Ocean. Bodies committed to ocean in Mass Funeral Ceremony. Multiple crews of six men each carry dead sailors, wrap each in the U.S. flag, place them on a board and tip them into the ocean. Marines fire rifle salute. View of sheet covered bodies on lower deck awaiting burial at sea. The 50 men were killed in a January 21, 1945 accident when a TBF Avenger returned from a sortie in the area of Formosa (Taiwan). It landed on the deck and taxied near the island, and then exploded killing 50 men and injuring 75.
U.S. Army Air Forces XX Bomber Command Operations during World War 2. A Boeing B-29-10-BW Superfortress, number 42-6347, named "King Size," of the 462nd Bombardment Group, 769th Bombardment Squadron. It is seen here, at their forward operating base on Kiunglai Airfield, China. Tents are seen near the flight line. Numerous bombs are lined up on the ground ready to be loaded aboard the bomber. A B-29 taking off at nightfall. A formation of B-29s in flight. Bombs being dropped over Japanese installations at Hatto, Formosa (aka Taiwan). View of B-29 landing after the mission. (Note. Formosa was a Japanese colonial territory from 1895 to 1945.)
Planes from USS Essex (CV-9) strike Eiko airstrip, Taiwan during World War II. U.S. Navy TBF Avenger torpedo bombers in flight over Eiko airstrip in Taiwan. TBFs in flight over water. U.S. carriers underway at sea. Airman opens canopy of TBF parked on flight deck of carrier.
Planes from USS Essex (CV-9) strike Eiko airstrip, Taiwan during World War II. Aerial views of mountain range in Taiwan. U.S. Navy TBF Avenger torpedo bombers in flight over mountains. Bombs burst on grounded planes at Eiko airstrip. Smoke billows up due to explosions.
Planes from USS Essex (CV-9) strike Eiko Airstrip, Taiwan during World War II. Aerial views of towns and inhabited areas in Taiwan. U.S. Navy TBF Avenger bombers in flight over Eiko Airstrip. Interior views of TBF Avenger showing gunner adjusting oxygen mask and firing gun.
Planes from USS Essex (CV-9) strike Eiko airstrip, Taiwan during World War II. Aerial view of Eiko airstrip, bombs burst on it. U.S. Navy TBF Avenger torpedo bomber in flight. Aerial view of formation of clouds over mountains. Two TBFs and two escorting U.S. Navy F6F Hellcat fighters in flight.