U.S. Task Force attacks Japanese positions on Island of Wotje in Gilbert and Marshall Islands during World War II.
Pacific Theater Date:1942, February 1 Duration:2 min 40 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Attack on Wotje Island, February 1, 1942. Crew members move F4F-3 Wildcat's and Douglas Dauntless SBD aircraft across crowded flight deck of the U.S. aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CV-6) during raid against Japanese positions in the Gilbert and Marshall Islands, by Task Force 8, of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, commanded by Vice Admiral William Frederick Halsey, Jr, during World War 2. Oversize U.S. stars are evident on the aircraft, at this early stage of the war (1942). Crewmen roll bombs, on dollies, across the deck. F4F Hellcat aircraft sit with engines running as some Douglas Dauntless aircraft commence take off. The destroyer USS Gridley, DD-380 passes abeam the Enterprise at time 00:37. A Curtiss SOC Seagull airplane catapults from the heavy cruiser USS Northampton, CA-26. Several U.S. aircraft seen in flight. View from stern of a U.S. heavy Cruiser as a destroyer crosses her wake, behind. The heavy cruiser USS Northampton, CA-26 and the heavy cruiser USS Salt Lake City, CA-25, in background (time 1:09 to 1:11) bombard Wotje island. Black smoke billows from a ship burning close to shore. Brief glimpse of the heavy cruiser USS Northampton, CA-26's triple battery of 8-inch guns. The heavy cruiser USS Salt Lake City, CA-25 fires a broad side. Scene from the stern of heavy cruiser with fires burning on Wotje Island in background. Formation of Japanese aircraft attacking U.S. ships are fired upon by antiaircraft guns. Black flak bursts seen in the sky. Vice Admiral Halsey consulting with other officers aboard his flagship, USS Enterprise.
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