USS Bunker Hill shakedown cruise in World War II. F4U noses over while landing. SB2C Helldiver ditched next to the carrier
Pacific Theater Date:1943, July Duration:49 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Mishaps during the shakedown cruise of the USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) in World War 2. A U.S. Navy F4U Corsair of VF-17, noses over but settles upright, while landing on the carrier. View from port stern of the Bunker Hill as she passes an SB2C Helldiver dive bomber from VB-17, in the water. The pilot and gunner climb over the sinking airplane to board their emergency life raft, already inflated next to the airplane. As the crew of the Bunker Hill watches, the air crewmen board their life raft, as the dive bomber sinks.
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