Navy and Naval Battles

Photos of Navy and Naval Battles, PT boats, Sub periscopes, Depth Charges, Torpedos and Bunker Hill

We have gathered a collection of some of the best and most moving photos taken during the Second World War. They are from the National Archives in Washington D.C.
Please browse at your leisure. Meditate on the sacrifice given by these men and women in wartime.

This page is dedicated to those who fought in Navy and Naval Battles

"A PT marksman provides a striking camera study as he draws a bead with his 50 caliber machine gun on his boat off New Guinea." July 1943. "Officer at periscope in control room of submarine." Ca. 1942.
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"PT's patrolling off coast of New Guinea." 1943. "USS PENNSYLVANIA and battleship of COLORADO class followed by three cruisers move in line into Lingayen Gulf preceding the landing on Luzon." Philippines, January 1945.
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"Coast Guardsmen on the deck of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spencer watch the explosion of a depth charge which blasted a Nazi U-boat's hope of breaking into the center of a large convoy." Sinking of U-175. WO Jack January, April 17, 1943. Torpedoed Japanese destroyer photographed through periscope of U.S.S. Wahoo or U.S.S. Nautilus, June 1942.
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Sixteen-inch guns of the U.S.S Iowa firing during battle drill in the Pacific, ca. 1944. "Jap torpedo bomber explodes in air after direct hit by 5 inch shell from U.S. aircraft carrier as it attempted an unsuccessful attack on carrier, off Kwajalein." U.S.S. Yorktown. CPhoM. Alfred N. Cooperman, December 4, 1943.
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"Japanese plane shot down as it attempted to attack USS KITKUN BAY." Near Mariana Islands, June 1944. "USS BUNKER HILL burning after Jap suicide attack." Near Okinawa, May 11, 1945.
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"USS BUNKER HILL hit by two Kamikazes in 30 seconds on 11 May 1945 off Kyushu. Dead-372. Wounded-264."  
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