On This Day…October 16th
Photo of the US Navy collier ‘USS Jupiter’ taken on 16 Oct 1913. After an extensive rework in 1922 the USS Jupiter become the USS Langley (CV1) – the United States’ first aircraft carrier. The first aircraft carrier designed as such was not laid down until two years later.
This next photo taken on October 16th is one I’ve debated long and hard with myself over posting. This is the corpse of Wilheim Keitel, Hitler’s notorious ‘yes man’ and the person responsible for signing off on several murderous decrees. The photo was taken by the US Army shortly after his execution on this day. After he was denied a request to be shot by firing squad and his resulting death by hanging took a full 24 minutes. He can be seen in rather more rude health standing beside Hitler in one of yesterday’s ‘On This Day’ photos.