On This Day…December 6th.
Although there have been a few images that have been difficult to post on this series, today’s is especially so. Many of the photos have shown crews just before their deaths, people before and after their execution, or before performing a heroic deed. This photo taken on December 6th shows Japanese B5N torpedo bomber crews posing before a Nakajima ‘Kate’ aboard the carrier Kaga. A moment of reflection before a day of infamy.
And on the self same day across the world this was the Home Guard (Dad’s Army) preparing for a German invasion on the South Coast of England using Molotov cocktails.
Curtiss P40c Tomahawk of 31st Pursuit Squadron 41-13468 at La Joya Field #1 Panama, 6th December 1942.
Tiger I Panzers of the ‘Das Reich’ SS Division in Northern Russia, December 6th, ‘43.
December 6th 1944, off Cape Town, South Africa. The Hellcats of 804 fly past HMS Ameera before landing on the flight deck for the first time. The carrier was originally the USS Baffins (CVE-35, after Baffin Bay, South Texas) before being decommissioned and transferred to the British Navy.
On 6th December 1940 strong gales hit Yorkshire, England, and despite being tied to moorings four Lysanders were blown over at Clifton Airfield.
Source: Aeroplane advertisement – December 6th 1940