On This Day… December 11th.
Cannot resist an opportunity to squeeze in a photo of the Enterprise, seen here entering Pearl Harbour on Dec 11th, ‘43, before heading back to the Marshall Islands. This was a few months into what would become a 560 consecutive day mission away from the US mainland for the Big E.
The launch of the USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) on 11th December, 1942. Named after the Battle of Bunker Hill (1775) fought at the siege of Boston during the American Revolutionary War, the Bunker Hill lost 389 men in the Battle of Okinawa after being hit by kamakaze pilots. The invasion of Okinawa cost over 160, 000 dead across both sides, one of the Pacific’s bloodiest conflicts.
Staying with the theme of carriers, this is the USS Wasp (CV-18), sister ship of the Bunker Hill and one of 24 Essex class carriers built in WWII.
Adolf Hiltler addresses the Reichstag and declares war on the United States, December 11th, 1941.
Press roll out of the first Concorde (001) on December 11th, 1967.
A U.S. crewman runs from a crashed CH-21 Shawnee troop helicopter near the village of Ca Mau in the southern tip of South Vietnam, on December 11, 1962. Two helicopters crashed without serious injuries during a government raid on the Viet Cong-infiltrated area. 5, 086 helicopters were destroyed in the vietnam conflict.
One of the last engagements during the withdrawal from the Chosin Reservoir was an ambush at Sudong by the pursuing People’s Volunteer Army, 89th Division, which Task Force Dog of the 3rd Infantry Division repulsed with little difficulty. The trapped UN forces finally reached the Hungnam perimeter (there’s another story…) by 21:00 on 11 December, below…