On This Day…December 3rd.
This is a British Matilda that was captured by the German forces (note the Balkencreuz) and subsequently recaptured by New Zealand troops (3 December 1941) during the battle to open the corridor to Tobruk in Operation ‘Crusader’.
Staying in Africa, this Spitfire Mk IVc of 242 squardron RAF was shot down in Tunisia, near Tebourba, Dec 3rd, 1942.
An American Military Police officer holds two Nazi pilots as prisoners. These pilots were shot down by ground forces during a straffing mission over Eschweiler, Germany on 3rd Dec. ‘44.
US. Marines rest on the road during their continued attempts to withdraw from the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Nov. Dec. 3, 1950.
Following yesterday’s photo of Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown landing his de Havilland ‘Sea’ Vampire, trials continued on landing jet aircraft on carriers. This is a stunning photo of Winkle’s Vampire flying over the HMS Ocean, Dec 3, ‘45.
US Marine Corps M26 Pershing approaches a North Korean SU-76 self-propelled gun, Korea, 3 Dec 1950.