On This Day…April 1st.
The battleship USS Idaho (BB-42) shelling Okinawa on April 1st, 1945.
Seafire III landing aboard an unidentified carrier on April 1st, part of Operation Iceberg at Okinawa. Interestingly for modelers, the lighter tone of the aerilon and wingtip on the left wing is not a specific marking but a function of fitting spares on board a carrier in theatre. Mechanics report many such miss-matched panels due to lack of time to paint in fleet standards.
The USS Nashville (CL-43) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, On 1st April, 1942.
Hawker Henley crashed on Maer Beach, Cornwall, England on April 1st, 1940.
Men of D Company, 2nd Sherwood Foresters, UK 1st Division in a forward trench near Roches, France, 1 Apr 1940; Lance Corporal L. J. Harris seen shaving...
Lovely colour photo of submarine Swordfish (SS-193) on the ways at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on the day of her launching, 1st of April, 1939.
Marines of the 6th Marine Division hitch a ride on a Sherman’s after beaching at Okinawa.