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Aerial Reconnaissance Photo, April, 1945Download nowEnlargeShow similar images

Title: Aerial Reconnaissance Photo, April, 1945

Description: An aerial reconnaissance photo of the Japanese airfield at le Shima, a small island at the western peninsula of Okinawa, invaded by the U.S. 77th Infantry Division on April 16, 1945; the marks across the taxi airways show where the Japanese had dug ditches and blasted holes across them to make them unserviceable; le Shima was secured on April 21, 1945 and its airfields were quickly repaired and used for U.S. planes in their continued bombings of mainland Japan; U.S. occupiers found women armed with spears and suicide bombers that had never taken to the air, having been disabled by U.S. bombing of the le Shima airfields; on April 18, 1945, while mopping up operations were being conducted by U.S. troops, famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle (Ernest Taylor Pyle; AKA: Ernie; 1900-1945) was shot in the left temple and killed by bullets fired from a Japanese machine gun nest on April 18, 1945; Pyle won the Pulitzer Prize in 1944 for his war reporting in the European Theater;

Date: April 15, 1945

Category: World War II

Keywords: aerial photos, airfields, aviation, Battle of Okinawa, March-June 1945, intelligence, Operation Iceberg, Rain of Steel, reconnaissance, Ryukyu Islands, Second World War, Typhoon of Steel, U.S. Army Air Force, World War II, WWII

Orientation: Landscape

Dimensions: 1710 x 1161 (1.99 MPixels) (1.47)

Print Size: 14.5 x 9.8 cm; 5.7 x 3.9 inches

File Size: 5.69 MB (5,965,444 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000010396

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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