World War II Pictures

New Guinea

This picture comes from Port Moresby, New Guinea. Though credited as having been used in September 1943 for the Dayton Daily News, the caption notes that the picture was originally taken in 1942. It was taken following a Japanese air raid on the airfield, which destroyed one C-47 transport at left, and has apparently set fire to the other C-47 on the right. If one looks closely, they can see where heat has wrinkled the skin of the aircraft, just behind the cargo door. The man running towards the camera is carrying cans to be filled with water to try and extinguish the fire.

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