National Geographic : 1942 Jun
Official Photograph U. S.Navy United States Warships and Bombers Wreak Havoc on a Japanese Base in the Marshall Islands This remarkable photograph, made from a Navy scouting plane, shows the opening phase of the Pacific Fleet bombardment ofWotje, one of eight Japanese bases in the Marshall and Gilbert Islands blasted on February 1, 1942. Bombers from an airplane carrier have set an ammunition dump (seen directly over tail ofplane) and two fuel dumps aflame. Two enemy ships have been bombed; one is listing, the other heading for the beach. The airbase installation, storehouses, workshops, barracks, and military compound (center) were wrecked later by aerial bombs and main battery guns from a heavy cruiser. Shore batteries also were smashed.