Navy Rocket-Firing Hellcats Wreck Nazi Train

Navy Rocket-Firing Hellcats Wreck Nazi Train

Photograph

Navy Rocket-Firing Hellcats Wreck Nazi Train

July 1944
Gelatin silver print
19.4 x 24.1 cm.
Gift of Joanna T. Steichen, ex-collection Edward Steichen
1974.0025.0478
Inscriptions verso-(printed caption) "File No: 46497" "Released: September 9, 1944"
"Navy Rocket-Firing Hellcats Wreck Nazi Train - Flame bursts from the
locomotive of this Nazi train following an attack west of Carcassone,
France, by a U.S. Navy rocket firing Hellcat (F6F). The pilot, Ensign
John a (sic) Mooney, USNR, of Rochester, N.Y. swooped back to take
this picture following his strike. Other fliers in the Navy strike
group attacked immediately afterwards and left the entire train in
flaming ruins. The Hellcat fighter group was under the command..."
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