Tom Godwin
A hit on the beak
Sat Aug 3, 2019 10:13

After seeing this picture taken at 0654 of an explosion at the Birdís Beak, I was wondering if this was just the aftermath of a 16 inch shell? Always read about an ammo bunker being hit but never saw anything that said where. The day in the date appears to be 19th. I think this is D-Day about 1.5 hours before crossing LOD.

    • Re: A hit on the beakGeorge E Proulx, Sat Aug 3 12:09
      I always thought that this was taken during the pre-invasion naval air strikes. We know of course that the naval gunnery bombardment did not begin until the morning of the landing. Except for the... more
      • Re: hit on the beakTom Godwin, Sat Aug 3 23:31
        George, did you mean the strike aircraft from the fast carriers that were suppose to initiate the action with a half-hour bombing raid at 0545 but did not really come on the scene until 0610 on D-Day ... more
        • Re: hit on the beakGeorge E Proulx, Sun Aug 4 16:03
          No there were daily carrier strikes before the invasion.
      • Re: A hit on the beakTom Godwin, Sat Aug 3 15:28
        Thanks, George. I thought about that too. There is a fighter, maybe a hellcat at about 1 o'clock , perhaps an escort? Other pics from the earlier air strike I've seen are at high altitude. Also, no... more
        • Re: A hit on the beaknigel_moore, Wed Aug 7 12:06
          Thank you for sharing all of these photographs. Surely though the caption on this one is very clear? At both top left and at bottom left it is marked D-2 (D-Day minus two, so this is a pre-invasion... more
          • re: hit on the beakTom Godwin, Wed Aug 7 12:51
            Surely you are right, Nigel, as was George and likely everyone except me. Too easy! I was not familiar with the pre-invasion strikes just before D-Day. Also, there is a photo with D-2 with the '2'... more
            • Re: A hit on the beaknigel_moore, Thu Aug 8 01:08
              My apologies, Tom. I see where you were starting from now. Welcome to the Tarawa explorer's club. :-) All the best.
              • Re: a hit on the beakTom Godwin, Thu Aug 8 11:33
                None required, Nigel. There is still plenty to learn and find out there for me. Thanks again for the assist!
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