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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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J.D. Estes: 1942

J.D. Estes: 1942

J.D. Estes at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. August 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem.

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Under wings. Not only bombs, Torpedos too.

But Why A Bomb?

It looks to me like the aircraft in the background is a PBY Catalina or a variant thereof. I did'nt think these planes were used for bombing, unless one tossed the bombs out through the gun blisters!? Those are, however, some really fine lookin' bombs.

No Freudian interpretations, please.

Sometimes a bomb is just a bomb.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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