A B25 bomber attacks Japanese warships including No.13 class submarine chaser HIJMS CH-39 off Three Island Harbor, New Hanover during World War II. [1124 x 1470]


But can you picture what the 3" would do compared to that airplane if it were able to hit it? Geez. It will be confetti. There is definitely a symmetry here. Also note how the puff that is only the air is right ...



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  • But can you imagine what the 3" would do to that plane if it managed to hit it? Geez. It would be confetti.
  • There's certainly a symmetry there. Also note how the only puff in the air is right on it.
  • Exactly; I am wondering if they got one of the B-25's ; wish we had more information The ship in the background got bombed to hell by something and the B-25 in the foreground and the far background seem ill placed for the timing of the explosive effect. My best guess would be a B-25 dropped on it then got hit with one of those 3" shells or maybe a lucky strike by the 13MM AA guns.
  • Note that the explosion on the farther ship seems the right timing for the location of the 25 getting hit. The foreground 25 seems too far to have caused it unless it's a secondary.
  • Looks like someone partially colorized the photo too
  • Shark mouth. hehe.
  • Imagine being that poor bastard trying to hit the B-25 with a 3" gun while 500 lb bombs rain down around you, oh and your totally exposed on all sides to the 50 caliber machine gun fire I would guess is coming down from those bombers.
  • Pucker factor.
  • Looks like they removed the bomb...
  • The colorized photo almost looks like it was taken a few seconds later, maybe the splash on the ships port side is that bomb
  • It is! You're right. Look at the location of the plane relative to the sub chaser. In the b&w photo you can draw a straight line up from the boat to one of its wings, and in the colorized photo, the plane is way over to the left more.
  • You can also see a string of small splashes trailing from the Starbord side of the ship outward, my guess would be that is fire from one of the gunners on the B-25 shooting at the ship as they fly over. It also appears that the B-25 still has at least one bomb slung outboard.
  • Fairly certain that is only a smoke cloud left behind by a flak cannon. It looks like the bombers have already done their work on that ship anyways.
  • Something else I noticed above the left engine of the bomber in the foreground, are those tracers or is that just some whisps of smoke? Regardless that must have been intense as hell, flying that low, under fire, with no electronics, no terrain following crap, no fly by wire, no nothing we see on modern aircraft.
  • That's what I was thinking. Nowadays it's all guided missiles and laser guided bombs.
  • That seas looks to calm and pleasant. A beautiful day for a war. And the bomber is maybe 75 feet in the air. No fear of AA guns. You don't need to put that HIJMS prefix in front of Japanese ship names. The Japanese didn't use them the way the Americans and British did.
  • but my understanding is that Americans use a prefix, regardless of its Japanese usage?
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