Come visit us at The Museum of Military Memorabilia. We have thousands of military artifacts from all branches of the Military. The Museum is located in the Naples Municipal Airport which was originally built by the Army Corps of Engineers to train pilots for the pacific theater in WWII.

What has begun as a Museum Honoring Military Aviation in WWII has evolved into so much more. You can now see historical artifacts dating back to the Revolutionary War and all the way up to the present day Iraq & Afghanistan conflicts.

2012 marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Naples Airport as a WWII Army Air Forces Training Base.

1940s Aircraft Carrier In The Pacific – Rare color footage


1940’s Aircraft Carrier In The Pacific – Rare color footage  .This is 16mm color (not “colorized”) footage that you may not have seen of carrier action in the Pacific.   Not many color shots in the ’40’s – extremely expensive then,with a complicated and exacting processing procedure.

Most of our gun camera film was black and white.  The planes you see are mostly Grumman F6F Hellcats, Grumman TBF Avengers and Curtiss SB2C Helldivers. 

1940s Aircraft Carrier In The Pacific - Rare color footage

The Essex Class Aircraft Carrier

The carriers are the big Essex Class with only one or two shots of the CVE “Jeep” carriers. 

The Essex class was a class of aircraft carriers of the United States Navy that constituted the 20th century’s most numerous class of capital ships. The class consisted of 24 vessels, which came in both “short-hull” and “long-hull” versions. Thirty-two ships were originally ordered

It has been said that there is no place more dangerous than the flight deck of an aircraft carrier and I can attest  to that.

Those multi-color jersey clad white hats deserve tons of credit for their every-day bravery and valor.

(And they did not get hazardous duty pay for that either).


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