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.
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).
Pictures and some Info courtesy of Wikipedia.com