USS Hancock CV-19

Earl P. Ayres, HM3, USN

Extended WWII Picture Gallery

The Fighting Hannah

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Click Me to see how I look todayShipmates, welcome to the Earl P. Ayres Extended WWII PhotoGallery. This Gallery honors our Shipmate and WWII Hancock Veteran, Earl P. Ayres who will be acting as the Website WWII Site Administrator. The Hancock Memorial is happy to offer this Gallery of the Fighting Hannah's WWII experience, and hope that you all will visit here in solemnity as the Imagery here reminds us the terrible time that this ship went through.

The Yeoman believes that this Gallery is one of the most comprehensive Image Galleries on our ship, during this dangerous, poignant and dramatic time in our ship and nation's history. Nothing quite brings home past realities than pictures.

Earl has provided for us, through this collection, a time in our history, that our WWII Hancock Veterans shall long remember. I, along our XO, Dennis Milliken, wish to thank Earl for his contribution, and to you our visitor, we ask, Pass the word! Click our pictures for a 'Now' view of us.

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Fighter on the Flight Deck, ready for launch

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USS Franklin, badly damaged after Japanese attack.

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Saving the Franklin

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USS Hancock October 25, 1944

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Franklin after fires are put out

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Removing dead and wounded - January 21, 1945

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Getting Planes ready for strike

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Photo taken from a Destroyer - April 7, 1945. Hannah is on fire.

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Awaiting
your picture

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Funeral for 7 Officers and 43 Enlisted men due to bomb explosion, January 23, 1945.

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Burial at Sea, October 4, 1945.

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Hancock in War Battle Dress

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Photo taken from #1Deck Elevator looking Aft

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Strike Day

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Strike Day

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Bogie down: splash one

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Halsey Powell Hit taken from USS Essex

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Murder's Row at Ulithi Staging Area

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Another good kill

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April 7, 1945 - Hanger Deck Forward

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Bombs to be loaded on the planes

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Halsey Powell, takes a bomb and engine from a Kamikaze, shot 500 feet overhead.. causing an emergency breakaway and a near collision... passing by inches from the Hancock's bow... a very tense moment in our ship's history.

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Trapping planes on Strike Day

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Awaiting
your picture

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Burial at Sea

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Belly Tank Fire

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October 1944

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Near miss...

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April  7, 1945 - Assessing Flight Deck damage

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April  7, 1945 - Assessing Forward Hangar deck damage

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March 1945

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Barrier Crash

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Too High, Too Fast!!! This pilot was lucky!

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Ordies Arming Bombs

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March 1945

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After a Strike

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Forward 22mm Guns

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End of Kamikaze

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Awaiting
your picture

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Awaiting
your picture

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