“Dozens of F4U Corsair and F6F Hellcat fighter planes fly in formation over the USS Missouri, while the surrender ceremonies to end World War II take place aboard the U.S. Navy battleship, on September 2, 1945.”


American crewmen of the 490th Armament Section, 386th Air Service Group, VII Fighter Command, United States Army Air Services, remove ammunition from Browning .50 caliber machine guns on a Northrop P-61 Black Widow following the Allied success at the Battle of Iwo Jima. Pictured are (from left to right): Sgt. John Harvatick of Whiting, Indiana, Sgt. Allen A. Ross of Chicago, Illinois and Sgt. Lawrence Schanek of Merleville, New Jersey. T/Sgt. Warren A. Burr of Chicago, Illinois (far right) stands on the wing of a Chance Vought F4U Corsair fighter aircraft holding an ammunition belt. Iwo Jima, Bonin Islands, Japan. 17 April 1945.