Item #17449 WWII Scrapbook Archive of 70 Documents and Ephemera from the Aircraft Carrier USS WASP And An Additional WWII Scrapbook Made From Wartime Articles from Time, Life, and Parade Magazine. WWII Aircraft Carrier Archive.
WWII Scrapbook Archive of 70 Documents and Ephemera from the Aircraft Carrier USS WASP And An Additional WWII Scrapbook Made From Wartime Articles from Time, Life, and Parade Magazine
WWII Scrapbook Archive of 70 Documents and Ephemera from the Aircraft Carrier USS WASP And An Additional WWII Scrapbook Made From Wartime Articles from Time, Life, and Parade Magazine
WWII Scrapbook Archive of 70 Documents and Ephemera from the Aircraft Carrier USS WASP And An Additional WWII Scrapbook Made From Wartime Articles from Time, Life, and Parade Magazine
WWII Scrapbook Archive of 70 Documents and Ephemera from the Aircraft Carrier USS WASP And An Additional WWII Scrapbook Made From Wartime Articles from Time, Life, and Parade Magazine

WWII Scrapbook Archive of 70 Documents and Ephemera from the Aircraft Carrier USS WASP And An Additional WWII Scrapbook Made From Wartime Articles from Time, Life, and Parade Magazine

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This WWII archive consists of a large USS WASP scrapbook of about 70 original documents and 22 original photos, as well as a WWII Scrapbook consisting of more than one hundred pages of clippings from newspapers such as Time, Life, and many others

The USS WASP scrapbook measures 14" x 8.25" inches. The scrapbook begins with 2nd Lt. Ayers' appointment to the USS WASP CV-18, an aircraft carrier that was very active in the Pacific Theater in the last two years of World War II. Also includes 22 Silver gelatin photos, black and white, the loose photos are predominately 10" x 8.5", a few are smaller. The USS WASP laid claim to destroying 114 ships, 224 Japanese planes, and attacking a number of islands. Inside the scrapbook is a commendation from December 1944 to 2nd Lt. Ayers from his Commanding Officer, for his "exceptional courage and tenacity of purpose...in the face of falling bombs and strafing." At times, the WASP was under almost continuous attack by shore-based aircraft, and experienced several close kamikaze attacks.

The scapbook has an archive of about 70 individual military documents inside include: Plans-Of-The-Day, maps, rosters, and official mimeograph and typed memos with handwritten signatures. Several issues of the Waspirit, the ship's on board mimeograph paper and editions of the Daily Press, bringing news from the fronts to the WASP's sailors in the middle of the South Pacific. Also included is an 11 page mimeographed document on the capacity of the Japanese Air Force, with nicknames given to the enemy aircraft. The pamphlet proclaims: "The Jap's had based their hopes for a quick victory on surprise, American commitments in the Atlantic theater, and and astonishingly good airforce... However, time proved that several of these advantages had been achieved at a cost, namely inferior fire power, absence of armor and leak-proof gas tanks." Eventually the WASP was hit by a 500-pound armor-piercing bomb. The bomb penetrated the flight deck and the armor-plated hangar deck, and exploded in the crew's galley, killing around 102 crewmen. Inside is a booklet from the Mass service dedicated to the crewmembers lost in the attack. A number of other ephemera included: newspaper clippings, cards, coupons, tickets, etc. The 22 Photos are primarily larger group shots of the soldiers, though there are also ones of just officers and a couple of just 2nd Lieutenant Ayers alone. Also comes with an invitation to the graduation ceremony for Ayers' class, the Sixteenth Aviation Specialists. This scrapbook is a highly detailed record from a commissioned officer on one of the most important vessels in the Pacific Theatre of WWII.

The WASP was the 9th Navy ship to bear the name, after the USS WASP CV-7 was sunk by Japanese torpedoes outside of Guadalcanal in 1942. The WASP CV-18 was engaged in the following pivotal operations in the Pacific: Marianas, Western Caroline Islands, the liberation of the Philippine Islands, and Iwo Jima. It had regular skirmishes with Japanese air forces, and one photo depicts the crew on deck in front a mural tallying "Aircraft Shot Down", "Ships Sunk", and "Islands Attacked." By 1945, The USS WASP would return to the US for repairs, before heading back to the South Pacific where it would have limited engagements with the Japanese before the end of the war. Some items loose within scrapbook but overall in very good condition.

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The archive also features a large WWII Scrapbook consisting of more than one hundred pages of clippings from newspapers such as Time, Life, and many others, includes a section on aviation. Approximately 16" x 13" inches. Scrapbook is disbound but has covers with a cartoonish design. WWII-era clippings for the most part. Includes the front covers of 18 editions of Time Magazine from the end of 1945 to 1947. Many advertisements within, from firms related to wartime production: Lockheed, General Motors, Texaco, and more. Key sections within the scrapbook include articles on the aircraft used in the war. There is a section on transport planes, such as the DC-3 and DC-4, as well as bombers and fighters, including the Martin Mariner, the Boeing Flying Fortress, Northrop Black Widow, The Grumman Hellcat, Curtiss Warhawk, Lockheed Lightning, and more. All of these articles have large, gleaming color photos of the planes. The articles also include interior shots of several of the planes, including the stalwart Boeing Flying Fortress. There is also an article on "The Eight Nazi Saboteurs", men discovered with explosives after disembarking from Nazi submarines on the Atlantic Coast. There is another that displays the most important insignia in the Army as well as official dress code for officers. The cover photo for the article on military uniforms shows President Roosevelt standing atop the deck of the Navy cruiser Tuscaloosa. While Roosevelt's paralysis from polio was not exactly a secret, the White House Press Secretaries put lots of pressure on media to not publish images of the President in a wheelchair. This photo shows him upright and bracingly looking out at the horizon from the ship's deck. A 1945 article announces "the beginning of the second epoch in history" after the first atomic bomb is tested in Los Alamos, NM in July 1945. The cover photo "preserved an infinitesimal fraction of the explosion's appalling light. It shows the great luminous cloud which zoomed in to the stratosphere after the first brilliant flash." Another article with vivid imagery is a titled "Fighting Lady", and has photographs captured of Japanese planes nosediving in a ball of flames after being hit with American artillery in the Pacific Ocean. Finally, a 1945 article from Washington D.C.'s The Sunday Star depicts the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima, a symbol of heroism that has become associated with the ultimate triumph of the Allies. This scrapbook is a remarkable collection of media during and immediately after WWII that gives an informative and visually impressive view of that time period. Some pages within have some edgewear issues and the scrapbook is loose and disbound. However, the images and text within are clean, legible, and high quality. Overall in very good condition.

Item #17449

Price: $2,500.00

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