Operation Detachment kicks off – 75 years ago today

Iwo Jima 19 Feb 1945 with landing craft headed for the beach

Iwo Jima 19 Feb 1945 with landing craft headed for the beach

Iwo Jima covered with bomb craters from incessant attack by carrier based planes. Note smoke rising from burning installations. Photographed by plane from USS Saginaw Bay (CVE 82), D-Day, February 19, 1945 80-G-307196

Iwo Jima covered with bomb craters from incessant attack by carrier based planes. Note smoke rising from burning installations. Photographed by plane from USS Saginaw Bay (CVE 82), D-Day, February 19, 1945 80-G-307196

F4U-1D Corsair with Fighting Squadron VBF-84 taking off from USS Bunker Hill for a close ground air support mission to Iwo Jima, 19 Feb 1945

An F4U-1D Corsair with Fighting Squadron VBF-84 taking off from USS Bunker Hill for a close ground air support mission to Iwo Jima, 19 Feb 1945

4th Marines hit the beach at Iwo Jima, 19 Feb 1945

4th Marines hit the beach at Iwo Jima, 19 Feb 1945

Marine firing a Browning M1917 machine gun, Iwo Jima, Japan, 19 Feb 1945

Marine firing a Browning M1917 machine gun Iwo Jima, Japan, 19 Feb 1945

We’ve been fishing all day

And all we caught was this Kingfisher.  And some netting…

os2u-kingfisher-aircraft-being-recovered-by-battleship-uss-texas-off-iwo-jima-at-1700-on-16-feb-1945-note-netting-of-recovery-sled-hooked-on-pontoons-recovery-hook

OS2U Kingfisher aircraft being recovered by battleship USS Texas, off Iwo Jima, at 1700 on 16 Feb 1945; note netting of recovery sled hooked on pontoon’s recovery hook
Source United States National Archives Identification Code 80-G-309140