FIGHT TO THE END

LAST DAY OF WW2

15 August 1945: the day Japan signed surrender documents, and the Paciic campaign officially came to an end. For US Navy and Fleet Air Arm pilots, however, it meant little let-up in the aerial fighting

The first quarter-moon in the western sky gleamed dimly through scattered clouds over the Pacific Ocean, the moonlight sufficient to illuminate the many wakes of the enormous formation of ships below. At 03.00hrs, an observer would have heard the calls to reveille echoing across the still-dark sea throughout the darkened vessels of the US Navy’s Third Fleet.

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