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NORTH FIELD, Tinian—Two Chinook CH-47 helicopters landed a little past 2pm on the Tinian North Field and more than 40 Japanese troops rapidly got off from the Boeing Rotorcraft Systems-manufactured aircraft. The drill is part of the United States-Japan joint bilateral field training exercises held yesterday at the island’s former airfield that played a key role during World War II. The joint military exercise is called Keen Sword where approximately 40,000 U.S. and Japanese personnel were…

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26 Jun 1945 - USS Indianapolis reached the island of Tinian in the South Pacific. Their mission was to unload the world’s first atomic bomb, “Little Boy,” dropped 10 days later on the city of Hiroshima. Having completed their mission the Indianapolis headed to a rendezvous with the USS Idaho. Then at 12:15 a.m. on July 30 they were struck by two torpedoes, the second which hit fuel tanks and the ammunition magazine. The ship sunk in 12 minutes.

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WORLD WAR II. The Pacific Campaign. Marshall Islands. 22 February 1944. Tinian Island (occupied by the Japanese). US Navy Avenger fighter bombers.

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Guam. My father still has the lease of the plot of land my grandfather brought in Guam. Retirement there might be nice.

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Private John W. Ozbourn, US Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient Battle of Tinian, Mariana Islands, World War II July 30, 1944. Namesake of USS Ozbourn (DD-846).

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Jul 24, 1944 - B-29-BA 42-63504 named FLAG SHIP became the first Superfortress to land on the Marianas island of Tinian. Tinian would soon become the largest airfield in the world.

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View of the atomic bomb, codenamed 'Little Boy,' as it is hoisted into the bomb bay of the B-29 Superfortress 'Enola Gay' on the North Field of Tinian airbase, North Marianas Islands, early August, 1945. The bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6. (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

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#"Little Boy on trailer cradle in pit on Tinian island before being loaded into Enola Gay's bomb bay" 1945 [2354 2618] #history #retro #vintage #dh #HistoryPorn http://ift.tt/2eSWxyz