Caught Our Eyes: Crash Landing

While browsing through the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, the perfect timing and composition of this shot caught my eye. Seeing the final moment before the plane completes its flip and collides with the deck, I want to reach out and stop the accident from happening.

Douglas SBD "Dauntless" dive bomber balanced on nose after crash landing on carrier flight deck, June 21, 1943. Photo by U.S. Navy. hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a45218

Douglas SBD “Dauntless” dive bomber balanced on nose after crash landing on carrier flight deck. Photo by U.S. Navy, 1943 June 21. hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a45218

Luckily, the caption on the back of the photo assures the viewer that both the pilot and gunner were not hurt in the resulting crash.

The Douglas A-24 (Dauntless) light dive bomber. Photo by Office of War Information, 1942 or 1943. hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8b09815

The Douglas A-24 (Dauntless) light dive bomber. Photo by Office of War Information, 1942 or 1943. hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8b09815

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