Support: stretched canvas
Copyright Date: 2000
Tarawa” earned its reputation as the U.S. Marines suffered
one of the most devastating battles of the Pacific war. On
30 November 1943, these Grumman F6F-3 Hellcats from Air Group
16, Task Force 50 Carrier Force skirt Betio Island, part of
the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilberts during Operation Galvanic.
Naval bombardment forces had opened fire on the atoll intending
to flatten defensive positions so that ground troops could
take the island. The tragic lesson learned was that the bombardment
(naval AND aerial) was not enough, in itself.