U.S. Marine Corps photo by Historical Photo/Released 441231-M-0000U-001.jpg
Dec 31, 1944
Vought F4U-1s of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323 fly a mission in the Pacific in 1945. Prior to World War II, amphibious operations were reliant upon battleships for naval gunfire support. Though the battleship continued to play a role, the versatility of aircraft would contribute to the battleship being phased out of service by the early 21st century.
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