Grumman F7F Tigercat fighter plane parked on a roadway


Photograph. Grumman F7F Tigercat fighter plane, its wings folded up, parked at an air base. Official Caption: "Rome, 7/4/45--New U.S. Warplane--This is the new Grumman Tigercat, powerful fighter-bomber for the U.S. Navy. Its two 2100 horsepower engines make it the Navy's fastest climbing plane and give it a speed in the 4254-miles-an-hour (670 KM) class. It climbs a mile (1.6 KM) per minute, carrying either two tons of bombs or a full-sized marine torpedo as well as rockets. The Tigercat's wings fold for use aboard aircraft carriers.--Marine Corps photo through Rome OWI--Approved by appropriate military authority (A list out) 6996." Location unknown. 4 July 1945

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Items from the service of Isaac "Ike" Bethel Utley, who was born in Smith Mills, Kentucky on 3 March 1920. Ike enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 19 January 1942. He was shipped overseas to the European Theatre and worked with a supply division based out of the city of Naples with an office set up in a residential villa. Utley worked with the Office of War Information and used their photographs in news articles to inform soldiers of the progress of the war. At war's end, Utley returned stateside. A trunk full of over 800 photographs from the O.W.I. arrived on his doorstep from his office in Italy, sender unknown. This collection consists of those photographs.
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