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American Navy Photo Recon Pictures of Yap Island—1944

The following pictures taken by the American Navy during Yap Island raids in 1944 were located at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) by researcher Mark Swank. The pictures show Colonia, Yap and detailed shots of the Japanese airfield. In some of the pictures you can see bombs exploding as the picture are being taken. No images should be copied or reproduced without permission.

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Mark Swank lives in the Washington, D.C. area and is currently employed with Northrop Grumman IT as a Senior IT Database Consultant at the Defense Intelligence Agency. He currently supports both the MissingAirCrew ( and BentProp ( Projects to research, locate and repatriate MIAs from World War II through his research at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

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