SS Sydney laid down in San Francisco at the Western Pipe & Steel Co as a C3 class as a cargo ship to be named Croatan and just like her sister SS Roma they were both completed as an Auxiliary Aircraft Carriers. She was launched named HMS Fencer on April 9, 1942 and she was officially commissioned by the Royal navy on February 27, 1943.
Both Atheling and Fencer were purchased by Lauro Lines to be rebuilt as modern passenger liners. Unlike other C3 ships, both Sydney (Fencer) and Roma (Atheling) were rebuilt as classy looking two class liners.
Entered the Italy - Australian service in 1951 and managed to set a whole new standard in migrant transportation, as they offered superior surroundings.
United States Army Air Force Douglas C-47-DL Skytrain
United States Army Air Force Douglas C-47-DL Skytrain 41-18608 (MSN 4769) to USAAF 25 October 1942, bailed to the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment (A&AEE), Boscombe Down, Wiltshire late 1942. To Oran, Algeria on 22 January 1943. Allotted to the 43rd Troop Carrier Squadron, 315th Troop Carrier Group, Ninth Air Force, at RAF Spanhoe (Station 493). - 8th AF, UK 14 May 1943. In a landing accident at the USAAF depot RAF Burtonwood, UK (Station 590) 16 April 1943 and condemned by 31 October 1944. Photograph date late 1942, whilst at the A&AEE. Date: 1942
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Soviet Katyusha rocket launchers, 1943
Soviet Katyusha rocket launchers, being reloaded by Red Army soldiers in September 1943, during World War II. At this stage in the war, the USSR was fighting German forces and slowly winning the struggle to repel the German invasion. Katyushas were a type of multiple rocket launcher developed by the USSR before and during World War II. Compared to normal artillery, these launchers were more mobile, and though less accurate could still saturate an area with explosives and then redeploy elsewhere.
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