From: Cincinnati, OH
After the Surrender Ceremony on Mighty Mo, the US did a massive fly over. I've heard estimates in the 2000 range, but most of what I've read say approx. 1200 aircraft. Could the unidentified carrier be the USS Bennington (CV-20)? The lead planes in the formation were from the Bennington.
I remember seeing this picture when winning as the Allies in the late-90s computer version of Axis & Allies. Never saw the bottom of it, though - is that the Mo in the foreground? Has all those little boats around it...
Here is the caption that was with the pic:
Photo #: 80-G-421130
Surrender of Japan, 2 September 1945
Navy carrier planes fly in formation over the U.S. and British fleets in Tokyo Bay during surrender ceremonies.
USS Missouri (BB-63), where the ceremonies took place, is at left. USS Detroit (CL-8) is in the right distance.
Aircraft include TBM, F6F, SB2C and F4U types.
As a side note, there were over 270 allied ships in Tokyo Bay at the time of the signing.
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