WWII in the Pacific USS Enterprise Explosion.jpg
August 24, 1942 - A third Japanese bomb hits the flight deck of the USS Enterprise. Photographer Robert Frederick Read, PhoM3/c, lost his life in taking this photograph.
CORRECTION (thanks Brian Doyle) from the National World War II Museum (http://www.nww2m.com/2012/08/naval-battle-of-the-eastern-solomons/):
For many years, the image was credited to Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Robert Read, a still photographer attached to the Enterprise’s Fighting Squadron Six. Read was killed in action on the Enterprise during the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, and it was widely believed that he captured an image of the explosion that killed him.
Unfortunately, Robert Read did not take the photograph that made him famous. In fact, Read was already dead when that photo was captured. Read’s action station was in the aft anti-aircraft gallery on the Enterprise’s starboard side. He was killed instantly when the second bomb set off the 5” ready locker.
Less than one minute after Robert Read was killed, Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Marion Riley captured the image that made Read famous. Riley had set up a motion picture camera on the aft end of the ship’s island and, from his higher vantage point, captured two of the three bombs that struck the Enterprise on 24 August. The famous image that was credited to Read was, in fact, a frame from a motion picture shot by Riley.
This video includes the footage shot by Marion Riley on 24 August 1942. At 2:31 into the video, the second bomb hits the Enterprise, setting off the explosion that killed Robert Read and thirty-four of his shipmates. At the 3:05 mark, Riley captured the detonation that became so famous.
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