John M. Russell Video  
  SS Shipley Bay CVE 85
Produced by:  John M Russell

John M Russell served aboard the Shipley Bay during WWII as the ship's photographer. This original 16mm film was shot entirely aboard the USS Shipley Bay.  This is the only know film footage in existence specific to the Shipley Bay and includes combat flight operations of the Fishhook Squadron VC-97.  John Russell converted the film to DVD in 2009.

  Film Sequences:  
  Preparing deck for takeoffs
Pilot scramble for planes
Catapult takeoffs
Preparing catapult for takeoffs
Signal for takeoff
Gun camera footage
Flyover by returning planes
LSO Landing Signal Officer
Caught by barrier cables
Destroyer returning downed pilot
Preparing beeches buoy lines
1st trip: 10 gallons of ice cream
Pilot returned
Damaged plane
Seabag, ship's mascot
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