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Great Collection of 160 +Photographs from World War II: Naval Training in Chicago and Serving in the Pacific

[WORLD WAR II.] Fred R. Salisbury, Photographic archive owned by Lt. Commander Fred R. Salisbury II of the USS Salamaua, ca. 1942-1949. Photographs in excellent condition.


25 dramatic aerial photographs of air operations of the USS Salamaua against sea and ground targets in the South Pacific, many showing targets on fire after being hit.
93 Photographs, mostly from Manus Island and Koruniat Island, Admiralty Islands Group, Papua New Guinea, including 16 Kodachrome color prints, ca. 1944-1945. Includes two photographs (one in color) of Salisbury later in life.
Photograph of “Officers of the United States Training School, Navy Pier 1942, Chicago, Ill.” 1 p., 20ʺ x 9.875ʺ. Salisbury stands in the back row, third from left.

42 large photographs (8ʺ x 10ʺ) of naval groups in Chicago, including baseball teams, graduates, banquets, many listing the names of the sailors on the verso, ca. 1942-1943.

2 photographs of Salisbury in uniform, by photographer Daniel W. Zintsmaster of Minneapolis. 5ʺ x 7ʺ in paper folders, 7ʺ x 10.25ʺ. 

Photograph of Salisbury with date and two other identified couples at the Bismarck Hotel, Chicago, 1943. 7ʺ x 5ʺ in souvenir paper folder, 8.5ʺ x 7ʺ.
Chit Book from the Fleet Officers Club for the Admiralty Islands, including four of the original twenty chits, ca. 1944-1945. 4ʺ x 1.5ʺ.
Drill Card for the Naval Air Station, Twin Cities, Minn., 1949. 2 pp., 4ʺ x 2.5ʺ.

Fred R. Salisbury II (1914-1990) was born in Minnesota and named for his grandfather. He worked in his father’s business, the Salisbury & Satterlee Company of Minneapolis that manufactured furniture and mattresses. During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in February 1942 and served as lieutenant-commander of the USS Salamaua (CVE-96), a Casablanca-class escort aircraft carrier. Salisbury was released to inactive duty in March 1946. After the war, he served as secretary and then vice president of Salisbury & Satterlee Co., which became the Salisbury Co. in 1947.

USS Salamaua (1944-1947) was a Casablanca-class escort aircraft carrier built in Vancouver, Washington; named Salamaua after the invasion of the village of Salamaua in New Guinea; and launched on April 22, 1944. Captain Joseph Irwin Taylor Jr. (1902-1985) commanded the ship with a crew of fifty-four officers and 518 enlisted men. Designed to carry 27 aircraft, during the invasion of Lingayen Gulf, the Salamaua carried 14 FM-2 fighters and 10 TBM-3 torpedo bombers. After escorting two transport trips to New Guinea in the summer and fall of 1944, the ship traveled to the Admiralty Islands to prepare for the invasion of Luzon, Philippines. During the Invasion of Lingayen Gulf, a kamikaze attack on January 13, 1945, left a 16-foot by 32-foot hole in the Salamaua’s flight deck and several fires burning. The starboard engine was submerged, and the ship listed 8 degrees to starboard but managed to keep up with the task group using only the port engine. After initial repairs at Leyte, the ship returned to San Francisco for further repairs, which began on March 3 and continued until late April. By May, the Salamaua was supporting land operations on Okinawa. On June 5, the ship endured a typhoon, which destroyed all aircraft bolted to the ship’s flight deck and rendered the flight deck inoperative. After repairs at Guam, the Salamaua participated in anti-submarine operations through the end of the war. In late August, the ship escorted a troop convoy of the U.S. Eighth Army to Tokyo Bay, where it arrived on September 2, and the ship’s planes photographed the landing of the occupation troops at Yokohama during the formal Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri. For the next several months, the ship completed three “Magic Carpet” trips to return veterans to the United States. Decommissioned in May 1946, the ship was broken up in 1947. For its service, the USS Salamaua received three battle stars.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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