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Sinking the Ostfriesland

Sinking the Ostfriesland
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Title: Sinking the Ostfriesland
Description: One of the most important moments in the history of American aviation - the sinking of the captured German battleship "Ostfriesland" by American bombers off the coast of Virginia. After World War I Brigadier General Billy Mitchell became an increasingly outspoken advocate of air power. In 1921 he engineered a series of demonstrations of aerial bombing, the most notable of which was the sinking of the "Ostfriesland". The sinking happened in only 21 minutes. Nevertheless, the results of the test, which ultimately vindicated Mitchell, continued to be debated for years.

Image ID: 10624
July 21, 1921 
U.S. Army Air Service
City, State: Virginia
Bruno, Harry, 1893-1978 : Papers, 1919-1969
Genre: Photograph
Subjects: Aeronautics, Military
Outdoor photography
Aerial photographs

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