Wednesday, May 29, 2013

World War II Museum

View of the Douglas SBD dive bomber at World War II Museum in New Orleans

During the afternoon nap time, Margot, Mom and I visited the World War II museum in New Orleans.

This was originally the D-Day museum but has been expanded to cover all off World War II. This building, sponsored by Boeing, is dedicated to aircraft used in the war.
Douglas SBD dive bomber at World War II Museum in New Orleans

I wish I had paid more attention to the signs. I'm not sure which aircraft this is.

(My Uncle Chip tells me this is a Douglas SBD dive bomber.)
Change-Vought F4U at World War II Museum in New Orleans

I think this is a navy aircraft.

(It is a Chance-Vought F4U fighter.)

This is the cockpit of a bomber. In fairness to the guy on the right, he is not studying the nose art. He is looking into the cockpit.

Here is a what the guy is seeing.

Lots of planes hanging from the ceiling.

This is a one person  German air raid shelter. These were placed above ground in frequently bombed areas like rail yards, etc.

I don't have any pictures of the typical museum displays of which there are many. It was too dark in the galleries for good pictures.

Everything from tanks to machine guns.

This is a German 75 mm gun.

This handcart was very popular with French farmers and others. Not many made the trip back to the U.S.

A water cooled machine gun.

An American mortar.

This is a German anti-aircraft gun (88mm, I think) that was also an effective anti armor weapon.

This is not a good picture but this is a landing craft but I thought I should include it. It was designed and built by the Higgins company in New Orleans.

The museum is right downtown. You can see the statue of Robert E. Lee from the windows. The Superdome is past the statue and the tall building.

A half-track.

The museum is well done. I recommend it.

1 comment:

  1. Both planes are Navy. 1st one is a Douglas SBD dive bomber.2nd is a Chance-Vought F4U fighter. Both types of planes were used in training at St. Simons during WW2. Nice pics Thanks!

    Uncle Chip