10 Nov 1944 Accidental detonation of 3800 tons of ammunition on USS Mount Hood [AE-11] while anchored on Manus Island [Papua New Guinea] destroys itself and 22 small boats, damages 36 nearby ships, and kills 432 men with 371 more injured. Visit the Olive-Drab.com World War II Timeline for day-by-day events 1939-1945! See also WW2 Books.
USMC M-76 Otter Amphibious Vehicle
M-76 Otter. Marine on the machine gun is David Blondin. Photo: Courtesy Carl Smith.