Photo #: 80-G-7863
Guadalcanal-Tulagi Operation, August 1942
LCP(L) and other landing craft maneuver near USS Enterprise (CV-6) on 24 July 1942, during preparations for the invasion of Guadalcanal and Tulagi.
Note SBD-3 scout bombers on the carrier's flight deck. That in the foreground has interesting markings: the mission letter ("S") appears on the fin, with the individual aircraft number aft of the fuselage star. The plane to the left illustrates the usual practice, with the mission letter ("B") and individual aircraft number both painted forward of the star.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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12 November 2001