Photo #: 80-G-11092
Fighting Squadron Six (VF-6)
Four VF-6 pilots pose beside a Grumman F4F-4 (Bureau # 5126) on board USS Enterprise (CV-6), 10 August 1942. They were credited with shooting down eight Japanese aircraft during the Guadalcanal-Tulagi operation a few days earlier.
The men are (from left to right):
Machinist Donald E. Runyon, credited with four planes;
Aviation Pilot First Class Howard S. Packard (one plane);
Ensign Joseph D. Shoemaker (one plane); and
Ensign Wildon M. Rouse (two planes).
Note shoulder holster rigs for .45 pistols worn by the three officers.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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15 November 2001