Photo #: 80-G-11103
Machinist Donald E. Runyon, USN,
of Fighting Squadron Six (VF-6)
On board USS Enterprise (CV-6), 10 September 1942, during the Guadalcanal campaign.
He is standing by the tail of his F4F-4 (Bureau # 5193, VF-6's # 13), which is decorated with a "tombstone" containing 41 "meatballs", each representing a Japanese plane claimed by the squadron.
Runyon was one of the leading F4F "Aces", credited with shooting down 8 Japanese aircraft while flying "Wildcats".
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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18 January 2001