Photo #: 80-G-14209
Machinist Donald E. Runyon, USN
In the cockpit of his F4F-4 "Wildcat" fighter, circa late August or September 1942.
A pilot with Fighting Squadron Six (VF-6), based aboard USS Enterprise (CV-6), Runyon was credited with shooting down four Japanese planes during the Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings of 7-8 August 1943 and another four during the Battle of the Eastern Solomons on 24 August 1942. His plane bears eight miniature Japanese flags in commemoration of these achievements.
Note cushion suspended from the plane's reflector gun sight to protect the pilot in the event of a crash.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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12 November 2001