Photo #: 80-G-21927
USS Memphis (CL-13)
A Curtiss SOC "Seagull" scout-observation aircraft hooks onto the recovery mat, in preparation for being hoisted on board, circa early 1942.
Note flags marking the mat's front edges, and men watching from the whaleboat in the lower right.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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16 April 2001