Photo #: 80-G-205473
USS Enterprise (CV-6)
Crash landing of F6F-3, Number 30 of Fighting Squadron Two (VF-2), into the carrier's port side 20mm gun gallery, 10 November 1943. Lieutenant Walter L. Chewning, Jr., USNR, the Catapult Officer, is climbing up the plane's side to assist the pilot from the burning aircraft. The pilot, Ensign Byron M. Johnson, escaped without significant injury. Enterprise was then en route to support the Gilberts Operation.
Note the plane's ruptured belly fuel tank.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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27 March 2000