Photo #: 80-G-218123
Carrier Raids on Truk, 17-18 February 1944
Vought OS2U-3 "Kingfisher" is recovered USS Baltimore (CA-68) after she had rescued Lieutenant (Junior Grade) George M. Blair from Truk Lagoon, 18 February 1944.
Plane's pilot is Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Denver F. Baxter. His radioman, ARMC Reuben F. Hickman, is on the wing, preparing to attach the plane so it can be hoisted on board.
Blair's F6F "Hellcat", of Fighting Squadron Nine from USS Essex (CV-9), had been shot down during the dawn fighter sweep over Truk.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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11 December 2002