Photo #: 80-G-227992
Vought OS2U "Kingfisher" floatplane,
from USS North Carolina (BB-55)
Afire after it was hit by gunfire from USS Tang (SS-306), off Truk, 1 May 1944. The plane had landed inside Truk lagoon to recover downed airmen. Unable to take off with a load of nine men, it then taxiied out to Tang, which was serving as lifeguard submarine during the 29 April-1 May carrier strikes on Truk. The plane was destroyed after its crew and passengers were removed.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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5 February 2002