Photo #: 80-G-243864
Ensign Darrell C. Bennett, A-V(N), USNR
Stands beside his plane, a General Motors FM-2 "Wildcat" fighter, on board USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73), 1 August 1944.
Note pinup art and nickname "Smokey's Lucky Witch" adorning the engine cowling; what appears to be a Composite Squadron Ten (VC-10) insignia below the cockpit windshield; plane numbers ("27") in white on the wing leading edge and and in black under the lip of the cowling; and Ensign's Bennett's flight gear and .45 caliber M1911A1 pistol carried in a shoulder holster.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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21 November 2000