Photo #: 80-G-302116
Curtiss SOC "Seagull" scout-observation aircraft,
of Cruiser Scouting Squadron Seven (VCS-7)
"Beached" at an English airfield, while VCS-7 was flying the higher-performance British "Spitfire" fighters to spot naval gunfire during the Normandy Landings, circa June 1944. Another SOC and a Vought OS2U are parked in the background. Squadron maintenance personnel are servicing the planes to keep them available for sea duty.
This photograph was received by the Naval Photographic Science Laboratory on 17 February 1945.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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16 April 2001