Photo #: 80-G-302124
Normandy Invasion, June 1944
Lieutenant Robert F. Doyle, USNR, shakes hands with his wingman, Ensign John F. Mudge, USNR, after their return from a gunfire-spotting and strafing mission over the German lines, in which they broke up an enemy armored column moving toward the Normandy front.
Both officers are pilots of U.S. Navy Cruiser Scouting Squadron Seven (VCS-7), which switched from their usual SOC floatplanes to British "Spitfire" fighters (as seen here) during the Normandy operation.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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18 December 2003