Photo #: 80-G-309140
Iwo Jima Operation, 1945
USS Texas (BB-35) recovers a Vought OS2U "Kingfisher" floatplane in a light rain at 1700 Hrs. on 16 February 1945, the first day of the Iwo Jima pre-invasion bombardment.
The OS2U's radioman is riding the wing after hooking the plane to the recovery crane.
Note details of the crane, aircraft recovery mat and net, 40mm quad gun mounting and the plane's color scheme and markings.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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Image posted 3 November 2006