Photo #: NH 50945
Marshalls Islands Raid, 1 February 1942
Lieutenant Wilson R. Bartlett, Senior Aviator of USS Chester (CA-27), walks forward on the cruiser's well deck to make his report, after returning from a flight spotting gunfire for the ship's bombardment of Taroa Island, Maloelap Atoll.
In the background is damage from the bomb hit sustained during a Japanese air attack at 0820 hrs. Also visible are the port wingtips of one of a SOC "Seagull" aircraft, with the open hangar beyond. The ship's port catapult "silo" is at right, dented by the bomb's blast.
Note the pilot's uniform, "Mae West" life vest, binoculars and plotting board.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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17 April 2001