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80-G-66074 Lieutenant Commander Lance E. Massey, USN, Commanding Officer, Torpedo Squadron Three (VT-3)

Photo #: 80-G-66074  Lieutenant Commander Lance E. Massey, USN, Commanding Officer, Torpedo Squadron Three (VT-3)
Description: Seated in his Douglas TBD-1 Devastator torpedo plane, at Naval Air Station Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, 24 May 1942. Massey was killed in action on 4 June 1942, while leading VT-3 in an attack on the Japanese carrier force during the Battle of Midway. Note Victory flag marking on the plane, representing the sinking of a Japanese ship during the Marshall Islands Raid, 1 February 1942, when he was Executive Officer of Torpedo Squadron Six (VT-6) on USS Enterprise (CV-6). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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