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Eyes of the Fleet

Airplane is catapulted off a surface ship
Description: Painting, Watercolor; by Joseph Hirsch; C.1943; Unframed Dimensions 13H X 20W
Accession #: 88-159-EY as a Gift of Abbott Laboratories
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Curtis scout-observation planes, ship-based, wing off on scouting missions over the sea. Catapulted from the deck, the chief mission of the SOCs is scouting the enemy and spotting gunnery fire. Termed the eyes of the fleet, scouting pilots extend the vision of shipboard officers hundreds of miles in every direction.

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Wars & Conflicts
  • World War II 1939-1945
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