(A6M2 Model 21. Allied codename: Zeke) Ready for takeoff from a Japanese aircraft carrier, 1942. This view was probably taken on board Shokaku as she prepared to launch aircraft in the morning of 26 October 1942, during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. Japanese writing in lower right states that the image was reproduced by authorization of the Navy Ministry. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.