Lieutenant Commander John Thomas Blackburn, USN
Discusses the successful operations of his unit, VF-17, in the central Solomons during the November 1943-February 1944 period. VF-17, also known as the "Skull & Crossbones" Squadron and as "Blackburn's irregulars" was credited with shutting down 156 Japanese aircraft. Photograph released on 28 March 1944. Taken after Blackburn's return to the U.S.