Flight deck crewmen spot a pair of Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless scout bombers at the aft end of the flight deck in preparation for takeoff. An F6F-3 Hellcat fighter is parked farther forward. Photo taken during the Gilberts operation, November 1943. Note flag flying overhead and men lounging atop the 5-inch/38 caliber guns.
Photographer, Commander Edward Steichen, USNR