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Grumman TBF Avengers of VC-38 near Espiritu Santo 1943


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#1 djltucker

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Posted 22 June 2018 - 07:01 AM

Hi All,

 

I came across this photograph on https://www.worldwarphotos.info.  I'm trying to identify the source of this photograph.  I wrote a recent book about VC-38 - Lucky's Life by Don J. Larson.  If I can find the photo source and obtain a high resolution copy I might be able to identify the plane numbers and pilots that are flying these magnificent planes.  Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.  

 

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#2 dustin

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Posted 22 June 2018 - 07:39 AM

On the web page Homepage, there is an icon of "Photo Credits", they have a list of about a dozen or so. Tough to say which this belongs to on that list though. I'm willing to wager its NARA, their image archive has oodles of images such as these. The problem is that it probably isn't ID'd as VC-38 but rather either a generic description or possibly the carrier they were home too. what is the caption provided with the image?



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Posted 22 June 2018 - 08:25 AM

So I spent some time surfing their data base and I've seen many of those images before and even have copies. The copies I have principally all came from NARA (National Archives). I would bet that the vast majority, aside from only a handful of images from a Navy stand point, all came from NARA. Many images got tossed around like the village bicycle and reside in multiple holdings. From what I seen of the Naval images, most all should be Public Domain (FOIA stuff). Obviously, your image is cropped. Each image in the Navy holdings are provided on an oversized card, such as the example below. You could contact the webmaster and ask for the serial number of the image. This number is in multiple spots on the card, very top and in the legend. In many cases there are many more related images that could accompany this one your after. I have noticed that often images are cherry picked then get floated around over and over again. The serial number is the Key, if you have that, obtaining the image is very easy.

 

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#4 djltucker

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Posted 24 June 2018 - 10:38 AM

Hi Dustin,

 

thanks for the reply.  The caption on the web page is :Grumman Avengers of VC-38 near Espiritu Santo 1943

 

I agree this is likely a NARA image, but I will have to track down the serial number before I can request a high resolution copy from them.

 

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