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Great job Dustin, thanks! Navy ace Alex Varaciu can be seen among the VF-16 pilots in your first image. Second row on the left side of the aisle, on the right, wearing white deck helmet.

 

 

Good eye! You have a nack for faces that's for sure, thanks for pointing that out. The guy directly in front of him I did recognize as being Lt Commander Harry Harrison.

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I forgot to mention that besides the helmets, I liked seeing how the gas mask bags were kept handy aboard ship.

My main focus is aviation hence all the images related to aircraft carriers but all the standard indoctrination and practices apply to all vessels. I was hoping other points of interest would be observed by everyone, the US Navy really is an understudied venue.

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Tom,

All the deck crewmen in that post #5 photo are wearing issue anti-flash gear, which consisted of a blue cloth hood, blue cloth gauntlet gloves, goggles (same construction as anti-gas goggles) and face mask (white fabric to cover the nose and mouth). Anti-flash cream was also available to cover the skin of the face. It appears the crewman in question, unlike his fellows, has chosen to wear the hood over his helmet, rather than under the helmet, which was the prescribed method. Further details of this gear can be seen in Dustin's post #9, being worn by the intelligence officer in the middle.

Regards, Paul

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Pharmacists Mates on the flight deck of an unknown carrier, August 1942

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Interesting contrast on the top photo. The guy on the right looks like he's all primed and bursting to go. The guy on the left looks bored.

Mikie

 

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Great post. Thanks! Bobgee

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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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