world war ii: helldiver

“A formation of U.S. Navy aircraft from Carrier Air Group 3 (CVG-3) in flight in 1946. In front is a Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat flown by the Air Group Commander (CAG), Cdr. Louis H. Bauer, followed by a Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver (from VB-3), a Grumman TBM-3E Avenger (VT-3) and a Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat (VF-3).”

(National Naval Aviation Museum)

“In the foreground the SB2C Helldiver of Lieutenant Ralph Yaussi, its tanks dry, has ditched near the carrier USS Lexington. As Yaussi and his gunner James Curry clamber out of the sinking aircraft, the Fletcher class destroyer USS Anthony, her 24 inch searchlight ablaze, is moving in to make the pick-up. The chaos and confusion of that infamous night during the Battle of the Philippine Sea, springs back to life in this stunning painting.”

34 3/4″ x 23 1/2″

Mission Beyond Darkness” by Robert Taylor.