An earlier version of the distinctive Duck was the J2F-1, seen here flying from Anacostia in 1936. This machine, 0162, was the first of 20 J2F-1s built.
It was in an “ancient” Grumman Duck like the one seen here that the author made two of his last flights in Marine service, visiting the natives on Vella Lavella Island.
A native canoe from the village of Paramata, Vella Lavella Island, greets the author’s Grumman J2F-5 Duck. The village is just visible on the right.
Самолеты Avenger Корпуса морской пехоты США готовятся к взлету на авиабазе Пива для нанесения удара. Плацдарм союзных войск на Бугенвиле был объектом периодических налетов японцев и обстрелов из скрытого в горах морского артиллерийского орудия, прозванного "Pistol Pete".
TBFs taxiing out at Piva Uncle in February 1944. Enemy troops still occupied the distant ridge.
Two TBFs take off from Piva Uncle strip in January 1944, bound for Japanese targets at Rabaul. Other TBFs are just visible on the taxiway.
TBFs await clearance for take-off from Piva Uncle in February 1944, all set to make a strike against Japanese shipping.