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A confluence of images


This photograph from the Library of Congress is titled:
Airplane on battleship deck with American flag in foreground.

It says further down in the text that the person who cataloged the photo titled it. I can’t imagine how daunting a task it must have been—to catalog the thousands of photographs taken by the military photographers during the war years. So I won’t grumble that the cataloger called the ship a battleship instead of an aircraft carrier.

I can’t tell enough about the airplane to identify it—so O Reader, if you can identify it, please comment below.

What I CAN tell you is that the photographer most likely spent a long time waiting for all these elements to come together. He knew they would eventually—and then he recorded it for us.

CALL NUMBER: LC-USF343- 091270-C [P&P]
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USF343-091270-C (b&w film neg.)
MEDIUM: 1 negative : safety ; 4 x 5 inches or smaller.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: [between 1935 and 1942]
NOTES: Title devised by cataloger.
Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944.
SUBJECTS: United States.
FORMAT: Safety film negatives.
PART OF: Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)
REPOSITORY: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division Washington, DC 20540
DIGITAL ID: (intermediary roll film) fsa 8e03045
CONTROL #: fsa2000055851/PP

8 thoughts on “A confluence of images

  1. I’d venture a guess that’s a Grumman F4F Wildcat, based on the position of the wheels, which appear to protrude from the fuselage. If the wheels dropped straight from the wings, that’d be an F6F Hellcat.

  2. Thank you Fred! I knew someone would know.

  3. Fred – I think the aircraft is actually a TBM Avenger. the upward bend in the wings outboard of the fuselage is the clue.

  4. I found this photo a few days ago on a different resource website, and is was identified as the torpedo bomber Grumman Avenger.

  5. I contacted regarding the aircraft carrier plus he gave me additional information and said the aircraft was an “Avenger” torpedo-bomber.

  6. Thank you Donna! Isn’t it a splendid photograph. One of my favorite I think.

  7. Your welcome Deborah. Yes, it is a splendid photograph! Just looking at it makes me feel like a proud American. I am gathering as much information as I can on this photograph because I want to purchase a framed copy as a gift. I contacted to get information about the possibility of knowing the type of aircraft carrier the flag is flying on. Fabio Pena gave me the possibility of four because, I believe, the limited view of the vessel , but he wrote that the aircraft was definitely an “Avenger” torpedo bomber.

  8. Donna—the link below will take you to the image, and you can download the master image and have a high-quality digital print made. It is an unrestricted photograph and in the public domain.

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