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USS Mobile preparing to launch a Vought OS2U Kingfisher floatplane from her port catapult during the Oct 1943 Marcus Island raid. Note the 40mm twin gun mount and man in the gun tub holding a red flag.

Caption   USS Mobile preparing to launch a Vought OS2U Kingfisher floatplane from her port catapult during the Oct 1943 Marcus Island raid. Note the 40mm twin gun mount and man in the gun tub holding a red flag. ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy
Identification Code   80-G-K-15826
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Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 23 Jun 2014

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
23 Jun 2015 08:27:11 PM

The official Navy caption reads: “Preparing to launch an OS2U from USS Mobile, October 1943” but the two officers and enlisted man directly next to the catapult rail suggests things are still a few moments away from actually launching, despite the running engine on the aircraft. The two officers casually standing there with the bluejacket on his knees apparently holding some tools further suggests that something minor has gone wrong with the catapult and the machinist mate is there to actually fix it while the officers are there to stand nearby and discuss fixing it.

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