I've been watching HBO's WWII-focused miniseries "The Pacific" and enjoying it. I think my dad would have enjoyed it, though I'm sure he would have preferred more on the Navy and naval aviators like himself. :) So here's a shout-out to Dad and his buddies.
Unfortunately, this photo was not labeled except for Dad's interesting note about himself. The names of the others may be in a book our family owns, and I will certainly post more info if I find it. I am not positive, but this is probably the VF-6 air group my dad flew with from the aircraft carrier USS Hancock. It could also be a group he trained with. But it looks like an official Navy photograph, so I'm guessing it's the air group, unless portraits were taken of "graduating" classes of naval aviators? Dad initially trained on dive bombers, switched to fighters when the Navy needed more fighter pilots, and flew the F6F Hellcat in the last year of the war.
I received Dad's military personnel file last week, and am looking forward to blogging about it. Meanwhile, you can read my other posts on Dad's Navy service here.
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