Thank you, Veterans!
See the guy trying to fix the hole in the wing with a screwdriver? That's my Dad.
The SOC planes rode on Naval aircraft carriers. Basically, the takeoff was accomplished by flinging the plane off the ship with a giant rubber band. They knew they'd been hit by Japanese fire, but had no idea how bad or how close until they got back on ship.
God bless you all.
WWII; USS Louisville SOC
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