Photo #: 80-G-302115
Cruiser Scouting Squadron Seven (VCS-7)
VCS-7 pilots are briefed before flying a gunfire spotting mission over the Normandy beach heads, circa June-July 1944. The squadron had temporarily switched from its SOC floatplanes to British "Spitfire" fighters for this operation.
Those present are (from left to right):
Wing Commander Robert J. Hardiman, RAF, Commanding Allied Spotter Pilots;
Ensign Robert J. Adams, USNR;
Major Noel East, British Army Intelligence;
Lieutenant Harris Hammersmith, Jr., USNR; and
Captain John Ruscoe, Royal Artillery, Gunnery Liaison Officer.
Photo was received by the Naval Photographic Science Laboratory on 17 February 1945.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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18 April 2001