Where: On the aft end of the flight deck of the U.S.S., Essex, CV-9. March 12, 1944!
Bill's Age: 20 Years old
Enroute from Pearl Harbor to San Francisco after a twelve month "war cruise" in the Pacific area of operations
GUNS: Browning "Air Cooled, Belt Fed, Recoil Operated". Firing Capability: 1,200 rounds.per minute
Affiliation: This is an official United States Navy photo taken by United States Navy photogrophers
The Death Rate of pilots in the Pacific Tour during World War II was 76%, meaning 76 out of 100 pilots died before reaching the 25 missions necessary to complete their service and go home.
The background image is of planes flying off the deck of the ship USS Essex CV9 Pacific theater taken from: