U.S. pilots in Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu during World War II. A U.S. Navy F4U Corsair parked in a sandy area. A pilot jumps down from the cockpit. The airplane captain greets the pilot. The captain stands near the tail section of the airplane. A small dog sitting on the tail of the aircraft. VMF-214 pilots (unit nicknamed the "Black Sheep") are briefed in front of an operations office by United States Marine Corps Major Gregory Boyington (nickname "Pappy". He was an ace pilot, had been a Flying Tiger, and was later awarded the Medal of Honor). The pilots running off after the briefing. They enter the briefing room. They run from the room outfitted with their flight gear. Pilot Boyington climbs in the cockpit of F4U aircraft. Palm trees in the background. Another pilot in a cockpit puts on headgear readying for takeoff. Pilot Bill Case (William N. Case), VMF-214, putting on a helmet. He buckles a chin strap. The aircraft taxis on the airstrip.
U.S. pilots in Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu during World War II. Wounded pilots in a hospital bed laughing and applauding. American singer Lieutenant Lanny Ross entertains the patients. A patient lying in a bed with an arm in sling. Other patients in bed watch the show.
Construction work in Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu during World War II. Construction of quonset huts in the tropical area. Men put screws in a steel beam. A truck stuck in mud is pulled out and is driven away. An oil tank in the background. Three enlisted men in a truck. An oil drum in the background. A quonset hut beside a road. A jeep moves past in the foreground. Palm trees in the background. Workers work on the frame of a building.
Quonset huts in Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu during World War II. A row of quonset huts and palm trees in an area. A board reads: 'Mess Hours'. A truck moves past on a road. A sign on a palm tree reads: 'US Naval Base Hospital No. 3'. The front of a quonset hut shows an officer and enlisted men entering. Another sign reads: 'US Naval Base Hospital No 3 Administration Office'. A painted bomb on the steps of the quonset hut.
U.S. Torpedo Bombers TBF Avenger in various formations over jungles of Espiritu Santo Island in Pacific Theater. TBF Avengers in flight over water.
U.S. Torpedo Bombers TBF Avenger in flight over Espiritu Santo Island. The TBF Avenger bombers in various formations over clouds.