Must have took some real guts for these blokes to attack Japanese carriers,and all their other naval forces,especially having to fly through heavy enemy anti-aircraft fire.Not to mention the Zero's.Seen the real battle footage of this,and I'm glad I wasn't there.
My father was tail gunner in these during WW2. He was actually stationed in Florida flying against U-Boats in the Atlantic. He flew in PBYs and PBMs as well. He was shot down in a Dauntless off the coast of South America but survived,the pilot did not.
I once had a boss whose father was in the Marines during WW2. He was forbidden to look in a box of his fathers WW2 pictures as a kid so of coarse he did. He told me it had pictures of his father standing next to a pile of Japanese soldiers heads. Apparently they paid the natives a bounty for the heads.
My Dad flew the Dauntless (and later Corsairs) out of Majuro during WWII with the Ace of Spades Squadron, VMSB 231. Yours has to be perhaps the best of the best of images imagined of that time. I can't wait to show it to him... I'm sure it will take him back. Can you tell me what squadron you have depicted here, and where this might be?
On their way to kick some Japanese asses! Do you know the manga Zipang? If not, you should read it (or watch the anime), there is a nice battle between a modern JSDF (Japanese) ship who get back in time (like the Nimitz movie) and Dauntless who try to sink her...