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Old 12th January 2021, 21:19
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Re: Photo USNAF Aircraft

Ready is the likely meaning as it certainly fits here. On 14/15 April 1945 Air Group 2 finished training at San Diego and moved to Alameda for transportation to Hawaii.
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Cheers George,appreciate your thoughts.
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Re: Photo USNAF Aircraft

Hi George. Thought you might like this unusual shot of a Marine SB2C-4 dated 23/10/45; unit u/k but at Jaluit Atoll ( seems to have a squadron badge under the cockpit).
The Jap CL is "Kashima" ---but has "Kasima" on the hull---re-patriating Japanese from the Marshalls to Japan; the escort is "Thornhill" DE-195 which later went to the Italian Navy.
The Helldiver has a patch of N/S Sea Blue as anti-glare in front of the cockpit otherwise overall Glossy Sea Blue, seen on some other SB2Cs and F4Us.
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The photo shows an SB2C-4E of VMSB331, based at Majuro. The squadron sent two aircraft to observe the evacuation of Jaluit by the Japanese on 22 October 1945.
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