Hope is not a plan –Winston Churchill*
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.
* The attribution is unknown, although I like Winston Churchill the best.