National Geographic : 1944 Oct
SiNational ujeograpnic society Planes Away, Service Crews Sleep on an Empty Deck by Day. Bomb and torpedo loading and night's alarms have exhausted these men. In the shade of a gun turret they snatch 40 winks while awaiting the flyers' return from Palau. Those in yellow jerseys are plane spotters and directors. Red jerseys denote fire fighters and gasoline crews. "E" stands for the turret crew's efficiency and the oblique "hash mark" for a second award. Chips on Her Shoulder, aCarrier's Brood Sleeps atSunset Wide awake, however, areall eyes inthe island structure. At this hour the enemy knew the task force was headed his way. At Palau his fleet answered our challenge by fleeing. At Manila, 1,200 miles away, the Japanese grew panicky and ordered an air-raid alarm. Our targets, however, were Palau, Yap, Woleai, and Ulithi, allinthe Caroline Islands.