A loose formation of USMC Corsairs is headed home to their island airbase after a fighter sweep
in Japanese held territory. Greatly outnumbered by Japanese fighters, the Marines bested the enemy in a short and furious dogfight, losing two Corsairs and pilots in the melee.
The Corsair in the foreground has incurred some damage, but its robust construction will ensure that its pilot will make it back.
On the flight home, radios are silent and the drone of their engines is the pilot's sole companion as each reflects on the events of the mission. An occasional glance at the rest of the formation is a painful reminder that two of the original eight Corsairs are missing and that they will never see two of their friends again.