Chart, Vila Plantation (Kolombangara Island), N.A.C.I. COMSOPAC No. 8K, 1943
Lt. Reinhardt Leu used this chart in 1943 while flying Vought F4U Corsairs with squadron VMF-215, based on Espiritu Santo and then Bougainville. Leu and his fellow pilots had to navigate long distances over water in single-engine airplanes, with little hope of rescue if they had to bail out.
National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Image Date: 1943
Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Origin: 1st Aviation Engineering Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps