‘All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players.’
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
The only information accompanying this image is: “May 1945, Enterprise under attack as seen from Essex.” Based on that cryptic information and the image details, more than likely, we—like the crewmen on the Essex (CV-9)—are witnessing the last combat action of the famed Enterprise (CV-6), left. On 14 May, at 0658, a bomb-carrying Mitsubishi A6M Zeke (Zero) smashed into her just abaft the number one elevator. Barely an hour later, at 0802—likely the time of this photograph—she was again attacked by a Zeke and shot it down. The details of the photograph fit. The carrier has smoke billowing from her forward deck area, the location of the elevator, and an attacking aircraft has just splashed about a carrier-length astern of the ship. The damage Enterprise sustained in the kamikaze attack forced her to retire from action for the balance of the war.