The Galloping Ghost
"Crossing the Equator"
During its first deployment to the South Pacific, a round trip aircraft ferry run, the Marcus Island crossed over the equator. To commemorate the event the publication at the right was printed that day, the 27th of May, 1944.
In keeping with long standing tradition, the crew celebrated the occasion in an appropriate manner. Pollywogs graduated to the status of Shellbacks following a proper initiation, thereby receiving their membership in the "Ancient Order of the Deep."
The booklet is from the estate of Edwin G. Osborn who was aboard the "Galloping Ghost" at the time. He was an ARM2/c and flew aboard SB2Cs and TBMs. I am still trying to verify what unit he was with. It could have been CASU-7 or possibly STAG-1. If anyone knows, let me know.