"Pilots, Man Your Planes!"   
                                         WWII U.S. Naval Aviation Collector's Guide                                                                              
With their attention fixed on the briefing officer's every word, the dramatic banner on the readyroom wall behind these Navy fliers tells us their imminent destination.
Aboard U.S.S. Essex, approximately 83 miles off the southeast coast of the Japanese home islands, these VF-4 pilots will soon be participating in the February 16, 1945 surprise strike on the enemy's capital and it's surrounding military installations. 
To counteract the colder winter temperatures encountered in the Northern Pacific at these latitudes, intermediate flight jackets (worn under their flight suits, as was common Navy practice) make an appearance for the first time. Although rubber framed single-aperture goggles in various forms had been available to Naval Aviation personnel since 1942, AN-6530s were still seeing service and would continue to do so for another seven months and beyond. The metal framed, glass lens aviation goggle was such a traditional item of military equipment that the Navy, despite the type's known shortcomings, and independant of the Army Air Force, developed and produced (in limited numbers) an improved version known as the MK-IV, which was intended to replace the AN-6530 before the war's end. More on that subject in the future.
AN-6530 Goggles