"Pilots, Man Your Planes!"   
                                         WWII U.S. Naval Aviation Collector's Guide                                                                              
 Navy Spits
      VCS-7 In Normandy

 
Above:  Between missions, some time to relax, read and enjoy a cup of coffee. The Navy pilots are Robert J. Adams (with coffee), Harris Hammersmith (bareheaded, reading with crossed legs) and Alexander A. Smith (bareheaded, studying his map). Smith is using an R.A.F. 1941 Mae West.  Adams wears an M-422a intermediate flight jacket. His survival knife hangs from the dye marker tape on his B-4 life vest.

Below:  From left to right: Wing Commander Robert J. Hardiman, R.A.F., Commanding Allied Spotter Pilots; ENS Robert J. Adams, USNR; Major Noel East, British Army Intelligence; LT Harris Hammersmith, Jr., USNR (wearing service cap); LT Alexander A. Smith, USNR and Captain John Ruscoe, Royal Artillery, Gunnery Liaison Officer.
Below:  This map of the Allied Assault Routes, both sea and air, gives us a good idea of the distance between VCS-7's home base at Lee-On-Solent, represented by the red dot, and their area of operation over and behind the invasion beaches and the Cherbourg Peninsula.
Note the large scale map of this same area on the wall of the operations room in the photos above.
Above:  Three unidentified pilots display a typical mix of R.A.F. and U.S.N. equipment. 

Below and right:  The most common combination of headgear being worn in these vintage photos by squadron pilots was the R.A.F. type C helmet and type G mask with U.S. Navy AN-6530 goggles.