Offical caption, circa December 1943:
“Flashing its swift, elusive way through Pacific combat waters, a PT boat turns its guns on a pair of Tonys [Japanese Kawasaki Ki-61 Hiens] which suddenly swoop out of a cloud. In the background, an SC boat directs its fire at the marauders. The sky-sea fight is pictured in oils by U.S. Coast Guard Artist Hunter Wood.”
Chief Boatswain’s Mate Wood is known for a variety of naval warfare subjects from WWII.