Attempting to land in rough conditions can result in a sudden pitch of the deck with this result. This is one reason why pilots train to catch the three wire not the one or two wire.
I thought it fell off the end going the other way, J. Woudn't it be completely munched if it had flown into the ship? What did those things stall at? I'd think it would have to be around 75knots?
Nope, that's the stern of the USS Charger, CVE-30. Here's the same picture in the navy archives: https://www.navsource.org/archives/03/0303007.jpg