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Grumman F4F "Wildcat" fighters (Part II)

This page features additional selected views of Grumman F4F-3 and F4F-4 fighters, taken during 1941.

For more pictorial coverage of "Wildcat" fighters see Grumman F4F "Wildcat" fighters.



Photo #: 80-PR-1154

Grumman F4F-3 "Wildcat" fighter,
of Fighting Squadron Three (VF-3)

Prepares to take off from USS Saratoga (CV-3), circa October 1941.
The plane's pilot is probably Lt. John S. Thach, VF-3 Commanding Officer.

Photograph from Department of the Navy collections, U.S. National Archives

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Photo #: NH 97485

Grumman F4F-3 "Wildcat" fighters,
of Fighting Squadron Three (VF-3)

On board USS Saratoga in early October 1941.
Plane on the aircraft elevator is 3-F-15 (Bureau # 3982), piloted by Ensign Gayle Hermann.
Note: Some caption details are taken from John B. Lundstrom: "The First Team ...", photo caption between pages 258 & 259.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: 80-G-17425

USS Enterprise (CV-6),

Aviation Metalsmiths assemble a Grumman F4F-3 fighter on the carrier's hangar deck, 28 October 1941. The plane bears the markings of Fighting Squadron Three (VF-3), including a "Felix the Cat" insignia under the cockpit windshield.
Note spare airplanes triced up in the hangar overhead, including TBD-1 torpedo planes (with markings of VT-3) and SBD scout bombers (with markings of VS-2).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph National Archives collection

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Photo #: 80-G-17426

Grumman F4F-3 fighter,

Undergoes maintenance on the hangar deck of USS Enterprise (CV-6), 28 October 1941. The plane bears the markings of Fighting Squadron Three (VF-3), including a "Felix the Cat" insignia under the cockpit windshield.
The part held by the Chief Petty Officer in the foreground bears the number 3973, and is possibly the Bureau # of this plane (# 3973 was the Bu# of an F4F-3).
Note aircraft propellers stowed in the hangar overhead.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph National Archives collection

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Photo #: 80-G-179006

Loss of Wake Island, December 1942,

Wrecked Grumman F4F-3 "Wildcat" fighters of Marine Fighting Squadron 211 (VMF-211), photographed at the Wake airstrip sometime after the Japanese captured the island on 23 December 1941.
There appear to be at least seven F4Fs in this group. The plane in the foreground, "211-F-11" was flown by Captain Henry T. Elrod during the 11 December attacks that sank the Japanese destroyer Kisaragi. Damaged beyond repair at that time, "211-F-11" was subsequently used as a source of parts to keep other planes operational.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, Nationl Archives collection

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For more pictorial coverage of "Wildcat" fighters see Grumman F4F "Wildcat" fighters.


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To the best of our knowledge, the pictures referenced here are all in the Public Domain, and can therefore be freely downloaded and used for any purpose.



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