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General Motors FM-2 "Wildcat" fighters (part II)

This page features more selected views of General Motors FM-2 fighters.

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Photo #: NH 94875

General Motors FM-2 "Wildcat" fighter

Gets a "wave-off"from the Landing Signal Officer, while attempting to land on USS Makin Island (CVE-93), circa 1944-45.

Courtesy of PHC John Highfill, USN (Retired).

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

Online Image: 61KB; 740 x 610 pixels

 
Photo #: 80-G-354753

First Line,
Second Line (if any)

Upended after a barrier crash on board USS Sable (IX-81), during pilot training in the Great Lakes, May 1945.
Another FM-2 is flying past in top center.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection

Online Image: 109KB; 740 x 610 pixels

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives.

 
Photo #: NH 94872

USS Makin Island (CVE-93)

Crewmen pull a FM-2 "Wildcat" fighter back from the forward edge of the flight deck, after it flipped over in a "freak accident", circa 1944-1945.

Courtesy of PHC John Highfill, USN (Retired).

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

Online Image: 150KB; 740 x 610 pixels

 
Photo #: 80-G-243864

Ensign Darrell C. Bennett, A-V(N), USNR

Stands beside his plane, a General Motors FM-2 "Wildcat" fighter, on board USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73), 1 August 1944.
Note pinup art and nickname "Smokey's Lucky Witch" adorning the engine cowling; what appears to be a Composite Squadron Ten (VC-10) insignia below the cockpit windshield; plane numbers ("27") in white on the wing leading edge and and in black under the lip of the cowling; and Ensign's Bennett's flight gear and .45 caliber M1911A1 pistol carried in a shoulder holster.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection

Online Image: 94KB; 605 x 765 pixels

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives.

 



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