Photo #: 80-G-208140
USS Cowpens (CVL-25)
Pilot evacuates his burning F6F-3 fighter after landing unaware that it was on fire, during the Gilberts Operation, 24 November 1943. Firefighters are rushing to the plane, and put out the flames in a minute and a half, with no casualties. The fire started as the "Hellcat" approached Cowpens for an emergency landing.
The pilot was Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Alfred W. Magee, Jr., USNR. The plane was Bureau # 66101.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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24 October 2000