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80-G-66154 Grumman F4F-4 "Wildcat" Fighter

Photo #: 80-G-66154  Grumman F4F-4 "Wildcat" Fighter
Title: Grumman F4F-4 "Wildcat" Fighter
Description: Photo #: 80-G-66154 Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat Fighter (Bureau # 5171), of Fighting Squadron Three (VF-3) At Naval Air Station, Kaneohe, Oahu, on 29 May 1942, with ground crewmen folding the starboard wing. On 4 June 1942, in the Battle of Midway, this plane was flown by Lieutenant Commander John S. Thach, VF-3's Commanding Officer, during the afternoon combat air patrol defending USS Yorktown (CV-5), wherein Thach probably shot down Lieutenant Joichi Tomonaga, leader of the attacking Japanese torpedo planes. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Catalog #: 80-G-66154
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