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US Navy F6F Hellcat fighters of VF-10 "Grim Reapers" of Carrier Air Group 10 landed on carrier Enterprise after attack on Truk February 1944.

Grumman "Hellcat" fighters landing on USS Enterprise after strikes on the Japanese base at Truk, February Flight deck crewmen are folding planes' wings and guiding them forward to the parking area.

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Hellcat back in Hawaii all patched up from Japanese machine gun fire…

flytofight:  Colorized photograph of Hellcat pilot Alexander Vraciu LT. Alexander Vraciu was one of the U.S. Navy’s top scoring aces of WW2, with 19 kills.  During the Marianas turkey shoot, LT. Vraciu shot down 6 enemy aircraft during one flight.   Over the Philippines, LT Vraciu bailed out when he was shot down by anti aircraft fire.  On the ground, LT. Vraciu was rescued by Filipino resistance fighters, who put him in charge of a company sized group of men to launch raids against…

Colorized photograph of Hellcat pilot Alexander Vraciu LT. Alexander Vraciu was one of the U. Navy’s top scoring aces of with 19 kills. During the Marianas turkey shoot, LT. Vraciu shot down 6 enemy aircraft during one flight.

Corsaire

USN corsair designed as a carrier based plane, could not land safely on carriers until British pilots from the Fleet Air arm showed them how.

Fighters F6F «Hellcat» (Grumman F6F Hellcat) of fighter squadron VF-16 taking off from the deck of an aircraft carrier "Lexington» (USS Lexi...

Hellcat of launches from the carrier Lexington (Essex-class) while two others wait along with an SBD Dauntless,

Douglas TBD Devastator, Aircraft #5 of Torpedo Squadron 8 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8), May 1942.

One of Torpedo Eight’s Douglas Devastator torpedo bombers aboard USS Hornet mid-May Two weeks later none of these planes would make it back to the USS Hornet at Midway -- OPENPICS.

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During World War II, Mustang pilots claimed enemy aircraft shot down, second only to the Grumman Hellcat among Allied aircraft.

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