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Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat BuNo 41090 of fighter squadron VF-1

Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat Bu No 41090 of fighter squadron VF-1 from Carrier Air Group 1 (CVG-1) aboard USS Yorktown (CV-10) in June-July 1944. Yorktown took part in the capture of Saipan.

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  • Greg V. Hill on 2012-May-02 10:44:56 Greg V. Hill said

    This photo was taken during the Battle of the Philippine Sea, the largest carrier battle in world history and the glory hour of the Grumman F6F-3. (It should be noted, as well, that the F6F "Hellcat" is the most successful fighter in aviation history when it comes to air-to-air "kills," ultimately amassing a 19 to 1 kill ratio, primarily against the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, or "Zeke.")
    Notice that the propeller hub on this aircraft is painted pea green which was an unofficial recognition feature found on Yorktown based aircraft throughout much of the war.

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