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  F4F-4 Wildcat Bureau Number 02055  
USMC
MAW-1
VMF-121

Pilot  Lt. Oscar Mortimer Bate, Jr. (survived) New York, NY
Crashed  October 25, 1942


Aircraft History
Built by Grumman as a model G-36 with manually operated folding wings. Delivered to the United States Navy (USN) as F4F-4 Wildcat bureau number 02055.

Wartime History
Assigned to VMF-121. No known nickname or nose art. During August 1942 until lost this Wildcat operated from from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal.

Mission History
On October 25, 1942 took off from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal on a mission to intercept Japanese aircraft. During the interception, this Wildcat was shot down by escorting A6M2 Zeros. Bate managed to bailed out safely.

Fates of the Pilot
Bate landed unhurt and returned to the American perimeter and returned to duty. Only two and a half weeks later, on November 12, 1942 Bate was shot down and survived bailing out from F4F Wildcat 5172 on Guadalcanal and again returned to safety.

References
The Harvard University Catalogue - The Law School page 157, 249, 251, 836 (index)
U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949 - Bate, Oscar Mortimer, Jr.
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F4F-4 Wildcat 02055
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List October 1942 F4F-4 Wildcat 02055 Lt. Oscar M. Bate Jr.
Thanks to Donna Esposito for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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