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  F4F-3 Wildcat Bureau Number 4006 Squadron Number 26
USMC
VMF-221
Fifth Division

Pilot  Captain Francis P. McCarthy, O-006235 USMC (MIA / KIA) MA
MIA  June 4, 1942


Aircraft History
Built by Grumman as a model G-36 with manually operated folding wings. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4F-3 Wildcat bureau number 4006.

Wartime History
One of seven F4F-3 Wildcats loaded aboard USS Kitty Hawk APV-1 and delivered to Midway on May 26, 1942 as reinforcements for Midway. Assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) to squadron VMF-221 "Fighting Falcons" to the Fifth Division with squadron number "26". No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On June 4, 1942 took off from Midway Airfield on Eastern Island during the Battle of Midway. This Wildcat was shot down by an A6M2 Zero. When this aircraft failed to return it was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
On May 2, 1942 McCarthy was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) by Admiral Chester W. Nimitz on Midway Island. He also earned the Navy Cross and Purple Heart, posthumously.

McCarthy was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the courts of the missing, court 4 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).

References
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F4F-3 Wildcat 4006
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List June 1942  incorrectly lists F2A-3 01524 piloted by McCarthy
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Francis P. McCarthy
FindAGrave - Capt Francis Paul McCarthy (photo, courts of the missing photo)
'Summing it Up: VMF-221 at Midway' by Santiago A Flores

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Last Updated
July 22, 2018

 

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