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  F4F-4 Wildcat Bureau Number ?  
USN or USMC

Aircraft History
Built by Grumman Corporation in Bethpage, New York. Delivered to the United States Navy (USN) or United States Marine Corps (USMC). Likely an F4F-F Wildcat bureau number unknown.

Wartime History
Ditched into Gavutu Harbor near Gavutu Island.

Wreckage
During November 2011, this aircraft was discovered during a sonar survey by HMNZS Resolution and confirmed. This F4F-F Wildcat is intact, with the engine broken off the mount, canopy missing and damage to the wings. The Wildcat is upright on a sandy bottom at 40m depth. Dubbed "The Gavutu Wildcat".

This aircraft is yet to be verified by the U. S. Navy bureau number or other identifying markings. Possibly this aircraft is F4F-4 Wildcat 12084 piloted by 1st Lt. James E. Swett crashed April 7, 1943.

References
Archaehistoria - Solomons November 2011 "During the survey of Tulagi Harbour, Resolution also located previously undiscovered wrecks of a US Grumman Wildcat Fighter Aircraft"
Archaehistoria - Navy Today December 2011 "The identified wrecks included... a US Navy Grumman Wildcat, a carrier-based fighter aircraft"
Historic Aircraft Wreck Found. Is This The Wildcat Of US Ace James E Swett? by Roderick Eime

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

Tech Info
Wildcat

SCUBA
40m

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