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  F6F-3 Hellcat Bureau Number 25116  
USN
VF-39

Wartime History
Built by Grumman. Delivered to the U. S. Navy. Assigned to squadron VF-39. Operated from Dalop Island. At the end of the war, this Hellcat was dumped into Majuro Lagoon.

Wreckage
During 2000, this aircraft was discovered by Matt Holly near the Outrigger Resort. The aircraft was found while he was searching for an anchor lost by the cargo vessel Neptune Gale, nearly 500 yards from the shore. Matt was accompanied by divers Aki Mike and Darryl Holson, who later returned with Matt to videotape the aircraft and search the immediate area for other wreckage.

The wings are folded back in their parked position, but the left side wing and stabilizer were damaged, possibly from an anchor dragging through the site. The site is also unique as the Hellcat is sitting straight up and down in the water on its nose, balanced by its engine mount, front wing edges, and landing gear. Missing its engine, guns, and many smaller cockpit items.

References
Pacific Islands Report - Hellcat Found in Majuro Lagoon May 26, 2000 via WaybackMachine

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

Tech Info
F6F

SCUBA
107'

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