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  F6F-3 Hellcat Bureau Number 66237  
5th AF
90th BG
320th BS

Pilot  Ensign Robert F. Thomas
Ditched  January 12, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Grumman. Constructors Number A-1257. Assigned to the US Navy to VF-20.

Mission History
On January 12, 1944 took off on a training mission. Ditched near San Diego.

Recovered from 3,400' depth by the US Navy on October 9, 1970.

Initally displayed at San Diego Air & Space Museum until 1972. From 1974-1992 it was displayed at Pima County Air Museum in Tucson, AZ as 'Z11'.

Since 1992, displayed at the National Museum Of Naval Aviation. Restored by Roy Stafford of Herlong, FL. Painted in the markings of USS Cabot / VF-31.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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