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  F6F-3 Hellcat Bureau Number ?????  
USN
VF-38

Pilot ┬áLt. Commander Anderson (rescued)
MIA  September 16, 1943


Aircraft History
Built by Grumman. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) to squadron VF-38. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On September 16, 1943 took off from Munda Airfield on an escort mission and figher sweep over Ballale Airfield. Other aircraft on the mission included and 31 SBDs. Other escorts consisted of 13 Hellcats from VF-38 and 11 from VF-40. In addition to VMF-214 "Black Sheep" F4U Corsairs, RNZAF P-40, P-38's making up a total of 71 escorting fighters.

Over the target, 40-50 intercepting Zeros and Tonys were met, and heavy anti-aircraft over the target. In the ensuing dogfights, 3 Zeros were destroyed and a probable claimed by VF-38.

This Hellcat was lost (unclear if pilot bailed out or ditched, or location).

Rescue
Anderson was rescued (details unknown).

References
US Navy Loss Microfilm incorrectly lists Anderson as piloting F6F Hellcat 25839.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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