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  FM-1 Wildcat Bureau Number 14994  
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USS Wolverine

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Justin Taylan 2012

Pilot ¬†Ensign William Reiter (rescued)
Ditched ¬†December 19, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by General Motors. Assigned to the US Navy (USN) to squadron VGF-30. Operated from USS Wolverine IX-64. Assigned to Ensign W. E. "Dixie" Howell with the nose art of Disney character "Donald Duck holding paddles for landing on an aircraft carrier painted below the left side of the cockpit.

Mission History
Took off from USS Charger on a training flight. On landing, hit the catwalk and ditched into Lake Michigan.

Wreckage
Remained in situ at the bottom of Lake Michigan for forty-eight years. During 1993, salvaged from Lake Michigan.

Display
On September 2, 1993 arrived at Valiant Air Command Museum, on load from the US Navy. The aircraft was restored to static condition over five years, completed during 2001. The original engine is displayed nearby in an unrestored condition.

While on display, the original pilot, W. E. "Dixie" Howell visited the aircraft.

References
WarbirdRegistry - Wildcat Bu 14994
Thanks to Ted Darcy / WFIRG for additional information

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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