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G4M1 Betty Tail F-348 moments prior to crashing into the sea
The bomber's left engine was shot off by F4F Wildcat piloted by Lt. Edward 'Butch' O'Hare from VF-3 who made a firing pass, hitting this bomber's left engine and causing it to flame, explode and break off the engine mount and fall out of formation. The damaged bomber attempted to crash into USS Lexington CV-2 and was hit by anti-aircraft fire from the carrier and screening destroyers before crashing into the sea roughly 1,400m ahead of USS Lexington CV-2 and 200 yards off the starboard quarter of USS Bagley DD-386
Credit: USN Date: February 20, 1942

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