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F4U-1D Corsair on the flight deck of USS Bunker Hill off Okinawa, 6 May 1945

Caption   F4U-1D Corsair on the flight deck of USS Bunker Hill off Okinawa, 6 May 1945 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation
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Photos on Same Day See all photos dated 6 May 1945
Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 15 Jul 2014

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. PJR says:
16 Jun 2016 08:58:59 AM

My father was a 22 year old Navy pilot in the VF-84 on the Bunker Hill from February 1945 to May 10. He told us that he had just left the ready room onto the flight deck when the first plane hit. I have read the book Dangers Hour where I learned about the parts my father never spoke about.
2. Octavio B says:
13 Dec 2019 07:48:43 PM

Hi, lovely site. Question: For years the Corsair has been a source of my love of naval aviation. Why the white arrows? been wanting to know for decades.
3. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
14 Dec 2019 03:06:08 PM

Octavio B (above):
These arrows are Tail Geometrics identifying the aircraft as part of VF-84 flying from USS Bunker Hill. All Air Groups had their own set of Tail Geometrics while aboard a particular carrier. In strikes involving aircraft from multiple carriers, these symbols were used by pilots after the strikes so they could form up with planes from their own carrier for the return flight.

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