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XF4F-3 prototype Wildcat in flight, Apr 1939XF4F-3 prototype Wildcat in flight, 3 Apr 1939
XF4F-3 prototype Wildcat in flight, Apr 1939XF4F-3 prototype Wildcat in flight, 3 Apr 1939
XF4F-3 prototype Wildcat in flight, 21 Jul 1939F4F-3A Wildcat as it is being accepted from the factory at NAS St Louis, Missouri, USA, 1940. This particular aircraft was later destroyed by friendly fire near Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii the night of Dec 7 1941; the pilot was killed.
XF4F-3 prototype Wildcat in flight, 21 Jul 1939F4F-3A Wildcat as it is being accepted from the factory at NAS St Louis, Missouri, USA, 1940. This particular aircraft was later destroyed by friendly fire near Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii the night of Dec 7 1941; the pilot was killed.
F4F-3 Wildcat (foreground), SBD-3 Dauntless (center forward and background), and TBD-1 Devastator (center rear) aircraft on the flight deck of USS Saratoga, 1941Torpedo Squadron 5 TBD-1 Devastator aircraft parked at  Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 13 Sep 1941; note SBD-3, F4F, and SB2U aircraft beyond
F4F-3 Wildcat (foreground), SBD-3 Dauntless (center forward and background), and TBD-1 Devastator (center rear) aircraft on the flight deck of USS Saratoga, 1941Torpedo Squadron 5 TBD-1 Devastator aircraft parked at Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 13 Sep 1941; note SBD-3, F4F, and SB2U aircraft beyond
Ensign Gayle HermannLt. John Thach
Ensign Gayle Hermann's Wildcat on Saratoga's elevator, Oct 1941Lt. John Thach's Wildcat taking off from Saratoga, Oct 1941
F4F-3 Wildcat inside USS EnterpriseF4F-3 Wildcat undergoing maintenance in USS Enterprise
F4F-3 Wildcat inside USS Enterprise's hangar deck, 28 Oct 1941; note spare TBD and SBD aircraft hanging overheadF4F-3 Wildcat undergoing maintenance in USS Enterprise's hangar deck, 28 Oct 1941; note spare propellers hanging overhead
View of Ewa Field, Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii, 7 Dec 1941View of Naval Air Station Ford Island, Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii, 8 Dec 1941; note OS2U, SOC, PBY-5, F4F-3, and TBD-1 aircraft
View of Ewa Field, Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii, 7 Dec 1941View of Naval Air Station Ford Island, Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii, 8 Dec 1941; note OS2U, SOC, PBY-5, F4F-3, and TBD-1 aircraft
Wrecked Wildcats of VMF-211 collected by Japanese, Wake, circa late Dec 1941HMS Valiant firing in exercise, 1942; HMS Illustrious with Fulmar and Martlet aircraft in foreground
Wrecked Wildcats of VMF-211 collected by Japanese, Wake, circa late Dec 1941HMS Valiant firing in exercise, 1942; HMS Illustrious with Fulmar and Martlet aircraft in foreground
Martlet fighter of No. 888 Squadron FAA taxiing on the flight deck of HMS Formidable after landing, 1940sMartlet fighters aboard HMS Formidable in the Mediterranean Sea, 1940s
Martlet fighter of No. 888 Squadron FAA taxiing on the flight deck of HMS Formidable after landing, 1940sMartlet fighters aboard HMS Formidable in the Mediterranean Sea, 1940s
Martlet fighters of No. 888 Squadron FAA from HMS Formidable in flight, 1940sMartlet fighters on the flight deck of HMS Formidable, 1940s
Martlet fighters of No. 888 Squadron FAA from HMS Formidable in flight, 1940sMartlet fighters on the flight deck of HMS Formidable, 1940s
Martlet II fighter of No. 888 Squadron FAA shortly after landing on HMS Formidable, 1942Saratoga underway at sea, circa 1942, with 5 Grumman F4F fighters, 6 Douglas SBD scout bombers, and 1 Grumman TBF torpedo bomber on the flight deck
Martlet II fighter of No. 888 Squadron FAA shortly after landing on HMS Formidable, 1942Saratoga underway at sea, circa 1942, with 5 Grumman F4F fighters, 6 Douglas SBD scout bombers, and 1 Grumman TBF torpedo bomber on the flight deck

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