Grumman F6F Hellcat Color Photographs Part I

Hellcats!

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F6F_01_Yorktown_CV10An early F6F-3 Hellcat positioned in front of the island of the Essex-class carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10). The first Hellcats were delivered in the standard Blue Gray over Light Gray scheme with national insignia in six locations. This photograph was taken in May, 1943.

F6F_02_-3_Hellcats_aboard_USS_Yorktown_(CV-10),_31_August_1943_(80-G-K-14833)Yorktown again, but three months later. These Hellcats are finished in the graded scheme and feature the barred insignia with blue outline in four locations. The wings have extensive cordite staining from the guns.

F6F_03_-3s_on_USS_Saratoga_CV-3Hellcats recovering aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-3). Saratoga survived the war, only to be expended as a target for atomic bomb tests.

F6F_04_USS Lexington (CV-16), en route near New Guinea, early April, 1944F6F Hellcats and SBD Dauntless dive bombers warm up aboard the USS Lexington (CV-16) off New Guinea in April, 1944. Close examination of the photo shows kill markings displayed on Hellcats 5 and 20.

F6F_05_-Hellcat-MkI-FAA_18JAN45_HMS_IndomitablePlane handlers sunbathing on the wing of a Fleet Air Arm Hellcat Mk.1 of the Royal…

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