Hellcat lost 1944-history?

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  1. PFF

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    Hellcat F6F-3 lost 126 miles se of Nantucket , Massachusetts
    Known facts:
    Buno # was 41782
    Date was 30 September 1944
    Unit was part of "CV-6"
    Pilot fate-unknown
    reason for loss-unknown
    Can anyone add a little history?
     
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    I read about this some years ago. If you search around on the net, the story is out there.

    Pilot was out on a training mission. Engine went balky, broke formation and tried to make it back to the beach. Ditched/Crashed into the sea. No survivor. Wreck stayed there (upside down with wheels down) for about 40-50 years when it was removed by civilian salvagers. USN objected, considers all aircraft in water theirs as well. Took the F6 back from civilians. Whole thing went to court.
     
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    Sorry that was another Hellcat that was salvaged:
    F6F Hellcat
    :!:
     
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