Navy photo's - Pacific ops

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  1. twoeagles

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    I will post some of the photo's from my Dad's collection here, adding as
    I get them scanned. He normally flew the Hellcat with the strike camera
    and was last to come in on raids.

    The first photo is of their "new" F6F-5 Hellcats. The caption written on back
    of this photo says "Link flying my plane. I took the picture while flying
    a TBM. Refuse to have my picture taken in a TBM". Snob fighter pilot!:D
    This was probably early 1945 and he would have been 23 years old.
     

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    Very cool! any more?
     
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    Nice pic, look forward to seeing more when you get them scanned in.
     
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    2 strike camera photo's from Truk attack, April 29, 1944. Also, page
    from my Dad's logbook for the day he took these photo's.
    First photo is labeled on back "Truk, N. Dublin - S. Moen (seaplane ramp
    and strip)"

    Second photo: "Truk - island of Ulalu. Hits on Jap RDF".

    Logbook pages for this date, 4/29/44.
     

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    Two photo's of what looks like a radar equipped Hellcat, making it F6F-5N...
    No captions on the back. The number on the deck looks like 19, making it the
    Hancock. For you Naval Aviators, take a gander at the number of wires
    across the deck - imagine that many chances to trap!!!!

    Barely visible in the haze to the upper left is another flat top.
     

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    Very cool stuff! Great shots.
     
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    Excellent! :cool:
     
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    Very cool 8)
     
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    More photo's. Carrier quals on CV-16 Lexington, dated 27 may 1943.
    The value in these is the positive date stamp nails down the markings
    in use at the time. 4 photo's in this series, will post two at a time.
    Other things to note are flap settings, tail hook, elevator, etc and you
    can see they were not trapping but "bounce and go".
     

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    Two more of F4F on CV-16 Lexington, 27 May 1943.
     

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    Hellcat on CV-16 Lexington, undated but probably early 1945.
    Modelers check out the tire tread and the hard points under the
    wings. Note also Helldiver to the left with wings folded.
     

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    This newspaper clipping sent my Mom over the edge as she and
    my Dad had gotten married in August, 1944, when he had leave.
    Hellcat 13 was my Dad's plane, although he wasn't always flying
    it, he was responsible for all the logs and documents. The article
    here is scanned from the back of the photo, for interest's sake.
    He called #13 "Lucky Strike", as he never received a scratch
    for all the damage the plane took. VF-16 on Lexington again.
     

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    Very cool twoeagles, the shots are great and the story better

    Micdrow
     
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    amazing stuff, thanks for posting!
     
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    Sweet pics!
     
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    Excellent stuff, this is the first thread I check when I come here, keep it up!:)
     
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    Will be digging through a very packed garage for more photo's;
    14 relocations in my life has caused a little pandemonium with
    tracking where my stuff lies.
     
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    Bravo Zulu !!!

    Know exactly what you mean about the relocations and the havoc with the boxes of remembrances. Somewhere along the line we lost the Japanese helmet and Arisaka from Guadalcanal, but the pilferers never realized that the cumbersome wingtip was from A6M2 #4593, the Koga Zero, and it stayed with us until donated to the Navy Museum in DC in 1986.

    You are lucky with the pictures.

    Rich
     
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    Very, very cool!!!!
     
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