The Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat once flown by Commander Alexander Vraciu, left Duxford, UK, on February 6th, bound for a new owner in the USA, according to a snippet in the April issue of 'Fly Past' magazine. This is the actual aircraft in which the US Navy ace scored nine of his nineteen victories in WW2, and has been with The Fighter Collection, at Duxford, since 1990. Sadly Commander Vraciu, DFC, AM, passed away on January 29th this year, aged 96. Having seen this aircraft in the 'Vraciu colours' many times over the last 24+ years, I hadn't realised, until now, that it was the actual aircraft flown by the ace, assuming it was just a representative colour scheme. Although the Hellcat will be missed on the UK air show circuit, I personally feel that it's only right and fitting that it should find a new owner where it belongs, at 'home' in the USA.