Built by Grumman. Delivered to the U. S. Navy. Assigned to squadron VF-39. Operated from Dalop Island. At the end of the war, this Hellcat was
dumped into Majuro
During 2000, this aircraft was discovered by Matt Holly near the Outrigger
Resort. The aircraft was found while he was searching
for an anchor lost by the cargo vessel Neptune Gale, nearly 500 yards
from the shore. Matt
was accompanied by divers Aki Mike and Darryl Holson, who later returned
with Matt to videotape the aircraft and search the immediate area
for other wreckage.
The wings are folded back in their
parked position, but the left side wing and stabilizer were damaged,
an anchor dragging through the site. The site is also unique as the
Hellcat is sitting straight up and down in the water on its nose,
balanced by its engine mount, front wing edges, and landing gear.
Missing its engine, guns, and many smaller cockpit
Pacific Islands Report - Hellcat Found in Majuro Lagoon May 26, 2000 via WaybackMachine
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June 29, 2019