Airworthy Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat RN 800NAS E T JV183 Museum 01

Armourer loading a Helcat 01

Armourer loading a Helcat 02

Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat RN 800NAS C Englinton 1943 01

Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat RN 800NAS E F JV132 Ritchie Emperor 1944 V0A

Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat RN 800NAS G Englinton 1943 01

Grumman Hellcat MkI RN FAA 800NAS EF Lt Blythe Ritchie JV132 aboard HMS Emperor 8th May 1944 0A

Grumman Hellcat MkI RN FAA 800NAS EF Lt Blythe Ritchie JV132 aboard HMS Emperor 8th May 1944 0B

Grumman Hellcat MkI RN FAA 800NAS EF Lt B Ritchie JV132 HMS Emperor May 1944 0A

Grumman Hellcat MkI RN FAA 800NAS EL JV131 HMS Emperor June 1944 0A

Grumman Hellcat MkI RN FAA 800NAS EL JV131 HMS Emperor June 1944 0B

Grumman Hellcat MkI RN FAA 800NAS EL JV131 HMS Emperor June 1944 0C

Grumman Hellcat MkI RN FAA 800NAS or 804NAS aboard HMS Emperor May 1944 01

Grumman Hellcat MkI RN FAA 800NAS or 804NAS EB JV102 launched from HMS Emperor May 1944 01

Grumman Hellcat MkI RN FAA 800NAS or 804NAS ED aboard HMS Emperor May 1944 01

Grumman Hellcat MkI RN FAA 800NAS or 804NAS ES JV179 landing mishap HMS Emperor May 1944 01

Grumman Hellcat MkI RN FAA 800NAS or 804NAS ES JV179 landing mishap HMS Emperor May 1944 02

Grumman Hellcat MkI RN FAA 800NAS or 804NAS Red EC 1944 01

Grumman Hellcat MkI RN FAA 800NAS or 804NAS Red ED 1944 01

Grumman Hellcat MkI RN FAA 800NAS or 804NAS Red ED 1944 02

Grumman Hellcat MkI RN FAA 800NAS or 804NAS Red EP landing mishap 01

Grumman Hellcat MkI RN FAA 800NAS or 804NAS Red EW JV105 1944 01

Royal Navy Hellcat pilots from FAA 800NAS 01

Royal Navy personnel posing against a Helcat 01

Royal Navy target photo showing the strike against the Tirpitz 01

Royal Navy target photo showing the strike against the Tirpitz 02

List of Royal Navy Ships WWIIHMS Emperor

Artwork Grumman Hellcat MkI FAA 800NAS EF Lt B Ritchie JV132 HMS Emperor May 1944 0A

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Grumman Hellcat Mk.I RN FAA 800NAS EF Lt. Blythe Ritchie JV132 HMS Emperor May 8 1944

With this aircraft on the noted date, during Operation 'Hoops', Lt. Blythe Ritchie of 800 Sqn, gained a kill over an Fw 190 A from JG 5. It was his fifth kill, his first in the cockpit of a Hellcat, and consequently, one of the few kills by the Hellcat over the Luftwaffe. Six days later, during Operation 'Potluck A', Ritchie gained another aerial victory flying JV132. He attacked a formation of He 115 floatplanes, and got an individual kill, and one more shared with Lt.Cdr. Stan Ohrr.

S tímto strojem dne 8. 5. 1944, bìhem operace "Hoops", dosáhl sestøelu Fw 190 A od JG 5 pøíslušník 800 Sqn FAA, Lt. Blythe Ritchie. Jednalo se o jeho páté vítìzství v poøadí, první v kokpitu Hellcatu, a zároveò o jedno z mála vítìzství Hellcatu nad stíhacími stroji Luftwaffe. O šest dni pozdìji, bìhem operace "Potluck A", skóroval Ritchie se strojem JV132 znovu. Zaútoèil na formaci plovákových letounù He 115 a dosáhl dalších dvou sestøelù, jednoho samostatnì a druhého ve spolupráci s Lt Cdr Stanem Ohrrem.

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  IL2 game skin by C6 F6F-3 RN 800NAS C Englinton 1943
  IL2 game skin by C6 F6F-3 RN 800NAS E Englinton 1943
  IL2 game skin by C6 F6F-3 RN 800NAS F Englinton 1943

  The skinpack contains three airplanes of the 800 NAS as it was evaluating the airplane in September 1943. At this time the squad was based in Englinton, and was the first FAA Squad ever operational with the type. Little operational context: The Fleet Air Arm recieved her his first 'Ganets' (they'll be called Hellcat by the British only in March 1944) in June 1943. The two first aircraft were sent to Boscombe down for service trials by RN (Royal Navy) pilots. The 800 NAS, the first operational squadron on the Hellcat, received his airplanes from July to August 1943. It got also some airplanes in October 1943. The squad was soon after sent in Norwegian waters. The airplanes in this skinpack are those being tested by the 800 NAS as it got its first airplanes, in September 1943.

  IL2 game skin by C6 F6F-3 RN 800NAS E-D JV140 HMS Emperor 1944
  IL2 game skin by C6 F6F-3 RN 800NAS E-D JV140 HMS Emperor 1944
  IL2 game skin by C6 F6F-3 RN 800NAS E-T JV146 HMS Emperor 1944
  IL2 game skin by C6 F6F-3 RN 800NAS E-K JV106 HMS Emperor 1944
  IL2 game skin by C6 F6F-3 RN 800NAS E-T JV146 HMS Emperor 1944
  IL2 game skin by C6 F6F-3 RN 800NAS E-T JV146 HMS Emperor 1944 V0A

  This skinpack contains 10 differents airplanes of 800 and 804 NAS (5 of each) at the time they were engaged aboard the HMS Emperor over Norway. April-May 1944.
Airplanes list: The present list contains three sub-categories. Aces airplanes, historically accurate. Historical airplanes depicts airplanes shown on photos, but when nothing précised the serial may be considered as plausible. May-Be Airplanes, are plausible airplanes with possible tactical markings, and correct serial according to the batch. (Contract No Noa(S)-846 Jv100 to Jv221.) Their presence in the pack is due to the fact that 10 airplanes were embarked on the HMS Emperor. The .bmp files are marked with an "x" to differentiate them.
Aces Airplanes:
JV125 E-O (804 NAS) flown by Lt Cdr Stan G Orr.
JV132 E-F (800 NAS) flown by Lt B Ritchie.
Historical Airplanes:
JV146 E-T (800 NAS) (serial unknown)
JV106 E-K (800 NAS) (serial unknown, appears on a HMS emperor deck photo.)
JV145 E-L (804 NAS) (serial appears on several sources, and in some with this tactical mark.)
JV105 E-W (804 NAS) (as indicated in the Osprey "Royal Navy Aces of WW2" p. 63)
May-Be Airplanes:
JV140 E-D (800 NAS)
JV119 E-C (800 NAS)
JV121 E-J (804 NAS)
JV104 E-R (804 NAS)
Historical Airplanes:
JV146 E-T (800 NAS) (serial unknown)
JV106 E-K (800 NAS) (serial unknown, appears on a HMS emperor deck photo.)
JV145 E-L (804 NAS) (serial appears on several sources, and in some with this tactical mark.)
JV105 E-W (804 NAS) (as indicated in the Osprey "Royal Navy Aces of WW2" p. 63)
May-Be Airplanes:
JV140 E-D (800 NAS)
JV119 E-C (800 NAS)
JV121 E-J (804 NAS)
JV104 E-R (804 NAS)
Little historical situation:On 3 April 1944, the first raid against German battleship "Tirpitz" began. The 800 & 804 NAS Hellcats were on escort duty. Their commander, Lt Cdr Stan Orr thought they could be able to do much more damages to the ship if they carried bombs. No enemy aircraft were spotted on this day. (800 NAS escorted the first raid, and 804 the second.) In May the both squadrons and their carrier were used to attack enemy shipping.
On the 8 May,the Hellcats were engaged by Luftwaffe 109 and 190 near the Gossen Island. Although the enemy aircraft had superior speed, two Messerschmitt and one Focke-Wulf were shot down. The 190 fell to Ritchie's guns.
On the 9 May, Emperor's Hellcats were equipped with bombs, looking for enemy shipping near Gossen Island. They only found two Bv-138's which were intern destroyed by the Hellcat's escort; the 898 NAS Wildcats. As no ships were spotted the Hellcats engaged in various land target of opportunity. One aircraft was lost to flak as a result.
On the 14 May, the 800 and 804 Hellcats were attacking ships near Rorvik. As they were running to target, 800 NAS spotted 5 He-115. The German tried to alight on the water, but little success. Two of them were shot down before they could land. One was shot down by Lt B. Ritchie. The three others were then strafed. Lt Cdr Stan Orr shared the sinking of one of them, and set another on fire.) One Hellcat was lost, damaged by He-115's return fire, the pilot had to bale out on the return leg and was unfortunately never seen again. Those were the last Hellcat success against Luftwaffe land based aircraft. Later both squadrons were sent to help cover the Normandy landings. C6 Martel C6.Martel@gmail.comhttp://www.mission4today.com

  IL2 game skin by KF F6F-3 RN 800NAS E-T JV146 DD Emperor 1944
  IL2 game skin by KF F6F-3 RN 800NAS E-T JV146 DD Emperor 1944 V0A-0C
  IL2 game skin by KF F6F-3 RN 800NAS E-T JV183 Museum

  Photo 01: F6F-3 RN 800NAS E-T JV183 Museum. This skin is based on Tom Friedkin's F6F-3 Hellcat based at The Air Museum Planes of Fame Chino Airport, CA. Royal Navy Hellcat's (F6F-3) from 800 squadron were involved in escorting Barracuda attacks on the German battleship Tirpitz from April to August 1944 in Alta Fjord, Norway. One of these operations, on 8 May 1944, the Luftwaffe fighters flew up to protect the battleship. Some of the 800 squadron Hellcats from HMS Emperor went to attack the German aircraft and shot down 1 Fw-190 and two Bf-109G fighters. The Hellcats suffered one loss to the Luftwaffe and another to anti-aircraft fire. Sub Lt. B. Richie claimed the Focke-Wulf and went on to claim a total of 6 kills, becoming one of only a few Royal Navy Hellcat aces. KF Kristorf kristorf576@btinternet.com

  IL2 game skin by RO F6F-3 RN 800NAS E-T JV146 DD Emperor 1944
  IL2 game skin by RO F6F-3 RN 800NAS E-T JV146 DD Emperor 1944 V0A

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    Bibliography:

  • Barrett Tillman, Hellcat: The F6F in World War II, Naval Institute Press, 1979
  • David McCampbell article from National Aviation Hall of Fame website
  • Edward Sims, Greatest Fighter Missions, Harper and Brothers, 1962 - This sequel includes U.S. Navy and Marine Corps pilots
  • Barrett Tillman, Hellcat Aces of World War 2, Osprey

    Magazine References: +

  • Airfix Magazines (English) - http://www.airfix.com/
  • Avions (French) - http://www.aerostories.org/~aerobiblio/rubrique10.html
  • FlyPast (English) - http://www.flypast.com/
  • Flugzeug Publikations GmbH (German) - http://vdmedien.com/flugzeug-publikations-gmbh-hersteller_verlag-vdm-heinz-nickel-33.html
  • Flugzeug Classic (German) - http://www.flugzeugclassic.de/
  • Klassiker (German) - http://shop.flugrevue.de/abo/klassiker-der-luftfahrt
  • Le Fana de L'Aviation (French) - http://boutique.editions-lariviere.fr/site/abonnement-le-fana-de-l-aviation-626-4-6.html
  • Le Fana de L'Aviation (French) - http://www.pdfmagazines.org/tags/Le+Fana+De+L+Aviation/
  • Osprey (English) - http://www.ospreypublishing.com/
  • Revi Magazines (Czech) - http://www.revi.cz/

      Web References: +

  • History of RAF Organisation: http://www.rafweb.org
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F4U Corsair
  • http://warbirdregistry.org/corsairregistry/corsairregistry.html
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/

This webpage was updated 20th March 2018