USN Fighting Squadron VF-32 USN Fighting Squadron VF-32

Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat VF-32 White 12 LtJg Jerome D Keyser BuNo 42561 CVL-27 USS Langley 23rd Jul 1944 0A

Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat VF-32 White 13 Lt Richard H May BuNo 41595 CVL-27 USS Langley 29th Apr 1944 0A

Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat VF-32 White 17 Ens Brian E Phillion BuNo 42039 CVL-27 USS Langley 30th Aug 1944 0A

Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat VF-32 White 19 LtJg Joseph C Sultzer BuNo 41777 CVL-27 USS Langley 23rd Jul 1944 0A

Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat VF-32 White 19 Lt Richard H May BuNo 40326 CVL-27 USS Langley 29th Mar 1944 0A

Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat VF-32 White 1 Cdr Edward C Outlaw BuNo 41626 CVL-27 USS Langley April 1944 0A

Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat VF-32 White 2 LtJg Donald E Reeves BuNo 41746 CVL-27 USS Langley 11th Jun 1944 0A

Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat VF-32 White 3 Lt Malcolm N Wickendoll BuNo 41646 CVL-27 USS Langley 11th Jun 1944 0A

Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat VF-32 White 4 LtJg Richard T Barbor BuNo 41618 CVL-27 USS Langley 5th Aug 1944 0A

Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat VF-32 White 5 Lt Hollis Holly Hills BuNo 40315 CVL-27 USS Langley 30th April 1944 0A

Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat VF-32 White 5 Lt Hollis Holly Hills BuNo 40315 CVL-27 USS Langley 30th April 1944 0B

Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat VF-32 Lt Hollis 'Holly' Hills USS Langley April 30th 1944

F6F-3 BuNo.40326 No.19 flown by Lt Richard H. 'Dick' May of VF-32, USS Langley, 29 March, 1944 7 Kills 1 Betty In this Hellcat F6F-3 BuNo.41626 No.1 flown by Cdr Edward C. 'Eddie' Outlaw, CAG-32, USS Langley, April, 1944 6 Kills F6F-3 BuNo.41595 No.13 flown by Lt Richard H. 'Dick' May of VF-32, USS Langley, 29 April, 1944 7 Kills 3 Tonys & 3 probables In this Hellcat F6F-3 BuNo.41746 No.2 flown by Lt(jg) Donald E. 'Dagwood' Reeves of VF-32, USS Langley, 11 June, 1944 4 Kills F6F-3 BuNo.41646 No.3 flown by Lt Malcolm N. Wickendoll of VF-32, USS Langley, 11 June, 1944 F6F-3 BuNo.42561 No.12 flown by Lt(jg) Jerome D. Keyser of VF-32, USS Langley, 23 July, 1944 F6F-3 BuNo.41777 No.19 flown by Lt(jg) Joseph C. Sultzer of VF-32, USS Langley, 23 July, 1944 F6F-3 BuNo.41618 No.4 flown by Lt(jg) Richard T. Barbor of VF-32, USS Langley, 5 August, 1944 F6F-3 BuNo.42039 No.17 flown by Ens Brian E. Phillion of VF-32, USS Langley, 30 August, 1944

Web Reference http://www.markstyling.com/F6F.06.htm

Hollis 'Holly' Hills was, without a doubt, one of the most interesting Hellcat pilots. Hills began his military career with the Canadian air force. He became an aviator on June 22, 1941, the day that Hitler launched his attack on the Soviet Union. In August of the same year, he was transferred to England, and attached to No.414 Squadron, RCAF, with which, on August 19, 1942, he took part in the Dieppe landings, flying a Mustang Mk.I. At this time, he downed on Fw 190. On America's entry into the war, he entered the US Navy, where, as a member of VF-32, he took part in the battles for the Pacific. During the course of intense combat over Truk on April 29, 1944, in what became known as the 'Great Marianas Turkey Shoot', he downed three Japanese Zeros. On September 21st, 1944, in the vicinity of Manila, he gained his fifth and final kill of the war over the same type. On the completion of his tour with VF-32, he served with VF-150 and VC-97. He remained in the services of theUSNavy after the cessation of hostilities.

Hollis "Holly" Hills byl bezesporu jedním z nejzajímavějších pilotů Hellcatů. Hills začal svou válečnou kariéru v řadách kanadského letectva. Letcem se stal 22.června 1941, v den, kdy Hitler zahájil útok na Rusko. V srpnu téhož roku byl přesunut doAnglie a zařazen k 414. peruti RCAF, s níž se 19. 8. 1942, v kabině Mustangu Mk I, zúčastnil i pokusu o vylodění u Dieppe. Během něho sestřelil Fw 190. Po vstupu USA do války vstoupil do řad US NAVY a na palubě USS Langley se jako příslušník VF-32 účastnil bojů v Pacifiku. Během velkého leteckého souboje nad Trukem 29. dubna 1944, později nazvaném "the Great [Marianas] Turkey Shoot", dosáhl tří vítězství nad japonskými Zery. 21. září 1944 poblíž Manily zvítězil nad stejným typem znovu, čímž dosáhl svého pátého a posledního vítězství. Po ukončení túry u VF-32 sloužil i u VF-150 a VC-97. Ve službáchNAVYzůstal i po válce a posledního vítězství.

 Additional Information Eduard plastic models - http://www.eduard.com/

 Truk Lagoon, Micronesia Map

IL-2 Sturmovik Cliffs of Dover - COD/CLOD skins - No 3d model at this stage
 
IL2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles (FB), Ace Expansion Pack (AEP), Pacific Fighters (PF), 1946 skins
 
Chronology of the USN in WWII 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945

    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/
  • http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/ Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum New York NY
  • http://www.airzoo.org/ Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum Kalamazoo MI
  • http://www.lsfm.org/aircraft/hellcat.htm Lone Star Flight Museum Galveston TX
  • http://www.nasm.si.edu/nasm/aero/aircraft/grumman_f6f.htmNational Air and Space Museum Washington DC
  • http://www.naval-air.org/ National Museum of Naval Aviation AS Pensacola FL
  • http://www.neam.org/ New England Air Museum Windsor Locks CT
  • http://www.planesoffame.org Planes of Fame Air Museum Eden Prairie MN
  • http://users.ids.net/~qam/qam/ Quonset Air Museum North Kingston RI
  • http://www.aerospacemuseum.org/ San Diego Aerospace Museum North Kingston RI
  • http://www.planesoffame.org/ The Air Museum Planes of Fame Chino CA

This webpage was updated 20th March 2018