USN Fighting Squadron Six VF-9USN Fighting Squadron Six VF-9 Cat of Nines - Hellcats

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat VF-94 White 19 aboard CV-10 USS Yorktown 1945 0A

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat VF-94 White 23 ruptured fuel tank CV-16 USS Lexington Jul 1945 01

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat VF-94 White 28 aboard CV-16 USS Lexington 25th Feb 1945 01

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat VF-94 White 28 and 19 onboard CV-16 USS Lexington Jul 1945 01

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat VF-94 White 35 preparing to launch CV-10 USS Yorktown 1945 01

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat VF-94 White 39 aboard CV-16 USS Lexington 25th Feb 1945 01

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat VF-94 White 99 aboard CV-16 USS Lexington 14th Feb 1945 01

Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat VF-9 White 12 Lt. Hamilton McWhorter USS Essex November 1944

Hamilton 'Mac' McWhorter, as a member of VF-9, flew the first operational missions from the USS Ranger, in the cockpit of the F4F Wildcat without encountering any enemy aircraft. He made up for it flying the F6F Hellcat. VF-9, at the time flying off the carrier USS Essex, was the first unit to fly the type. McWhorter gained his first victory over Wake Island, followed by the next two over Rabaul on November 11th, then by another on November 18th over Tarawa, and again on the 19th of November, 1943. Thus, he became the first pilot on the Hellcat to attain the status of 'ace'. And so he continued on, until February 16th, 1944, when he achieved his tenth kill, becoming the first Navy pilot to gain the title of multiple ace.

Hamilton "Mac" McWhorter, příslušník VF-9, se zúčastnil prvních bojových operací z paluby USS Ranger již s typem F4F Wildcat nad Casablankou, aniž se setkal s letouny nepřítele. To si vynahradil na typu F6F Hellcat. VF-9, v té době působící z paluby letadlové lodi USS ESSEX, byla první jednotkou vybavenou tímto letounem. McWhorter dosáhl prvního vítězství během bojů u atolu Wake, dalších dvou dosáhl nad Rabaulem 11. listopadu. Následoval další 18. listopadu nad Tarawou, aby se 19. listopadu 1943 stal prvním pilotem, který s tímto typem docílil pěti sestřelů a tím statutu "esa".Atak pokračoval dál, dne 16. února 1944 dosáhl svého desátého vítězství a stal se prvním námořním pilotem, který nesl titul dvounásobné "eso".

 Additional Information Eduard plastic models -

VF-9 Tour of Duty:

From 1943/01 to 1944/03 CV-9 Essex CVG-9 36xF6F-3/5
From 1945/02 to 1945/03 CV-16 Lexington II CVG-9 F6F-5
From 1945/03 to 1945/05 CV-10 Yorktown II (Iceber) CVG-9 F6F5
From 1945/07 to 1945/08 CV-10 Yorktown CVG-9 F6F

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
  IL2 game skin by RO F6F-3 VF-9 7 USS Essex 1943
  IL2 game skin by RO F6F-3 VF-9 33 USS Essex 1943
  IL2 game skin by RO F6F-3 VF-9 33 USS Essex 1943 NM

  F6F-3 #33 of VF-9, Summer 1943. VF-9 operated from CV-9 USS Essex Jan 1943 to March and was part of the CVG-9 task force. This skin is 100% free for personal use. Please do not alter this skin for upload or incorporate elements of it into others without permission. Thanks. For user-made or free campaigns feel free to use any of my stuff. If you do, let me know so I can fly it. RN Ronnco

CVE-66 White Plains

Chronology of the USN in WWII 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945


  • 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) -
  • Avions (French) -
  • FlyPast (English) -
  • Flugzeug Publikations GmbH (German) -
  • Flugzeug Classic (German) -
  • Klassiker (German) -
  • Le Fana de L'Aviation (French) -
  • Le Fana de L'Aviation (French) -
  • Osprey (English) -
  • Revi Magazines (Czech) -

      Web References: +

  • History of RAF Organisation:
  • Corsair
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
  • Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum New York NY
  • Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum Kalamazoo MI
  • Lone Star Flight Museum Galveston TX
  • Air and Space Museum Washington DC
  • National Museum of Naval Aviation AS Pensacola FL
  • New England Air Museum Windsor Locks CT
  • Planes of Fame Air Museum Eden Prairie MN
  • Quonset Air Museum North Kingston RI
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum North Kingston RI
  • The Air Museum Planes of Fame Chino CA

This webpage was updated 20th March 2018