USN Marine Fighting (Night) Squadron VMF(N)-511 emblemUSN Marine Fighting (Night) Squadron VMF(N)-511

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat MCVG 1 White 92 aboard CVE-106 USS Block Island II May 1945 01

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat MCVG 1 White 92 aboard CVE-106 USS Block Island II May 1945 0A

Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat VMF(N)-511 IM White 92 CVE-106 USS Block Island April 1945 0A

Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat VMF(N)-511 IM White 92 CVE-106 USS Block Island April 1945 0B

Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat VMF(N)-511 IM White 92 CVE-106 USS Block Island April 1945 0C

Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat VMF(N)-511 Red FN29 aboard CVE-106 USS Block Island II 4th Feb 1945 01

Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat VMF(N)-511 White 24 CVE-106 USS Block Island April 1945 0A

Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat VMF(N)-511 White 88 CVE-106 USS Block Island April 1945 01

Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat VMF(N)-511 White 24 CVE-106 USS Block Island April 1945

USS Enterprise (CV-6) was damaged by two Kamikaze aircraft that hit water inches away from her hull onApril 11, 1945. She carried CAG(N)-90 on her deck at that time. VF(N)-90, equipped with nightfighter Hellcats, was a part of this carrier air group. F6F-5N Hellcat 'White 24' rested on the fligh deck at the time of the suicide attack and was damaged by flames. White arrow on the tail was carried by Big E aircraft from January 27, 1945 to July 27, 1945. VF(N)-90´s first combat occured on January 6, 1945. By May 14, 1945, when Big E was hit and badly damaged by Kamikazes yet again, the squadron downed 36 Japanese aircraft. After this date, Enterprise was forced to leave the combat zone and sail to the east for repairs.

Dne 11. dubna 1945 byla letadlové loď USS Enterprise (CV-6) zasažena výbuchy dvou japonských sebevražedných strojů. V té době nesla na palubě také noční leteckou skupinu CAG(N)-90. Její součástí byla i noční stíhací VF(N)-90. Hellcat "24" byl během útoku Kamikaze zasažen plameny. Bílá šipka na ocasní ploše a křídle identifikuje letadla vzlétající z paluby Enterprise. Používána byla v období od 27. ledna 1945 do 27. července 1945. První bojové střetnutí prodělali letci VF(N)-90 dne 6. ledna 1945. Z paluby Enterprise působila tato jednotka až do 14. května 1945, kdy byla Big E opět zasažena Kamikaze a rozsáhlá poškození ji donutila odplout k opravám. Během této doby sestřelila 36 letadel

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Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat VMF(N)-511 IM White 92 CVE-106 USS Block Island April 1945

The first aircraft carrier to have a US Marine Corps nightfighter unit assigned to it was USS Block Island (CVE-106). VMF-511 embarked on Block Island in March, 1945, and was a mixed group of eight Corsairs, two photorecce F6F-5P Hellcats and eight F6F-5N Hellcat nightfighters. The squadron joined the battle for Okinawa on May 10, 1945 and was consequently sent to the eastern coast of Borneo to support landing operations at Balikpapan. The first and only success came on July 3, 1945 when 1stLt. Bruce Reuter shoot down an E13A "Jake" floatplane. The Hellcat nicknamed 'Butch' was one of eight VMF-511 nightfigher Hellcats aboard Block Island. The White block with Blue 'I' is a carrier indentification symbol, while the small Blue 'M' signifies the USMC.

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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