From: Dismal Seepage Indiana
ORIGINAL: John 3rd
Nice sketch of Pennsylvania!
And the TBDs....! Those colours on the SBD doesn't fit with a Hellcat....does it?
The CL in the background implies this was the attempt to take out the picket boat that sighted the Doolittle raid a day early from the planned launch. The cruisers and the aircraft proved quite inept at hitting the small target (it didn't get quite that close to the CL!). Given how early in the war that was, it is conceivable that the various CV airgroups had a mix of models of aircraft aboard, perhaps with some still in peacetime paint scheme because they couldn't be spared for a few days for painting. The fighters would be Wildcats - which I assume is what you meant to type!
The dark blue fighter in the left of the picture looks more like a Hellcat to me. That is why I reacted. I may be wrong. No Hellcats in service at Doolittle's raid.
The fighters are F4F Wildcats. Note the placement of the six guns. On the F6F they would all be together. Note the round cowling and barrel looking fuselage of the Wildcat, as opposed to the mre elliptical shape of the F6F, and as noted, the wings are mounted mid fuselage, whereas the F6F are near the bottom.
Not sen in the pic for the one on the left is the fact the wheels retract into the fuselage(as in the plane on the right), whereas the F6F wheels fold into the wings.
Nothing to do with the pic, the F6F is a very big plane...the size of the Republic P-47!...
The smaller F4F is why they were carried on the CVE's thruout the war, (F4F and FM models)...The Hellcat was just too damned big, lol.
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