Truk, the small atoll in the South Pacific, was the major anchorage for the Japanese Fleet. Comprising a magnificent harbor and four heavily defended airfields, it was thought impregnable by the US forces as they fought their way up through the Pacific. But on 16-17 February 1944 a violent two-day aerial assault by carrierborne aircraft of Task Force 58 exploded the myth. In just two days the US Navy flyers sunk over 200,000 tons of Japanese naval shipping and destroyed an estimated 275 enemy aircraft, totally eliminating all effectiveness of the Japanese base.

Hellcat Fury” by Robert Taylor.

Commemorating VJ-Day with some iconic American fighters!

- P-51D Mustang | Flew with Bod Tordoff out of England during WWII
- F6F-5 Hellcat | Used for Post-War Training
- P-47D Thunderbolt | Delivered to the USAAF 27 June ‘45, never saw combat.
- F8F Bearcat | Visiting us from Historic Flight Foundation.

Wanna see more of this stuff? Follow my snapchat @ lydrieal. Sorry in advance for the (not Grumman) cat pictures.


We’ll get this done. Crewmen on USS Monterey on the starboard wing of an F6F-5 Hellcat to keep it from tumbling off the flight deck, 1945.

“U.S. Navy Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat fighters of fighter squadron VF-5, Carrier Air Group Five (CVG-5), are readied for a strike against Marcus Island aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown(CV-10) on 31 August 1943. The “00” identifies this aircraft as the Hellcat of the Air Group Commander (CAG) of CVG-5, LtCdr. Jimmy Flatley. The F6F is painted in the new tricolor-scheme (certainly an “in the field” application). An Aviation Boatswain Mate stands ready to remove the chock from the wheels. A non-specular insignia white diagonal stripe on the tail and the green propeller hub identified CVG-5 aboard the Yorktown.”

(US Navy Photo)