Ensign Ardon R. Ives of Fighting-Bombing Squadron VBF-9 crashed his F6F-5 Hellcat through the barrier on USS Lexington (Essex-class) and ruptured the center-line fuel tank, Feb 1945, western Pacific. Photo 6 of 7

Caption   Ensign Ardon R. Ives of Fighting-Bombing Squadron VBF-9 crashed his F6F-5 Hellcat through the barrier on USS Lexington (Essex-class) and ruptured the center-line fuel tank, Feb 1945, western Pacific. Photo 6 of 7 ww2dbase
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Identification Code   80-G-268191
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Photos at Same Place Pacific Ocean
Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 24 Jan 2014

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Mike C says:
13 Oct 2020 07:46:09 AM

in photo 6 it looks like he's got his seat with him, maybe that's why it took him so long to escape the plane ?
2. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
13 Oct 2020 12:32:31 PM

Mike C (above):
He is strapped into his parachute pack that also doubled as his seat cushion. Exiting the plane quickly with the parachute pack attached was part of the design, for obvious reasons, so even here that is what he did.
3. Mike C says:
14 Oct 2020 07:23:56 AM

Thanks'I forgot about that.I stand corrected.

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