F6F-5 Hellcat BuNo 71632 being “surveyed” over the side of USS Hancock after flipping onto its back from a barrier crash on landing following a strike against Iwo Jima, 21 Feb 1945. The pilot was not hurt.

Caption   F6F-5 Hellcat BuNo 71632 being “surveyed” over the side of USS Hancock after flipping onto its back from a barrier crash on landing following a strike against Iwo Jima, 21 Feb 1945. The pilot was not hurt. ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy
Identification Code   80-G-304022
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Photos on Same Day 21 Feb 1945
Photos at Same Place Pacific Ocean
Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 30 Jan 2020

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
30 Mar 2020 10:52:25 PM

Special thanks to Tracy White at Researcher[at]Large for bringing this photograph to light. This aircraft was badly damaged in the crash but flight activities were so hectic with returning planes, there was no time to salvage parts from it before the deck was cleared of the airframe. Note the wood splinters on the flight deck at the lower left from where the propeller cut into the deck during the nose-over, the drag marks in the deck leading to the deck edge, the aircraft tugs acting as pushers. Note also some sort of debris floating past the ship to the right of the airplane and the patches in the flight deck in the lower right to cover damage sustained in an explosion one month earlier when a returning torpedo bomber with a loose bomb in its bomb-bay exploded after landing.

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