British Wildcat fighter of the No 846 Squadron Fleet Air Arm in flight over the coast of Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, 26 Jun 1944

Caption   British Wildcat fighter of the No 846 Squadron Fleet Air Arm in flight over the coast of Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, 26 Jun 1944 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseImperial War Museum
Identification Code   4700-01 A 24529
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F4F Wildcat   Main article  Photos  
Photos on Same Day 26 Jun 1944
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 8 May 2008
Licensing  Crown Copyright / Public Domain. According to the Crown Copyright laws of the United Kingdom, copyright protection has expired for photographs created prior to 1 Jun 1957.

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Alan Chanter says:
30 Jun 2010 04:20:24 PM

The British called this model Martlet, but only until 1944. US-built aircraft in British service adopted their American names to avoid confusion between the Allies. As the aircraft in this picture wore Invasion stripes, it was therefore correct to call it a Wildcat.
2. Corey C. Jordan says:
30 Jun 2010 04:48:22 PM

That fighter is, specifically, a Wildcat MK.V (USN FM-1), originally delivered as a Martlet Mk. V. Note the vertical antenna mast, a characteristic of very late production run FM-1s. When the FM-2 (Wildcat Mk.VI) went into production, it retained the vertical mast. All F4F versions and most FM-1s had a sharply angled mast (angled forward).

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