Flight deck crew of USS Yorktown extending the wing of a Hellcat fighter, Oct 1943-Apr 1944

Caption   Flight deck crew of USS Yorktown extending the wing of a Hellcat fighter, Oct 1943-Apr 1944 ww2dbase
More on...   
F6F Hellcat   Main article  Photos  
Yorktown (Essex-class)   Main article  Photos  
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 7 Sep 2006

This photograph has been scaled down; full resolution photograph is available here (804 by 546 pixels).

Did you enjoy this photograph or find this photograph helpful? If so, please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this photograph with your friends:


Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds

Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
1 May 2008 01:27:36 PM

This F6F was with VF-5 aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-10 - Essex-Class) in late 1943 or early 1944.
2. ChrisJ says:
24 Nov 2009 03:22:18 PM

Picture Air_Hellcat4 caption reads that it could be off of Yorktown or Enterprise. Hellcats didn't reach the Fleet until after we lost Yorktown at Midway. Essex class Yorktown would have had Hellcats though.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
14 Aug 2010 10:30:20 PM

Did You Know...

The Navy's 10,000th F6F-5 Hellcat, served with VFB-87,aboard CV-14 USS Ticonderoga Jun. 1945
4. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
29 Jun 2012 11:37:58 AM


Grumman got the idea for the folding wing design to fold against the fuselage from an
eraser and a paper clip.


Grumman took an eraser and used it, as the fuselage of the plane. Then he took two paper clips for the wings and bent out the short end of each of the clips, so that it was perpendicular to the body of the paper clip.
He stuck the short ends into the eraser until he found the right angle and position at which the clip, when twisted to the vertical position, would also fold back against the eraser.
It worked! all that was necessary now was the engineering to design the folding wing mechanism, make it strong and fail-safe.

This principle was used on the F4F Wildcat the F6F Hellcat and the TBF Advenger.


The folding wing design is still used today on carrier-based US Navy aircraft that are built by Grumman.
5. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
30 Jun 2012 08:18:59 AM

Oops! sorry misspelled Avenger, sometimes I type too fast.
Did you know the Royal Navy were supplied 1,000 TBMs, under lend-lease and were named Tarpon Mk.1s, later the British renamed them Avenger Mk.1s these aircraft operated in both the Altantic and Pacific theaters during WWII.
After the war the Royal Navy continued to use the TBM, until 1955! replaced with the Fairey Gannet anti-submarine warfare and
patrol bomber.

The TBM-3s were armed w/2x.50 caliber wing mounted machine guns w/335rpg, 1x.50 caliber
turret mounted machine gun w/400rpg and 1x.30 caliber machine gun w/500rounds and was mounted in the rear belly position.
1xMk.13 torpedo or 2000lbs of bombs or depth charges and 8x5in under-wing mounted rockets.
For more info, click to the TBF/TBM Avenger here at ww2db

All visitor submitted comments are opinions of those making the submissions and do not reflect views of WW2DB.

Posting Your Comments on this Topic

Your Name
Your Email
 Your email will not be published
Comment Type
Your Comments
Security Code


Note: We hope that visitor conversations at WW2DB will be constructive and thought-provoking. Please refrain from using strong language. HTML tags are not allowed. Your IP address will be tracked even if you remain anonymous. WW2DB site administrators reserve the right to moderate, censor, and/or remove any comment. All comment submissions will become the property of WW2DB.

Search WW2DB & Partner Sites
Random Photograph

German escort ship F9, 1939

Famous WW2 Quote
"Goddam it, you'll never get the Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!"

Captain Henry P. Jim Crowe, Guadalcanal, 13 Jan 1943