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F4F-3 Wildcat, `White F-15`, Lt. Edward Henry "Butch" O`Hare, VF-3 USS Lexington, WWII February 1942 Display Model 

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John Jenkins Designs 1:30 ACE-215
F4F-3 Wildcat, `White F-15`, Lt. Edward Henry "Butch" O`Hare, VF-3 USS Lexington, WWII February 1942 Display Model
World War II

Historical Note:


**Figures, diorama accessories and Flight Stand sold separately.**

Lieutenant Commander Edward Henry "Butch" O'Hare (March 13, 1914 – November 26, 1943) was an American naval aviator of the United States Navy, who on February 20, 1942, became the Navy's first flying ace when he single-handedly attacked a formation of nine heavy bombers approaching his aircraft carrier. Even though he had a limited amount of ammunition, he managed to shoot down or damage several enemy bombers. On April 21, 1942, he became the first naval recipient of the Medal of Honor in World War II.

The Grumman F4F Wildcat is an American carrier-based fighter aircraft that began service with both the United States Navy and the British Royal Navy in 1940, where it was initially known by the latter as the Martlet. The F4F was Grumman’s first monoplane fighter design and was to prove to be one of the great naval fighter aircraft of World War 2. In 1939 Grumman were successful in obtaining a Navy order for 54 F4F-3’s. The RAF also received 81 F4F-3’s which were named the Martlet I. The initial deliveries to the US navy were in December 1940, with the first of the planes going to the USS Ranger, and USS Wasp. These were the only carriers which had the F4F-3’s when war broke out. First used in combat by the British in the North Atlantic, the Wildcat was the only effective fighter available to the United States Navy and Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during the early part of World War II in 1941 and 1942; the disappointing Brewster Buffalo was withdrawn in favor of the Wildcat and replaced as units became available. With a top speed of 318 mph (512 km/h), the Wildcat was outperformed by the faster 331 mph (533 km/h), more maneuverable, and longer-ranged Mitsubishi A6M Zero. However, the F4F's ruggedness, coupled with tactics such as the Thach Weave, resulted in a claimed air combat kill-to- loss ratio of 5.9:1 in 1942 and 6.9:1 for the entire war. Lessons learned from the Wildcat were later applied to the faster F6F Hellcat. While the Wildcat had better range and maneuverability at low speed, the Hellcat could rely on superior power and high speed performance to outperform the Zero. The Wildcat continued to be built throughout the remainder of the war to serve on escort carriers, where larger and heavier fighters could not be used.

**Please note: The undercarriage can be switched and the model placed on any of the jjDesigns Stands**

**Please Note: The retractable tail hook is on all F4F-3 models.**

Info: F4F-3 Wildcat, 'White F-15', Lt. Henry "Butch" O'Hare, VF-3 USS Lexington, WWII February 1942 Display Model

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  1. Off the Charts 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Jan 2019

    Once again JJDesign has done it again - this model fills the bill as the finest F4F-3 Wildcat on the market. The detail is all there to admire. BRAVO ZULU!!!