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Old 15th May 2020, 05:52
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the surviving F4F-3 wildcats of VMF-221

Good Evening
Another battle of Midway question:
what happened to the surviving USMC Grumman F4F-3 Wildcats of VMF-221 after the battle of Midway, when known what happened to the surviving Brewster Buffaloes they were sent back to the USA to the training command.
But what happened to the surviving Wildcats were they also sent back to the USA? for training as well or issued to other USMC fighter squadrons ?
here are the USN/USMC Bu No.4008,4000,3997,2532 and 1864.

Any leads or information will be helpful.
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Old 15th May 2020, 08:11
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Re: the surviving F4F-3 wildcats of VMF-221

http://www.joebaugher.com/navy_seria...ndseries1.html
1864 (VMF-215) lost at sea Feb 8, 1943
3997 (VC-21) attached to USS Nassau, lost at Attu May 11, 1942.
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Old 15th May 2020, 09:47
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Re: the surviving F4F-3 wildcats of VMF-221

Here are a few details:

1864 Crashed on take-off, Santa Barbara, 18Jan43, VMF215

2532 Crashed into sea off Oceanside, 12Dec42, VMF123

4000 Disappeared soon after night take-off, Santa Ana, 14Dec43, MAG-41
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Old 15th May 2020, 16:17
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Re: the surviving F4F-3 wildcats of VMF-221

There's a problem with No. 3997. Could it have been lost at Attu in 1943?
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Old 15th May 2020, 17:55
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Re: the surviving F4F-3 wildcats of VMF-221

From Nassau's Action Report it seems that this VMO155 F4F-3P crashed on landing off Attu on 11May43 and was jettisoned.

The mystery now is what happened to 4008
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