Own an authentic piece of this historic F6F-3 Hellcat.
Built in mid-1943, this Grumman F6F-3 (08974) was among the very first of the type to be sent to war, being assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-3) on August 2nd, 1943. While conducting flight operations off of New Caledonia on August 26th, this aircraft crashed and was written off. Its remains were recovered from Espiritu Santo in 1980, and returned to the United States in 2019.
This aluminum fragment retains most of its well-preserved upper-surface Navy blue paint, and was part of the portside wing. It's combined with Ron Cole's original painting of this aircraft in flight, with her carrier, the Saratoga, in the distance. All are nicely presented in a black 11 x 17 inch frame - ready to hang.
Signed and numbered. Very limited.