At first a look at the aircraft carrier USS Ranger CV-4 ( Neptunmodel Nr.1315 ) before the start of WWII (for the US Navy).
In addition to the lightgrey "peacetime" paint we can see the still colourful aircrafts with green tails,
as markings for the Ranger. On the frontpart of the flight deck are bombers of type Vought SB2U-1 Vindicator standing.
Behind them are the more compact silhouettes of the new fighters Grumman F4F3 Wildcat, which is seen here on Ranger
in early 1941 they had their first appearence as carrier aircrafts.
In front of the carrierisland is standing a Vindicator with the markings of the Air Group Commander.
The type ship of a big class of aircraft carriers, the USS Essex/CV-9 ( Neptunmodel Nr.1310 )
is visible during the landing operations off the Mariana islands here on the 19.th of June 1944.
The Essex is on the point to launch her fighters of the type Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat of VF-15 squadron,
while at the rear end of the flight deck dive-bombers of type Curtis SB2D Helldiver
make ready for take-off. The ship is wearing the camouflage measure 32/6d, which was used only by the Essex in 1944.
|The starting Hellcat is the aircraft of the squadron leader|
Commander David S.McCampbell, the most successful fighterpilot
in the US-Navy in second world war.
|At that 19th June, 1944
300 interceptermissions were made by the 15 involved US-carriers and in cooperation with the ships anti-aircraftfire 242 japanese aircrafts were shot down. The Americans called that day "The Mariana Turkeyshot".
Also on its way in the pacific, the light Independence-Class aircraft carrier CVL-23 USS Princeton.
This type of carriers were converted from incompleted cruisers of the Cleveland-Class.
They were able to take 46 aircrafts on board.
The landing and parking fighters are Grumman F6F-3/5 Hellscats of VF-27, they used as Squadron markings
( outstanding )
a kind of shark-mouth or better bulldog mouth on their noses.
The Princeton ( Neptunmodel N 1311 ) wears in summer/autumn 1944, like here to see, the camouflage scheme 33/7A.
A long and prosperous operational escort aircraft carrier type were 4 the ships of the
Sangamon-Class, converted from fleet oilers.
Here is the CVE-29 USS Santee, short after her commissionning in measure 17 ( dazzle pattern design ),
off the northwestcoast of Afrika,in november 1942 during operation Torch.
The aircrafts ( in preparing for take-off ), are wearing yellow rings around the fuselage-markings specially for this operation. These aircrafts are Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless dive-bomber and Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat fighters from the squadrons VGS / VGF-26.
White chalkmarkings on the flightdeck shall give the pilots last informations after take-off.
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