American Wildcats of the Fleet Air Arm

The Grumman F4F Wildcat first flew seventy five years ago on 2 September 1937. The Wildcat was an American carrier-based fighter aircraft, but first saw active service in Europe in 1940.

At the end of 1939, Grumman received an order for 81 aircraft from the French navy, but following the fall of France in June 1940 the contract were taken over by Britain. The first aircraft entered service with the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm in August 1940 and were allocated to 804 Naval Air Squadron stationed at Hatson in the Orkney Islands. Continue reading “American Wildcats of the Fleet Air Arm”