Navy Serial Number Search Results


BuNo Criteria: 41715
Data last updated: Tue Mar 15 09:36:28 2016
141668 ... 141727
Grumman F9F-8P Cougar
Model G-99.  Redesignated RF-9J in 1962
141675 (MSN 8) assigned civilian registration of N9256 and transferred in
1999 to Global Aeronautical Museum, Tucson, AZ.  Later at town of Buckeye, AZ.  On display in
Yanks Air Museum, Chino, California Nov 2009.
141683 on loan to FAA National Aviation Facilities Experimental Center [NAFEC-14], Atlantic City, NJ as N473 
registered Feb 13, 1962, cancelled Nov 14, 1963
141688 at Johnsville NAS in 1961.
141690 (VF-32) flamed out shortly after takeoff from NAS Cecil Field Jun 24, 1957.  Pilot ejected safely
141694 on loan to FAA National Aviation Facilities Experimental Center (NAFEC-15) as N474
141702 put on display at USS Midway Museum, San Diego, CA in 2007.  
141722 (MSN 55) at MCAS El Toro, CA. Now on display at Flying
Leathernecks Museum, Miramar, CA
39999 ... 43137 (EXACT MATCH)
Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat
Model G-50
40013 destroyed on ground by crashing PB4Y-1 38766 Aug 9, 1944, Eniwetok.
40037 in midair collision with F6F-3 40038 during night flying practice out of NAS Kahului, Maui,
Hawaii Nov 25, 1943.  Pilot survived.
40038 in midair collision with F6F-3 40037 during night flying practice out of NAS Kahului, Maui,
Hawaii Nov 25, 1943.  Pilot killed.
40111/40120 to Royal Navy as Hellcat I JV100/JV109
40113 (JV102) crashed near HMS Emperor Aug 22, 1944 after pilot
bailed out when one undercarriage leg failed to lower.
Pilot rescued.
40118 (JV107) crashed of Smolen Island, Norway May 8, 1944 after
pilot bailed out when aircraft was damaged by enemy
fighters.  Pilot subsequently drowned.
40151 bought by Uruguayan Naval Aviation / Aviación Naval Uruguaya.  Refurbished by Cobell Industries and delivered 1952. 
Ferried to Fort Worth, TX, departing Mar 28, 1952 from the Uruguyuan Naval Base at Capitan Corbeta CA Curbelo 
International Airport, Punta del Este, Uruguay, arriving Apr 22, 1952
40266/40285 to Royal Navy as Hellcat I JV110/JV119
40266 (JV110) fell over side into sea while taxying on HMS Emperor
Aug 22, 1944.  Pilot rescued.
40421/40430 to Royal Navy as Hellcat I JV120/JV129
40427 (JV126) after shooting down Ju 52 on approach to Maleme
Oct 4, 1944, aircraft suffered undercarriage failure,
forcelanded in Turkey and was SOC.
40467 (MSN A-1733) reported in 1969 at Victory Air Museum, Mundelein, IL.  Was flown by Lt Alex
Vraciu of VF-6 aboard USS Intrepid (CV-11) in mid-1944. Lt Vraciu scored 19 aerial victores, 9 while
flying this aircraft.  Plane marked as 40467 flown by Fighter Collection and registered as G-BTCC is 
really BuNo 80141.
40597/40605 to Royal Navy as Hellcat I JV130/JV139
40599 (JV133) made belly landing near Stretton Mar 24, 1944.  Pilot
survived but aircraft DBR
40601 (JV135) returned to HMS Emperor from operation off Norway
May 14, 1944 with undercarriage jammed halfway.  Pilot bailed
out but drowned, and aircraft crashed into sea.
40631 destroyed on ground by crashing PB4Y-1 38766 Aug 9, 1944, Eniwetok.
40671 (VF-5, USS Yorktown) downed W of Saipan Feb 22, 1944
40713 destroyed on ground by crashing PB4Y-1 38766 Aug 9, 1944, Eniwetok.
40771/40780 to Royal Navy as Hellcat I JV140/JV149
40771 (JV140) crashed into sea after attacking oil tanks at Khjen,
Norway May 9, 1944 while operating from HMS Emperor.  Pilot
bailed out was never found
40773 (JV142) while landing on HMS Indomitable Jul 24, 1944, caught
no 4 wire which parted, aircraft went through two barriers and
fell overboard into sea.  Pilot rescued.
40775 (JV144) bounced when landing on HMS Khedive Apr 10, 1945, missed
wires, floated over barrier into parked Hellcats JV298 (58996) 
and JW719 (70034) and went overboard into sea.  Pilot and
three seamen on deck killed.
40777 (JV146) spun in off steep turn and crashed at Black Abbey,
Northern Ireland Jul 2, 1944.  Pilot killed.
40778 (JV147) while landing on HMS Emperor May 6, 1944, hook pulled
out and aircraft collided with island of carrier.  DBR.
40780 (JV149) shot down in flames by flak Oct 11, 1944 while attacking
enemy shipping in Euripo Channel, Greece.  Pilot killed.
40860 (NOTS) fired rocket exploded on starboard wing and crashed into Salton Sea, CA Jun 20 1944.  Pilot killed
40946/40955 to Royal Navy as Hellcat I JV150/JV159
40946 (JV150) crashed into mountainside at Kaafjord, Norway Aug 22, 1944
while flying through smokescreen during attack on flak sites
in support of operation against battleship Tirpitz.  Pilot killed.
40949 (JV153) failed to pull out from attack on train near Befiers
Aug 22, 1944.  Struck ground and exploded.  Pilot killed
40954 (JV158) while landing on HMS Indomitable Aug 23, 1945, caught
no 3 wire but wires malfunctioned and aircraft went over side
into sea.  Pilot killed
40971 destroyed on ground by crashing PB4Y-1 38766 Aug 9, 1944, Eniwetok.
41022 in taxi collision Sep 6, 1945 at NAS Melbourne, FL
41069 destroyed on ground by crashing PB4Y-1 38766 Aug 9, 1944, Eniwetok.
41106 ditched in Klamath Lake, OR Apr 19, 1945.  Pilot rescued.  Aircraft heavily
damaged but recovered.
41121/41130 to Royal Navy as Hellcat I JV160/JV169
41122 (JV161) collided with Hellcat JV166 (41127) and crashed during
exercise from Stretton Mar 15, 1944.  Pilot killed.
41127 (JV166) collided with Hellcat JV161 (41122) and crashed during
exercise from Stretton Mar 15, 1944.  Pilot killed.
41306/41325 to Royal Navy as Hellcat I JV170/JV189
41310 (JV174) crashed near Magilligan Point Range Aug 2, 1945
when failed to pull out from strafing run.  Pilot killed
41312 (JV176) made wheels-up landing 1 mi NE of Greencastle,
Eire Jun 24, 1945 after fuel system problem.  Recovered
and transported by road to Northern Ireland Jul 6, 1945,
subsequently to Shorts at Belfast for repair, but declared
DBR after examination and w/o.
41314 (JV178) collided with Hellcat JV194 (previous BU uncertain)
during dummy attack on HMS Formidable Aug 3, 1944 and
crashed into sea.  Pilot killed.
41315 (JV179) went into barrier and aircraft park when landing
on HMS Emperor Nov 3, 1944 and SOC.
41318 (JV182) crashed following collision with Hellcat
FN376 (25784) during exercise from Eglinton May 18, 1944.
Pilot killed.
41321 (JV185) curing operation over Norwegian coast from HMS
Indefatigable Aug 24, 1944, was seen spinning and emitting
smoke before crashing into Sakhovarre Mountain.  Pilot killed.
41436 (F6F-3K) drone aircraft with check pilot onboard on final dove into water and 
burned Jun 9, 1946.  Pilot lost
41472 destroyed on ground by crashing PB4Y-1 38766 Aug 9, 1944, Eniwetok.
41476 was on display at MCAS Quantico, VA.  In 2009 at Evergreen
Air Museum.
41525 (VF-20) crashed into Koolau Mountains 4 miles from Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii during
practice rocket run Jun 15, 1944.  Pilot killed.  Two days
later the crash site was located and items and remains from the
wreckage were collected and buried at the site.  Human remains
were found in soil recovered from the site Sept 2006.
41530 destroyed on ground by crashing PB4Y-1 38766 Aug 9, 1944, Eniwetok.
41572 (VBF-98) crashed at sea off Makassar Straight CVE-91 9/12/1945.  Pilot killed.
41621 (VF-18, USS Independence) lost at sea along with 58254 from USS Intrepid while
returning from attack mission near Luzon, Philippines Oct 29, 1944.  Following
attack on Clark Field, the planes returned to the carrier group and encountered a
severe storm.  Aircraft were waved off and instructed to circle.  58254 radioed
that 41621 was with him and that they were making a water landing.  Neither
aircraft nor pilots were ever seen again.
41637 (VF9N) overshot landing at NAAS Kingsville, TX Sept 1, 1945 and nosed over.  Pilot OK.
41638 (VF-87, USS Charger) missed landing Oct 15, 1944, went over the portside.  Tail section
caught in the catwalk, but font of the aircraft broke off and fell into water and sank.
Pilot escaped without injury.
41691 destroyed on ground by crashing PB4Y-1 38766 Aug 9, 1944, Eniwetok.
41704 (VF-8) disappeared along with 66033 while on training flight  Sep 27, 1944.  Believed
to have been mid-air collision.
41834 (MSN A-3100) Served with VF-15 on USS Hornet, later VF-3 where it sustained damage in a wheels-up
landing at NAS Barbers Point, HI.  After repair assigned o VF-83 where it was used in a training
role until Feb 21, 1945.  After numerous transfers converted to F6F-3K target drone and painted red.  Used
in support of Operation Crossroads series of nuclear tests in the Pacific.  Transferred to NAS Norfolk
and made last flight Mar 25, 1947.   Assigned to National Air Museum Nov 3, 1948 and moved to storage 
in 1960 at the Paul Garber Restoration Facility, Suitland MD.  Loaned to USS Yorktown Museum at Charleston,
South Carolina in 1976.  Returned to NASM Mar 16, 1982.  In 1983 sent to Grumman Aerospace for complete
restoration.  In 1985 shipped back to the Garber Restoration and Storage Facility.  Noted
Dec 2005 in Udvar-Hazy faciliy of NASM, Chantilly, VA
41851 (WF-9) stalled during landing at Valkaria Satellite Field 9/7/1945.
41872 crashed in training accident near Covelo, CA Mar 20, 1945.  Pilot killed.
41903 destroyed on ground by crashing PB4Y-1 38766 Aug 9, 1944, Eniwetok.
41930 (MSN A-3196) became N6096C.  Later became N103V.  Reported 1981 at Champlin
Fighter Museum, Mesa, AZ.  Noted as N30FG at Planes of Fame Jan 13, 2002.
42071 bought by Uruguayan Naval Aviation / Aviación Naval Uruguaya. Refurbished by Cobell Industries and delivered 1952. 
Ferried Fort Worth, TX, departing Mar 28, 1952 from the Uruguyuan Naval Base at Capitan Corbeta CA Curbelo 
International Airport, Punta del Este, Uruguay, arriving Apr 22, 1952.
42153 (VF-100) while on routine night formation flight over Oahu TH. from Barber's Point NAS entered overcast 
and was not seen  again 23 Jun 23, 1945. Burning wreckage spotted after daylight in the rugged
Ko'olau mountain range 7 miles from the Kahuku airfield.  Land party was able to reach the wreckage after 3 days
of trailblazing.  Aircraft was completly destroyed.  Due to the extreme terrain and climate, pilot's remains 
were buried at the scene.
42167 crashed off USS Solomons 15 January 1946
42181 destroyed on ground by crashing PB4Y-1 38766 Aug 9, 1944, Eniwetok.
42332/42344 to Royal Navy as Hellcat I JV186/JV208
42339 (JV203) broke up in air following flak hit during attack
on battleship Tirpitz in Kaafjord, Norway Aug 24, 1944.  Pilot killed.
42340 (JV204) hook knocked off on rounddown while landing on
HMS Speaker Dec 18, 1944, went into barrier and overturned.
Declared DBR.
42393 destroyed on ground by crashing PB4Y-1 38766 Aug 9, 1944, Eniwetok.
42394 (VF-29, USS Cabot) destroyed in carrier landing Oct 29, 1944.  Pilot suffered serious
burns in ensuing fire.
42537 destroyed on ground by crashing PB4Y-1 38766 Aug 9, 1944, Eniwetok.
42598 (VF-28) lost off deck of USS Monterey (CVL-26) in typhoone in Philippine Sea Dec 18, 1944.
42623 crashed Hilton, California Jun 9, 1944.  Pilot killed.
42692 (VF-13, USS Franklin) lost due to faulty catapult shot SW Pacific Oct 29, 1944.  Pilot killed.
42732 in midair collision with 42981 near Point Arena, CA, Jul 18, 1944.  Both pilots parachuted to safety.
42746 collided with tail of B-25 during ferry flight and crashed 5 mi N of Rodeo, NM.  Pilot bailed out but
did not survive the jump.
42782 with CASU-6 was involved in an accident at NAS China Lake during emergency landing Jul 22, 1944.  
Pilot suffered skull fracture when sholder straps parted on impact. 
Ditched during carrier qualifications Sep 30, 1944 125 mi SE of 
Nantucket Island.  Pilot survived.  Aircraft located by submarine *Alvin* Sep 24, 1968.  
42845/42857 to Royal Navy as Hellcat I JV209/JV221
42850 (JV214) crashed and burned out 2 mi N of Armoy, Northern
Ireland Oct 16, 1944 after tail cut off by Hellcat
FN405 (26058) while flying in box formation in cloud.
Pilot killed.
42857 (JV221) dove into ground, caught fire, and burned out
2 mi S of Puttalam vilage during dive bombing
demonstration May 4, 1945.  Pilot killed.
42874 ssigned to NACA Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, NAS Moffett Field, CA, later the NASA Ames 
Research Center  Jun 22, 1945 until Sep 9, 1960 as NACA 158 for variable stability research.
Modified for variable stability use. In 1948, the aircraft was modified by Ames engineers 
to become the world's first variable stability aircraft. Used for generalized studies of 
lateral-directional flying qualities criteria and as an in-flight simulator for new aircraft 
under development.  Now on display at the San Diego Air Museum.
43014 reported May 2006 to be under restoration at Fantasy of Flight,
Polk City, FL
43066 bought by Uruguayan Naval Aviation / Aviación Naval Uruguaya. Refurbished by Cobell Industries and delivered 
1952 as A-453.   Ferried to Fort Worth, TX, departing Mar 28, 1952 from the Uruguyuan Naval Base at Capitan Corbeta CA 
Curbelo International Airport, Punta del Este, Uruguay, arriving Apr 22, 1952.
43102 destroyed on ground by crashing PB4Y-1 38766 Aug 9, 1944, Eniwetok.
43112 (VF-44) damaged by AAA and ran out of fuel while returning from mission Nov 14, 1944.
Landed in water and pilot was rescued.

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