1/48 Eduard F6F-3, BuNo 40090, VF-1, Lt. William C Moseley, USS Yorktown, June, 1944.
This Hellcat, of VF-1 ‘High Hats’, was a replacement aircraft flown by Lt. Moseley, who lost his original mount in the Battle of the Philippine Sea on June 19th, 1944. On that day, he gained two confirmed victories and one probable, but in an attempt to land his damaged plane back on the deck of his carrier, it was lost overboard. This battle was part of intensive combat with the Japanese from May 29th to August 2, 1944, during which VF-1, flying off the USS Yorktown, claimed the destruction of some 100 aircraft in the air and over another sixty on the ground. The rather carelessly applied number ‘090’ (‘890’?) was left over from the transport of the airplane to the unit, and was supposed to have been replaced with the unit’s insignia. Unfortunately, it never came to that, as Lt Moseley was shot down over the Bonin Islands on July 4th, 1944, and was listed as MIA. His name appears on a memorial in Honolulu. The cowl of this aircraft was of the newer type, with two cooling flaps on either side of the cowl, but still with the exhaust fairing.