Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat – VMF-224 Fighting Bengals, US Marine Corps, Robert Galer, Guadalcanal, 1942 1/48
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Hobby Master 1/48 scale HA8905: Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat MF-I of VMF-224 Fighting Bengals, USMC, as flown by Robert Galer, Guadalcanal Island, 1942. Production run of only 500 pieces.
Length 7.25 inches Wingspan 9.25 inches
Brigadier General Robert Edward Galer (24 October 1913 – 27 June 2005) was a naval aviator in the United States Marine Corps. In May 1942, Galer assumed command of Marine Fighting Squadron 224 (VMF-224) and on 30 August 1942 led the squadron to Guadalcanal, where they became part of the Cactus Air Force. It was while in command of VMF-224 that Galer would be credited with 11 confirmed victories and be awarded the Medal of Honor and a rare British Distinguished Flying Cross for the same acts of heroism. He went on to command Marine Aircraft Group 12 during the Korean War and retired a few years after in 1957.
Designed to meet a US Navy requirement for a new carrier-based fighter, the F-4F was first flown on September 2nd, 1937. Originally used by the British (who called it the Martlet) against the Luftwaffe, the Wildcat also became the United States Navy’s primary carrier fighter in the Pacific Theatre. The Wildcat was no match for the maneuverability of the Japanese Zero, but the two airplanes were roughly equal in speed and the F-4F was able to absorb far more damage. With its array of 6 x 12.7mm machine guns and its distinctive Thach weave maneuver, two Wildcats could handle four or five Zeros.