U.S. Navy Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat bursts into flames during landing on USS Randolph. Another F6F gets caught in the flames
Pacific Ocean Date:1945, April 22 Duration:38 sec Sound:NO SOUND
U.S. Navy Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat fighter aircraft, from Squadron VF-12, with the number 59 painted on its fuselage, bursts into flames during landing on the deck of the aircraft carrier, USS Randolph (CV-15), in the Pacific near Okinawa. The F6F, piloted by Ensign Lowell Rund, experienced engine problems soon after takeoff and returned to the Randolph. As his F6F snags an arresting cable on the deck of the carrier, his centerline drop tank shackles fail and the 150 gallon fuel tank flies forward into the propeller, bursting into flames that engulf the aircraft. F6F-5 number 58, from the same squadron, gets caught in flames sweeping part of the flight deck of the Randolph. Firefighters carrying hose, respond. Other fire on flight deck seen in the background. They successfully rescue the pilot of number 58, who is seen on deck, as crew members help him remove his flight gear. (Not shown: Ensign Lowell Rund of number 59 was also rescued. He suffered third degree burns on his face and arms.)
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