Defending the ‘Canal’

Fighting around Guadalcanal, in the Pacific, northeast of Australia, was intense and it was there that the F4F Wildcat proved to be a tenacious and effective fighter. Warren E Thompson describes the action

Wildcat in Combat

A flight of F4F-4s over the coast of Guadalcanal in late 1942.

Three American fighter prototypes flew within 11 months of one another: the Brewster Buffalo in December 1937, the Grumman F4F Wildcat in September 1938 and, a month later, the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk. The Buffalo would have a brief and unsung combat career while the Grumman and Curtiss fighters were to achieve considerable fame.

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