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USAAF Ground Control in the Pacific

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  1. ww2instc

    ww2instc New Member

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    Hi everybody


    I'm new to this forum, and this is one of my first posts.
    I hope somebody can help me with some questions I have:

    - How did the uniform of a pilot of a Grumman F4F Wildcat in the Pacific looked like?
    - How many people were represented at the Ground Control / Base Command (in the Pacific), and what is the exact chain of command?
    - What was the exact procedure when they received a Maydaycall from a fighterplane? How would a conversation go, and what information would the pilot have to sent to Ground Control?

    I know these are a lot of questions, but I would be very gratefull if someone can help me with this.


    Thank you so much in advance for answering!!
     
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    These guys are all F4F aviators.
    Most of the shots are VF-11 either at NAS Maui before deploying to the Solomons in the spring of 1943 or actually at Fighter 1 at Guadalcanal. Guy standing by himself with the clipboard just returned from an engagement over the Russells where he was credited with 2 A6Ms. The other guy, by himself, leaning against an F4F, is an NAS Maui shot of Vern Graham, wingman of the clipboard man, who scored 5 A6Ms in the same action, all confirmed by various witnesses.
    Guy in the after Midway shot was in VF-3 off Yorktown during the battle and in VF-42, also off Yorktown from the June 1941 through the shuffle over to VF-3 at the end of May 1942. He's also the clipboard man. He's also the old guy, circa 1998, holding the side panels off the F4F he flew in VF-11.
     

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    ...ground control -- great and interesting question.....maybe it was something like calling for mortars or arty...I was in mortars [ many, many years ago ]
    first thing they would specify for mortars was:
    ... target: troops in open/troops in bunkers/tanks/vehicles/etc etc
    ...then they would give the map location/reference points
    ...then the type of shells to be used
    ....in over 40 years of reading WW2, I don't recall much on detailed ground control instructions....
     
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    ..forgive my unforgivable sin---should be ''rounds'' not ''shells'' ...sure, you can use ''shell''--but not in the USMC
     

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