Grumman F4F Wildcat in Color Part II

A nice aerial shot of an F4F-3 of VMF-121 in the overall light gray scheme authorized on 30DEC40.
More Marine F4F-3s, these carry the red cross markings for the Louisiana Wargames which were conducted from August to September of 1941.  The standard U.S. Army “C” ration, used throughout the Second World War and for many years afterward, was perfected using data gathered during the Louisiana Maneuvers.
Grumman F4F-4 and Douglas Dauntless dive bombers aboard the USS Wasp (CV-7).  Wasp was sunk by three torpedoes from the Japanese submarine I-19 on 15SEP42.  Her wreck was located in January by the RV Petrel on the seafloor at a depth of 14,255 feet (4,345 meters).
A formation of Wildcats in the Atlantic ASW Scheme I of Dark Gull Gray upper surfaces and Light Gull Gray sides over White undersurfaces.
An FM-2 Wildcat recovers aboard the escort carrier USS Charger (CVE-30) while another is waved off overhead.  Note the natural wood of the flightdeck is showing through where the Deck Blue stain has been worn away.  Charger operated primarily as a training carrier throughout the war.
Flight deck crewmen stand by to remove the chocks from a Royal Navy Martlet aboard HMS Formidable.
This Wildcat is in the Blue Gray over Light Gray scheme with national insignia authorized from 06MAY42.  The partial codes on the fuselage sides have been amended by removing the squadron identifiers for security reasons.
A fine study of a factory fresh Wildcat in the graded scheme.  This scheme is often mistakenly called the “three color scheme”, but in reality as many as five colors were used.
The same aircraft as in the previous photograph with the landing gear lowered.  The pilot raised and lowered the main gear manually using a hand crank on the right side of the cockpit.  The struts were positioned with gears and chain which resembled bicycle chains inside the wheel well.
The vastness of the Pacific.

Part I here: