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F4F4 Flown by Machinist Mate, Donald Runyon

Machinist Mate 1st/class Donald Runyon flew this Wildcat as part of VF6 off USS Enterprise in 1942. He was originally assigned to VF-2, “Flying Chiefs” as a non-commissioned pilot. He was eventually commissioned as a LT/jg in 1943 with an effective date of 6/7/42. He is credited with 11 confirmed victories and received the Navy Cross. He remained in the Navy and retired as a Commander in 1955. He passed away on Chistmas day in 1984.

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4 responses to F4F4 Flown by Machinist Mate, Donald Runyon

  1. great stories of great people…i love the fact that you didn’t beat the paint job all to heck like everybody thinks they have to on a wildcat

  2. Great Cat Frank very cool history for this one

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