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F4F4 Flown by Machinist Mate, Donald Runyon

Machinist Mate 1st/class Donald Runyon flew this 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

  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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