F4F Wildcat Aces and the Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor Recipients Who Flew the F4F Wildcat

The Wildcat Project

Thanks to the generosity of the National Naval Aviation Museum and our partnership with the restoration team at the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the National Medal of Honor Museum will display a restored World War II-era Wildcat fighter (BuNo 57039) in its museum galleries.

The Air Zoo restoration team works on the main landing gear for the Wildcat fighter slated to be displayed at the National Medal of Honor Museum (NMOHM)

LCDR Jimmy Thach (F-1) and Medal of Honor recipient LT Butch O’Hare (F-13) flying F4F-3 Wildcat fighters (Navy History and Heritage)

Recommended Reading

  • The First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign by John Lundstrom
  • The First Team by John Lundstrom
  • Fateful Rendezvous: The Life of Butch O’Hare by Steve Ewing and John Lundstrom
  • Fly Boy Heroes: The Stories of the Medal of Honor Recipients of the Air War against Japan by James Hallas
  • Above and Beyond: The Aviation Medals of Honor by Barrett Tillman
  • A Proud American: The Autobiography of Joe Foss by Joe Foss
  • The Cactus Air Force: Air War Over Guadalcanal by Eric Hammell

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