Shrewsbury, 1st Eng. ed., 1988. Xiii + 265 pp., photo-ills., + maps. D.j., 23 x 15cm. FINE. Hellcat is the operational history of the Grumann F6F, the most important Allied aircraft in the Pacific during 1943-44. The angular fighter planes from Long Island were largely responsible for crushing Japanese air power wherever the Fast Carrier Force sailed. Designed for speed, range, and climb to compete successfully with the exceptional little Japanese A6M Mitsubishi Zero, the big new F6F could not only engage the Japanese "Zeke" on equal terms, it could dictate the rules of combat. In 24 months of action, the Hellcats were credited with destroying over 5,000 Japanese aircraft in aerial combat, gaining outright air supremacy over invasion beaches. This book describes the men who built and tested the Hellcat, the fighter squadrons that flew it and its heroes.