By Barrett Tillman
Grumman's successor to the pugnacious Wildcat, the Hellcat embodied the various classes learnt by way of F4F pilots within the beginning months of the Pacific battle. brought to the fleet in January 1943, and blooded in strive against opposed to the japanese via VF-5 seven months later, the F6F served because the important US military fighter on board provider decks till VJ-Day. regardless of its lethality within the air while ranged opposed to the easiest eastern combatants, it nonetheless retained docile dealing with traits round the service deck. Pilots flying the Hellcat claimed approximately 5000 kills within the Pacific, and over 350 pilots completed ace prestige at the style.
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Leichte Infanterie-Division arrives to block 1st Shock Army advance across Polist River. 9 2nd Guards Riﬂe Corps continues to advance south-west along Polist River. 10 20 February, North-western Front begins concentric attack with 1st GRC and Group Ksenofontov to complete encirclement of II AK in Demyansk. 11 25 February, Soviet link-up near Zeluch’ye creates the Demyansk pocket. 12 6–10 March, attacks by Group Ksenofontov and Group Moscow fail to crack outer perimeter of Demyansk pocket. 13 12 March, 329.
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