Wildcat overboard!

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This is the result of a Wildcat pilot's bad landing on the escort carrier USS Altamaha on May 17 1943. The deckcrew ducks to safety as the Wildcat veers over a gun position.
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The wing strikes an anti-aircraft gun as the Wildcat sails off the deck.
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With airspeed too low to maintain altitude with damaged wing, the Wildcat drops toward the water.
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An instant after striking the water, the pilot is scrambling from the cockpit. He was rescued, but probably suffered a choice lecture on piloting technique from his Air Group Commander.
(Source: "Modern Aviation Library" Volume 17, editor: Joe Cristy)