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Yap Harbor Wreckage Identified-Hellcat MT-64/ARC-5 Radio Rack
Update: Taigh Ramey from Twin Beech provided the following information: Here are pictures of an MT-64/ARC-5 radio rack with shock mounts (black mount in pictures) on a F6F-5 Hellcat. Although the ARC-5 radio receiver was used on both AAF and Navy/Marine planes, the MT-64 manufacturer number indicates that the mount was likely on a Navy plane. AAF manufacturer numbers on radio mounts had a “BC- xxx” designation. The AAF used similar command set gear as the Navy ARC-5, but they called their series SCR-274N. The ARC-5 and the SCR-274N are commonly thought to be the same set and do look very similar, but are different sets and are not interchangeable.
The ARC-5 radio rack with lord mount was located within the wreckage area in the Yap harbor. The rack was cleaned and documented in the pictures below and then returned to the wreck site. As you can see from the pictures below, we located a tag on the wreckage that clearly identifys the wreckage as an MT-64/ARC-5 radio rack.
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