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John F Bolt Jr

Victories : 6
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Country : US
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Allied
Died : 8th December 2004

John Bolt is one of only seven American aces to shoot down 5 or more enemy aircraft in both WWII and Korea. He was also the only Marine Corps ace in Korea. Commissioned in 1942, he joined VMF-214 in 1943. Flying the F4U Corsair, John Bolt downed six Zekes in just 90 days from September to December 1943 to become and ace. He also saw action in the last few weeks of the war with VMF-472. Returning to combat duty in the Korean War he served a tour with the Marines before flying a tour with the Air Force where he shot down six Mig15s. John F Bolt passed away on 8th December 2004.


Citaion for the Navy Cross

The Navy Cross is presented to John F. Bolt.(0-13522) Lt Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed member of the united Nations while attached to the First Marine Aircraft Wing and serving as a pilot of a plane in the THIRTY NINTH Fighter-Inteceptor Squadron, Fifth Air Force, in action against enemy aggressor forces in the Republic of Korea on 11 July 1953. Sighting four hostile jet interceptors immediately after the second section of his four-plane flight was forced to retir from the area because of a low fuel supply during a reconnaissance mission deep in enemy territory. Major Bolt quickly maneuvered his aircraft and that of his wingman into attack position and deliberately engaged the numerically superior enemy in a head-on firing run, destroying one of the hostile planes with his initial burst of fire. Although his fuel supply was dangerously low, he initiated repeated attacks on the remaining enemy aircraft and severely damaging the engine section of the lead interceptor, routinely pressed his attack against the crippled plane until the enemy pilot was forced to bail out. By his exceptional courage and superb airmanship in destroying the two aircraft, Major Bolt raised his total of enemy jet planes destroyed during the Korean War to six, thereby becoming the first jet ace in Marine Corps aviation. His inspiring leadership and great personal valor reflect the highest credit upon himself and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States naval Service.

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VMF-214

Country : US
(AVG) Financially backed by China to defend against Japanese attack, prior to American entering the war. Pilots awarded $500 bounty for each aircraft destroyed.

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Manufacturer : Chance-Vought
Production Began : 1940
Number Built : 12000

Corsair

The Chance-Vought F4U Corsair was arguably the finest naval aviation fighter of its era. Work on this design dates to 1938 and was headed-up by Voughts Chief Engineer, Rex Biesel. The initial prototype was powered by an 1800-HP Pratt & Whitney double Wasp radial engine. This was the third Vought aircraft to carry the Corsair name. The graceful and highly recognizable gull-wing design of the F4U permitted the aircraft to utilize a 13-foot, three-blade, Hamilton Standard propeller, while not having to lengthen the landing gear. Because of the rigors of carrier landings, this was a very important design consideration. Folding wings were also required for carrier operations. The F4U was thirty feet long, had a wingspan of 41 feet and an empty weight of approximately 7,500 pounds. Another interesting feature was the way the F4Us gear rotated 90 degrees, so it would lay flush within the wing when in the up position. In 1939 the Navy approved the design, and production commenced. The Corsair utilized a new spot welding process on its all aluminum fuselage, giving the aircraft very low drag. To reduce weight, fabric-covered outer wing sections and control surfaces were fitted. In May of 1940 the F4U made its maiden flight. Although a number of small bugs were discovered during early flight tests, the Corsair had exceptional performance characteristics. In October of 1940 the prototype F4U was clocked at 405-MPH in a speed test. The initial production Corsairs received an upgraded 2,000-HP radial giving the bird a top speed of about 425-MPH. The production models also differed from the prototype in having six, wing-mounted, 0.5 caliber machine guns. Another change was a shift of the cockpit about three feet further back in the fuselage. This latter change unfortunately made naval aviators wary of carrier landings with the F4U, due to its limited forward visibility during landings. Other concerns were expressed regarding a severe port wing drop at landing speeds and a tendency of the aircraft to bounce off a carrier deck. As a result, the F4U was initially limited to land-based USMC squadrons. Vought addressed several of these problems, and the Royal Navy deserves credit for perfecting an appropriate landing strategy for the F4U. They found that if the carrier pilot landed the F4U while making a sweeping left turn with the port wing down, that sufficient visibility was available to make a safe landing. With a kill ratio of 11 -to- 1 in WW 11 combat, the F4U proved superior in the air to almost every opposing aircraft it encountered. More than 12,000 F4Us were built and fortunately a few dozen remain in flyable condition to this date.

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 They came from every corner of Britain.  And mostly they were young.  These fresh faced fighter pilots, joined by an ever-growing band of volunteer airmen from the British Commonwealth and those who had managed to escape from the occupied countries of Europe would, over the summer of 1940, not only hold the world's most powerful air force at bay, they would defeat it.  Richard Taylor's stunning piece graphically conveys the conflicting realities of those deadly aerial encounters over southern England during 1940.  As the sound of Merlin engines briefly interrupts the tranquility of a sleepy English village, its residents are determined to carry on with everyday life.  In the skies overhead the bitter battle will shortly be reaching its crescendo but, for today at least, the fighting is over as Flight Sergeant George 'Grumpy' Unwin, one of the Battle of Britain's top Aces, and the Spitfire pilots of 19 Squadron return from yet another encounter with Goering's much-vaunted Luftwaffe.

Return From the Fray by Richard Taylor.
 A trio of Spitfire Mk1s of 603 Sqn based at Biggin Hill are depicted on patrol in the Summer skies above Kent during the height of the Battle of Britain in August 1940. Lead aircraft is N3288 XT-H flown by Plt Off George Gilroy who finished the war with 14 confirmed victories, 10 shared and a further 14 aircraft destroyed in actions in which he was directly involved.

Biggin Trio by Ivan Berryman.
 Spitfires of 616 Squadron scramble from RAF Kenley during the heavy fighting of the Battle of Britain, late August 1940.  Below them a Hurricane of 253 Squadron, sharing the same base, is being prepared for its next vital mission at a distant dispersal.  All through the long summer of 1940, as Britain stood alone, a small band of fighter pilots took part in the greatest aerial battle in history.  Day after day the men of Fighter Command valiantly took to the air to defend their country from the Luftwaffe and the threat of German invasion and Nazi tyranny.  Outnumbered, but never out-fought, they fought to the point of exhaustion and, in doing so, paid a heavy price.  But they won.

We All Stand Together by Robert Taylor.
 You can almost hear the roar of their mighty Merlin engines and feel the prop-wash in this salute to the Hawker Hurricane.  This classic portrayal of this much-loved fighter depicts a pair of Mk.I Hurricanes from No.32 Sqn leading the scramble away from their forward airfield.  Often making three, four or five such scrambles a day at the height of the battle, this time they are racing to intercept Luftwaffe intruders who have been spotted crossing the Kent coast.

Response to Call by Robert Taylor.

 Continuing his popular series of Giclée Studio Proofs on canvas, Robert Taylor portrays Squadron Leader 'Sailor' Malan DFC, Commanding Officer of 74 Squadron and one of the great Battle of Britain Aces, in his famous painting Height of the Battle.  Having already made one diving attack into the force of Luftwaffe He111 bombers approaching London with their fighter escort, 'Sailor' peels his Spitfire over for a second attack. Another top Ace, Pilot Officer Harbourne Stephen DFC, is hard on his heels. Below them, typifying the scene as it was on the afternoon of Wednesday 11 September 1940, Mk.I Hurricanes from 17 and 56 Squadrons have already joined the fray.
Height of the Battle by Robert Taylor. (GS)
 The latest Giclée technology has once again brought Robert Taylor's sophisticated artistry to life to faithfully replicate his classic painting of the Hurricanes of 1 Squadron (RCAF).  Becoming operational at Northolt in August 1940 they served with great distinction throughout the Battle of Britain.
Maple Leaf Scramble by Robert Taylor. (GS)
 Few flew the Hurricane better in combat than Squadron Leader John Grandy, Commanding Officer of 249 Squadron. Robert Taylor's iconic painting Hurricane Attack portrays him about to pounce on a Bf110 over the Isle of Wight in August 1940.
Hurricane Attack by Robert Taylor. (GS)
 Spitfires of No.616 Squadron, September 1940.  The aircraft nearest is K4330 QJ-G, the mount of Johnnie Johnson.

The New Knights by David Pentland. (P)

Battle of Britain History Timeline : 30th August
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
30August1940Anti Aircraft batteries shot down 2 ME109's one Do17
30August1940Blenheim N3620 Mk.IV , OM-?, - Shot down at 0430 at Balgzand. Flying Officer E R Berry killed, Sergeant A P Sully killed, Sergeant H Bentham killed.
30August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O J. S. Bell of 616 Squadron, was Killed.
30August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O C. D. Francis of 253 Squadron, was Killed.
30August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O D. N. O. Jenkins of 253 Squadron, was Killed.
30August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, S/Ldr. E. B. King of 249 & 151 Squadrons, was Killed.
30August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, S/Ldr. J. V. C. Badger of 43 Squadron, Crashed (died 30th June 1941).
30August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. D. Noble of 43 Squadron, was Killed.
30August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. E. A. Graves of 235 Squadron, was Killed.
30August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. J. H. Dickinson of 253 Squadron, was Killed.
30August1940Feldwebel Erwin Leykauf of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Feldwebel Georg Pavenzinger of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Feldwebel Harry Koch of JG 26 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Feldwebel Max Clerico of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Feldwebel Rudolf Täschner of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Gefreiter Rudolf Condné: Bf Piduhn of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Hauptmann Bernhard Mielke of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Hauptmann Erich Groth of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Hauptmann Erich Groth of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Hauptmann Erich Groth of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Hauptmann Erich von Selle of JG 3 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Hauptmann Fritz Ultsch of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Hauptmann Heinz Nacke of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Hauptmann Heinz Nacke of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Hauptmann Heinz Nacke of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Leutnant Friedrich-Wilhelm Strakeljahn of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Leutnant Hans-Erich Heinbockel of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Leutnant Heinz Bolze of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Leutnant Heinz Ebeling of JG 26 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Leutnant Max Himmelheber of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Leutnant Max-Hellmuth Ostermann of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Leutnant Otto Radeke of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Leutnant Otto Weckeiser of LG 1 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Leutnant Siegfried Göbel of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Leutnant Siegfried Göbel of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Leutnant Walter Borchers of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Leutnant Werner Pistor of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940New Zealand Battle of Britain pilot, F/O J. S. Priestley of 235 Squadron, was Killed.
30August1940No 141 Squadron moved to Turnhouse. 'A' Flight from Montrose, 'B' Flight from Dyce
30August1940No 145 Squadron moved from Drem. 'A' Flight to Montrose, 'B' Flight to Dyce
30August1940Number of aircraft available for service on this day was 717 with 410 Hurricanes, 234 Spitfires, 52 Blenheims, amd 14 Defiants and 7 Gladiators
30August1940Oberfeldwebel Hermann Staege of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Oberfeldwebel Karl Hier of JG 54 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberfeldwebel Karl-Heinz Harbauer of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Oberfeldwebel Oskar Strack of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Oberfeldwebel Siegfried Schnell of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Oberfeldwebel Werner Machold of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberfeldwebel Werner Machold of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberfeldwebel Werner Machold of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberleutnant Ernst Düllberg of JG 27 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Oberleutnant Ernst-Hartmann von Schlotheim of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Oberleutnant Erwin Neuerburg of JG 3 shot down a
30August1940Oberleutnant Ferdinand Vogl of JG 27 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Oberleutnant Fritz Losigkeit of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Oberleutnant Gustav-Siegfried Rödel of JG 27 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Oberleutnant Günther Piduhn of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberleutnant Hans Philipp of JG 54 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberleutnant Hans-Joachim Jabs of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberleutnant Herbert Ihlefeld of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Oberleutnant Hermann Weeber of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberleutnant Hermann Weeber of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Oberleutnant Karl-Heinz Krahl of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberleutnant Roloff von Aspern of JG 54 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberleutnant Rudolf Ziegler of JG 54 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberleutnant Ulrich von Gravenreuth of LG 1 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberleutnant Werner Streib of NJG 1 shot down a Wellington
30August1940Oberleutnant Wilhelm Herget of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Oberleutnant Wilhelm Herget of ZG 76 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Polish Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt F. Gmur of 151 Squadron, was Killed.
30August1940RAF Fighters shot down 10 me109 WITH ANOTHER FOUR me109 UN CONFIRMED, Twenty ME110 with a further 6 unconfirmed, Twenty three HE111 with anohter 7 unconfirmed two DO17 with one more unconfirmed two DO215 with one more unconfirmed and a JU88 total of 59 aircrfat with a further 21 unconfirmed
30August1940Royal Air Force lost 25 Fighters with 10 pilots killed
30August1940Spitfire K9826 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me109 and crashed near Barham. Pilot Officer Edridge parachuted to saftey but was injured.
30August1940Spitfire L1012 Mk.Ia - Overshot runway and was damaged.
30August1940Spitfire L1067 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me110s. Squadron Leader Denholm parachuted to safety.
30August1940Spitfire P9325 Mk.Ia - Shot down and force landed at Eastchurch. Sergeant Baxter ok.
30August1940Spitfire P9375 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations.
30August1940Spitfire R6715 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Do17 into sea off Norfolk. P/O Pickering safe
30August1940Spitfire R6719 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me109 near Rainham. Sergeant Hutchinson ok.
30August1940Spitfire R6720 Mk.Ia - Shot down and force landed near Bekesbourne. Pilot Officer Assheton ok.
30August1940Spitfire R7021 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me109 and crashed at West Malling. Sergeant Sarre parachuted to safety.
30August1940Spitfire X4022 Mk.Ia - Collided with Spitfire X4027. Sergeant Skinner parachuted to safety.
30August1940Spitfire X4027 Mk.Ia - Damaged in collision with Spitfire X4022. Pilot Officer Churches ok.
30August1940Spitfire X4248 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Me109s and crashed at Wrotham. Pilot Officer J S Bell killed.
30August1940The Luftwaffe made a major attack during the morning and three in the afternoon covering South West England. The target being the Aerodromes
30August1940Unteroffizier Auerbach of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Unteroffizier Alois Pfaffelhuber of LG 1 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Unteroffizier Alois Pfaffelhuber of LG 1 shot down a Hurricane
30August1940Unteroffizier Rudolf Seufert of LG 1 shot down a Spitfire
30August1940Unteroffizier Walter Schumann of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 30th August
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
30August1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. D. G. Creswell of 141 Squadron, was Killed.
30August1944Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. D. A. Denton of 236 Squadron, was Killed.
30August1944Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. W. Nixon of 23 Squadron, was Killed.

 

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