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John F Bolt Jr
Victories : 6
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.
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John F Bolt Jr
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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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|Aircraft for : John F Bolt Jr|
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Manufacturer : Chance-Vought
Production Began : 1940
Number Built : 12000
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.
The New Knights by David Pentland. (P)
Enemy Approaching by David Pentland. (P)
Channel Sweep by Richard Taylor.
Duxford 1940 by Simon Atack.
A Pickle for Pickering by Brian Bateman. (P)
Defence of the Capital by Gerald Coulson. (B)
Spitfires by Graeme Lothian. (P)
Tribute to Flying Officer Count Manfred Beckett Czernin by Ivan Berryman.
|Battle of Britain History Timeline : 16th September|
|16||September||1940||Luftwaffe lost one JU88 in Barrage Ballon plus one HE115 crashed caused unknown|
|16||September||1940||Major Werner Mölders of JG 51 shot down a Hurricane|
|16||September||1940||Number of aircraft available to the Royal Air Force for service on this day was 659 with 356 Hurricanes, 216 Spitfires, 60 Blenheims, amd 17 Defiants and 8 Gladiators|
|16||September||1940||Oberleutnant Georg Claus of JG 51 shot down a Hurricane|
|16||September||1940||Oberleutnant Hermann-Friedrich Joppien of 1./Jagdgeschwader 51 was awarded the Knight's Cross|
|16||September||1940||Royal Air Force lost One Spitfire of which the pilot is safe|
|16||September||1940||Spitfire L1036 Mk.Ia , FY-N, - Ran out of fuel after combat with Ju88 and ditched into sea at 10.40hrs. Sergeant Iveson rescued.|
|16||September||1940||Spitfire N3242 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations.|
|16||September||1940||Spitfire R6616 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations. Pilot Officer Hill ok.|
|16||September||1940||Spitfire R6805 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations.|
|16||September||1940||Unteroffizier August Dilling of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire|
|Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 16th September|
|16||September||1943||Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O L. C. Murch of 253 Squadron, Died.|
|16||September||1944||Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt N. M. Harding of 23 Squadron, was Killed.|
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