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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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John F Bolt Jr

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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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Corsair



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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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The Luftwaffe had done everything in its power to pummel London into submission but they failed. By the end of September 1940 their losses were mounting. For weeks since the early days of September, London had been the main target for the Luftwaffe and during that time Luftwaffe High Command had grown increasingly despondent as their losses steadily mounted. Far from being on the brink of collapse RAF Fighter Command, though vastly outnumbered, had shown an incredible resilience. The fighting had reached a dramatic climax on Sunday 15th September when, bloodied and bruised, the Luftwaffe had lost the upper hand on a day of intense combat that had culminated with a humiliating retreat. Almost every day that had passed since then had seen the Luftwaffe do everything in its power to pummel London and regain the initiative, but the daylight raids were becoming increasingly costly. On Friday 27th September, 80 days after the Battle of Britain had officially begun, the Luftwaffe came once more, this time concentrating on the fastest bombers they had - Ju88s and Bf110s. And they came in force, principally targeting London and Bristol. Anthony Saunders' superb painting depicts one of these raids, this time by bombers from KG77 as they head over the Medway Estuary, east of the City of London, in an attempt to attack the capital's warehouses and docks. Among the many units defending the capital that day was 92 Squadron from Biggin Hill and Anthony portrays the Spitfire of Pilot Officer Geoffrey Wellum in his dramatic piece. With a deft flick of the rudder Wellum banks his fighter away to port seconds after sharing in the destruction of a Ju88. It was just one of more than 50 German aircraft destroyed by the RAF during the day.
Decisive Blow by Anthony Saunders.
 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1As of No.610 (County of Chester) Sqn RAAF, intercept incoming Heinkel 111H-16s of the 9th Staffel, Kampfgeschwader 53 Legion Condor during the big daylight raids on London of August and September 1940 - the climax of the Battle of Britain.  Spitfire N3029 (DW-K) was shot down by a Bf109 on the 5th of September 1940 and crash-landed near Gravesend, Kent, thankfully without injury to Sgt Willcocks, the pilot.  For the record, N3029 was rebuilt and, following some brief flying in the UK, was sent overseas by convoy to the Middle East.  Ironically, the ship carrying this aircraft was torpedoed en route and both ship and all its cargo were lost.

Close Encounter by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Posted to 64 Squadron on 1st July 1940, </a>the tragically short relationship of Sub Lt F Dawson Paul with the Spitfire was crammed with victories.  He immediately shared a Dornier Do17 off Beachy Head and, just four days later claimed a Messerschmitt Bf.109.  Further kills were confirmed over the next two weeks, among them five Bf.110s and another Do.17. His final victory was a Bf.109 on 25th, but on this day he fell to the guns of the German ace Adolf Galland.  Dawson Paul was rescued from the English Channel by a German E-boat, but died of his wounds five days later as a prisoner of war.

The Longest July by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Squadron Leader H C Sawyer is depicted here flying his 65 Sqn Spitfire Mk.1a R6799 (YT-D) in the skies above Kent on 31st July 1940 at the height of the Battle of Britain.  Chasing him is Major Hans Trubenbach of 1 Gruppe, Lehrgeschwader 2 in his Messerschmitt Vf109E-3 (Red 12) . The encounter lasted eight minutes with both pilots surviving.

High Pursuit by Ivan Berryman. (PC)

 Hawker Hurricane Mk 1s of No 242 Sqn patrol a glorious September sky as the Battle of Britain reaches its climax in the Summer of 1940. The nearest aircraft is that of Sqn Ldr Douglas Bader, flying V7467 in which he claimed four victories, plus two probables and one destroyed. P/O W L McKnight (LE-A) and P/O D W Crowley-Milling (LE-M) are in close attendance.

High Patrol by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Routine, though essential, maintenance is carried out on a 501 Sqn Hurricane at the height of the Battle of Britain during the Summer of 1940.  Hurricane P3059 <i>SD-N</i> in the background is the aircraft of Group Captain Byron Duckenfield.

Ground Force by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Pilot Officer Allan Wright - later Group Captain, and awarded DFC and AFC - pilots Spitfire QJ-S of No.92 Squadron during the Battle of Britain, with his wingman in close support.

Summer 1940 by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
A Gloster Gladiator MkII of 247 Sqn is depicted patrolling off the Cornish coast in August 1940 during which time this squadron became the only one to operate the Gladiator in the defence of the South of England during the Battle of Britain.

Lone Gladiator by Ivan Berryman. (PC)

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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