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RECENT UPDATES TO OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES
Updates made to Airframes database for : Flying Fortress 42-5907 : Squadrons updated (added 388th Bomb Group)
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VMF-218

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VMF-218

Aircraft for : VMF-218
A list of all aircraft known to have been flown by VMF-218. A profile page including a list of all art prints for the aircraft is available by clicking the aircraft name.
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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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Major Harry Johnson USMC
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Major Harry Johnson USMC

Harry Johnson went to the Pacific in November 1943, joining VMF-214 as a replacement pilot. He destroyed a Zero in combat on 6th January 1944, two days before VMF-214 were disbanded. Serving later with VMF-218 and VMF-253, he flew a total of 84 missions on Corsairs during WWII, and another 69 missions in Korea.


Aviation History Timeline : 5th September
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
5September1917Walter Hohndorf, a WW1 Ace with 12.00 victories, died on this day
5September1940 Eric Stanley Lock of No.41 Sqn RAF shot down a He111
5September1940 Eric Stanley Lock of No.41 Sqn RAF shot down a He111
5September1940 Eric Stanley Lock of No.41 Sqn RAF shot down a Me109
5September1940 Eric Stanley Lock of No.41 Sqn RAF shot down a Me109
5September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt. F. W. Rushmer of 603 Squadron, was Killed.
5September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O J. T. DFC Webster of 41 Squadron, was Killed.
5September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O D. C. Winter of 72 Squadron, was Killed.
5September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O P. J. C. King of 66 Squadron, was Killed.
5September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, S/L. H. R. L. DFC Hood of 41 Squadron, was Killed.
5September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, S/Ldr. P. C. AFC Pinkham of 19 Squadron, was Killed.
5September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. A. L. Mcnay of 73 Squadron, was Killed.
5September1940John Webster, a WW2 Ace with 15.00 victories, died on this day
5September1940Oberfeldwebel Werner Machold of 7./Jagdgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1940Oberleutnant Heinrich Paepcke of 7./Kampfgeschwader 30 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1940Oberstleutnant Johann Schalk of III./Zerstörergeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1940Oberstleutnant Otto Höhne of Kampfgeschwader 54 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1940Pilot Officer Michael Boddington of No.234 Sqn RAF shot down a Me109
5September1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. E. F. Howarth of 501 Squadron, was Killed.
5September1942Former French Battle of Britain pilot, Adj F. H. E. J. A. De Laboucher of 85 Squadron, was Killed.
5September1942Wing Commander Roland Beamont of No.609 Sqn RAF shot down a Ju88
5September1943Heinz Schmidt, a WW2 Ace with 173.00 victories, died on this day
5September1943Knight's Cross recipient Heinz Schmidt of 6./Jagdgeschwader 52 died on this day
5September1944Fahnenjunker-Feldwebel Hannes Trenke of 6./Kampfgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944Feldwebel Karl Kulp of 13./Fallschirm-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 4 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944Feldwebel Karl-Heinrich Welzel of 7./Schlachtgeschwader 10 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944Gefreiter Herbert Fries of 2./Fallschirm-Panzer-Jagd-Abteilung 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944General der Flakartillerie Job Odebrecht of II. Flakkorps was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944Generalleutnant Ernst Buffa of 12. Flak-Division was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944Generalleutnant Rudolf Meister of IV. Fliegerkorps was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944Hauptmann Eberhard Stüwe of III./Kampfgeschwader 77 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944Hauptmann Erich Beine of I./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 12 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944Hauptmann Friedrich Hauber of II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 12 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944Hauptmann Herbert Nölter of 2./Kampfgeschwader 3 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944Hauptmann Kurt Seyfahrt of Stabsstaffel/Kampfgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944Hauptmann Reino Hamer of I./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 7 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944Leutnant Eginhard Weißmann of 1./Schlachtgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944Leutnant Horst Schimpke of 1./Fallschirm-Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944Leutnant Rudi Dassow of II./Zerstörergeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944Major Wilhelm Sell of Nahaufklärungs-Gruppe 5 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944Oberfeldwebel Georg Pöthig of 8./Schlachtgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944Oberfeldwebel Paul Brandt of Jagdgeschwader 54 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944Oberfeldwebel Willi Rein of Stabsst./Kampfgeschwader 53 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944Oberleutnant Alexander Raab of I./Kampfgeschwader 77 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944Oberleutnant Alois Magg of 9./Kampfgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944Oberleutnant Ernst Schöbitz of 11. (H)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe 12 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944Oberleutnant Heinrich Welken of 2./Flak-Regiment 231 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1944Oberstleutnant Erich Pietzonka of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 7 was awarded the Knight's Cross
5September1982Douglas Bader, a WW2 Ace with 23.00 victories, died on this day
5September1982Former British Battle of Britain pilot, S/Ldr. D. R. S. Bader of 242 Squadron, Passed away.
5September1982Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader CBE, DSO*, DFC*, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
5September2007Ernst-Wilhelm Reinert, a WW2 Ace with 174.00 victories, died on this day
5September2007Hauptmann Ernst Wilhelm Reinert, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
5September2007Knight's Cross recipient Ernst-Wilhelm Reinert of 4./Jagdgeschwader 77 died on this day

 

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