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RECENT UPDATES TO OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES
Updates made to Airframes database for : Flying Fortress 42-30033 : Squadrons updated (added 384th Bomb Group)
Updates made to Airframes database for : Flying Fortress 42-30047 : Squadrons updated (added 100th Bomb Group)
Sergeant Oliver Beard added to aircrew database :
Killed aged 21 on 4th July 1943 when his Stirling BK718 WP-M of No.90 Sqn was shot down and crashed near Cologne. He is buried in Overloon War Cemetery. Son of John Oliver Beard and Margaret Beard, of Rock Ferry, Cheshire.
Updates made to Airframes database for : Flying Fortress 42-5908 : Squadrons updated (added 388th Bomb Group)
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VMF-218

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VMF-218


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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.
Signatures for : VMF-218
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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 : 24th October
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24October1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O D. T. Jay of 87 Squadron, was Killed.
24October1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. D. R. Stoodley of 43 Squadron, was Killed.
24October1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. A. J. Page of 257 Squadron, was Killed.
24October1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. O. R. Bowerman of 222 Squadron, was Killed.
24October1943Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O A. V. Gowers of 85 Squadron, was Killed.
24October1943Werner Lucas, a WW2 Ace with 106.00 victories, died on this day
24October1944Hauptmann Franz Oswald of 13. (Pz)/Schlachtgeschwader 9 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Hauptmann Friedrich-Wilhelm Wangerin of III./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 16 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Hauptmann Herbert Abratis of II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Hauptmann Horst Haase of IV./Jagdgeschwader 3 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Hauptmann Julius Meimberg of II./Jagdgeschwader 53 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Hauptmann Wilhelm Weißberg of I./Flak-Regiment 25 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Hauptmann of the Reserves Karl Hütten of 5. (F)/Aufklärungs-Gruppe 122 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Leutnant Hubert Sniers of 9./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 15 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Leutnant Karl-Wilhelm Hofmann of 8./Jagdgeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Leutnant Wilhelm Meyn of 9./Schlachtgeschwader 3 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Major Ernst-Heinrich Thomsen of III./Kampfgeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberfeldwebel Herbert Geisler of Stabsstaffel/Kampfgeschwader 4 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberfeldwebel Karl Koch of III./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 15 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberleutnant Alfred Veith of 5./Kampfgeschwader 55 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberleutnant Ernst-Erich Hirschfeld of 5./Jagdgeschwader 300 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberleutnant Friedrich Schäfer of 4./Kampfgeschwader 200 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberleutnant Hans-Hermann Steinkamp of 14.(Pz.)/Schlachtgeschwader 9 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberleutnant Kurt Heidrich of 5./Flak-Regiment 341 (mot.) was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberleutnant Wolfgang Luehrs of 2./Kampfgeschwader 53 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October1944Oberst of the Reserves Herbert Röhler of Flak-Sturm-Regiment 4 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24October2007Leo Paul Clouthier, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day

 

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