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Killed 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.
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VMF-122

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Country : US
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VMF-122

Aircraft for : VMF-122
A list of all aircraft known to have been flown by VMF-122. 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-122
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Lieutenant Colonel Henry M Bourgeois USMC
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14 / 11 / 2009Died : 14 / 11 / 2009
Lieutenant Colonel Henry M Bourgeois USMC

Henry was the youngest ever Marine Officer when he joined VMF-214, and had flown two combat tours with VMF-122 prior to that, with 2 victories to his credit. On 21st September 1943 he led a division of Corsairs to strafe Kahili Airdrome, where he destroyed 2 aircraft on the ground; the division accounting for 12 aircraft and an AA position destroyed. Sadly, Henry Bourgeois passed away on 14th November 2009.


Aviation History Timeline : 22nd November
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
22November1916Stephan Kirmaier, a WW1 Ace with 11.00 victories, died on this day
22November1941Knight's Cross recipient Werner Mölders of III./Jagdgeschwader 53 died on this day
22November1941Oberst Werner Molders, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
22November1941Werner Molders, a WW2 Ace with 115.00 victories, died on this day
22November1943Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. J. W. Brown of 600 Squadron, was Killed.
22November1943Generalmajor Hermann Plocher of chief of the Generalstab Luftflotte 3 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Hauptmann Adolf Borchers of 11./Jagdgeschwader 51 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Hauptmann Emil Badorrek of 4./Fernaufklärungs-Gruppe 11 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Hauptmann Günter Hitz of 2./Sturzkampfgeschwader 77 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Hauptmann Helmut Waldecker of I./Kampfgeschwader 6 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Leutnant Emil Lang of 9./Jagdgeschwader 54 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Leutnant Johann Muhr of 5./Flak-Abteilung 505 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Leutnant Willy Kientsch of 6./Jagdgeschwader 27 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Major Helmut Störchel of III./Kampfgeschwader 30 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Oberfeldwebel Albin Wolf of 6./Jagdgeschwader 54 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Oberleutnant Herbert Bartels of 3./Flak-Regiment 293 (mot) was awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Oberleutnant Joachim Brendel of 1./Jagdgeschwader 51 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Oberleutnant Maximilian Mayerl of 9./Jagdgeschwader 51 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1969Otto Hohne, a WW1 Ace with 6.00 victories, died on this day
22November2001Lt Colonel Ronnie Hay, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
22November2001Ronald Hay, a WW2 Ace with 13.00 victories, died on this day

 

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