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Franklin Mint Armour Collection Guy Bordelon was the only Navy Ace in the Korean War, and he did it in a Corsair Chance-Vought F4U-5N Corsair
United States Marine Corps, VC-3 "Bedcheck Charlie" USS Princeton (CV-37), Korea 1952
Pilot: Lt. Guy "Lucky Pierre" Bordelon Only Navy Ace in Korea and only Night Fighter Ace in Korea
Condition: Plane is mint in Box. Box is a bit beat up
Comes with Certificate of Authenticity NO Franklin Mint white carton Comes packed in a new heavy duty shipping carton!
Wingspan: 10 inches ~ Length: 8.25 inches
Franklin Mint #B11C988
The History Behind the Plane
During the Korean War, the Corsair was
used mostly in the close-support role. The AU-1 Corsair was developed from the
F4U-5 and was a ground-attack version which normally operated at low altitudes:
as a consequence the Pratt & Whitney R-2800-83W engine used a single-stage,
manually controlled supercharger, rather than the two-stage automatic
supercharger of the -5. The versions of the Corsair used in Korea from 1950 to
1953 were the AU-1, F4U-4B, -4C, -4P and -5N and 5-NL. There were dogfights
between F4Us and Soviet-built Yakovlev Yak-9 fighters early in the war, but
when the enemy introduced the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15, the Corsair was
outmatched: however, on 10 September 1952, a MiG-15 made the mistake of getting
into a turning contest with a Corsair piloted by Marine pilot Captain Jesse G.
Folmar, with Folmar shooting the MiG down with his four 20 millimeter cannon.
In turn four MiG 15s shot down Folmar just minutes later, though Folmar bailed
out and was quickly rescued with little injury.
F4U-5N and -5NL Corsair night fighters
were used to attack enemy supply lines, including truck convoys and trains, as
well as interdicting night attack aircraft (such as the Polikarpov Po-2
"Bedcheck Charlies", which were used to harass United Nations forces
at night). The F4Us often operated with the help of C-47 'flare ships' which
dropped hundreds of 1,000,000 candlepower magnesium flares to illuminate the
targets. For many operations detachments of U.S. Navy F4U-5Ns were posted to
shore bases. The leader of one such unit, Lieutenant Guy Pierre Bordelon, Jr.
of VC-3 (Detachment D), off USS Princeton (CV-37), become the
Navy's only ace in the war, as well as the only ace to not score any victories
in a jet aircraft. Bordelon, nicknamed
"Lucky Pierre", was credited with three Lavochkin La-9s or La-11s and
two Yakovlev Yak-18s between 29 June and 17 July 1952.
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