Colorized photograph of Hellcat pilot Alexander Vraciu LT. Alexander Vraciu was one of the U.S. Navy’s top scoring aces of WW2, with 19 kills. During the Marianas turkey shoot, LT. Vraciu shot down 6 enemy aircraft during one flight.
P38F Lightning (Japanese Sandman II). Lockheed P-38F Lightning of the 39-th United States AIR FORCE fighter squadrons named Japanese Sandman II, seen here in New Guinea 1943 . The plane was piloted by Gen Richard e. Smith who had seven victories.
February 13, 1943: First combat mission of the Vought F4U Corsair, when Guadalcanal-based Marine Fighter Squadron 124 (VMF-124) Corsairs escort U. S. Army Air Forces B-24 Liberator bombers on a raid against Kahili Airfield on Bougainville. They encounter no enemy aircraft.