“Checkerboarder” F4U-1D Corsair Print (with Map Background)
1st Lt. M.O. Chance
Created with Archival Inks on Museum Quality Matte Finished Paper
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Checkerboarder Corsair (F4U-1D) 1st Lt. M.O. Print
Commissioned in 1943, the VMF-312 “Checkboarders” were stationed throughout the South Pacific including Ponam Island, Espiritu Santo, and Okinawa. 1St. Lt. M.O. Chance kept a well-detailed diary of his combat experience. The Checkerboarder Corsairs flew many highly successful missions engaging the enemy without losing a single aircraft. Some of the fiercest fighting remained for the Checkerboarder Corsairs as they protected Okinawa from Kamikaze patrols all the while maintaining defensive positions while the island was still occupied by the enemy. -Checkerboarder Corsair
About the F4U Corsair
Considered to be one of the most formidable Allied aircraft of World War II, the F4U Corsair served as a frontline fighter for many countries well into the 1960s. The F4U Corsair met the US Navy requirement as a single-seat, carrier based fighter and served both the U.S. Navy as well as the Marine Corps. Over 12,000 aircraft were produced across 16 variants. The Corsair is recognized as having one of the longest production runs of any piston-engine fighter in U.S. history.
The unique shape to the Corsair’s gull wing allowed for clearance of the large propeller. Many improvements including a high visibility bubble canopy, folding wings, and large arsenal of weaponry allowed the Corsair to become a highly capable fighter as well as a fighter bomber. With an 11:1 kill ratio against the Empire of Japan, many Japanese pilots considered the Corsair the most formidable American fighter of the war.
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