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Night Victory

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Item No.: ZACE000219

Night Victory –
Ace Guy P. Bordelon

U.S. Air Force F-86 Sabres dominated the air war in Korea,
destroying 857 Mig-15s in nearly three years of aerial combat.
There was one mission the fast jets couldn’t handle, however –
the defense against slow-moving Soviet prop-driven bombers
and nuisance aircraft that flew between dawn and dusk.

To combat the slow movers, the U.S. Navy loaned Fifth Air Force
a detachment of radar-equipped F4U-5N Corsairs from Night
Composite Squadron Three (VC-3). Flying from K-16, 30 miles
south of Seoul, just past midnight on 17 July, 1953 detachment
commander Lt. Guy P. Bordelon was scrambled to relieve one
of his pilots whose radar was inoperative. Vectored to the target
by the Joint Operations Center, he curved behind a Soviet-built La-11.

As Bordelon described it, “I gave a “tally-ho” and reported that the
contact was definitely an unfriendly aircraft. JOC gave me the
clearance to fire, just as the enemy aircraft began to turn hard a port.
Just as we passed Kaesong, he suddenly rolled level and I gave him
a long burst of 20MM HEI cannon fire. I saw a wing coming off and
pulled left as he blew with a tremendous explosion. Then, turning
right and circling, I could see the bright splash of fire on the ground
where the La-11 impacted.” With that victory, his fifth in 18 days,
Guy Bordelon became the only Navy ace, and the only night
fighter ace, in the Korean War.

Hand signed by Ace Guy Bordelon and artist Roy Grinnell.

Overall size of this lithograph is 24" x 30".

1250 Signed and Numbered limited edition lithographs.

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