Vought F4U Corsair – VF-10, US Navy, Alfred Lerch, USS Intrepid, Okinawa 1945
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale Legends HC33011: Vought F4U Corsair of VF-10, US Navy, Alfred Lerch, USS Intrepid, 1945. Hard to find model
Length 5.5 inches Wingspan 6.75 inches
Alfred Lerch became a World War II Navy Ace, credited with shooting down seven enemy aircraft in aerial combat. Here is the Citation for his award of the Navy Cross for heroism:
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant, Junior Grade [then Ensign] Alfred Lerch, United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron TEN (VF-10), attached to the U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11), in combat patrol operations in the vicinity of Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, on 16 April 1945. An alert and aggressive airman, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Lerch boldly intercepted a large formation of enemy aircraft which was attacking our surface units and, striking furiously at the hostile planes although five of his six guns failed to fire on several occasions and control surfaces on his aircraft were severely damaged, blasting seven of the enemy fighters from the sky during this fierce operation. By his great personal valor, outstanding airmanship and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Lerch contributed to the safety of our surface forces in this strategic area and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
The Chance Vought F4U Corsair was a carrier-capable fighter aircraft that saw service in World War II and the Korean War (and in isolated local conflicts). Goodyear-built Corsairs were designated FG and Brewster-built aircraft F3A. The Corsair served in some air forces until the 1960s, following the longest production run of any piston-engined fighter in U.S. history (1942–1952). Some Japanese pilots regarded it as the most formidable American fighter of World War II. The U.S. Navy counted an 11:1 kill ratio with the F4U Corsair.
Designed to meet a US Navy requirement for a single-seat carrier based fighter, the F4U was first flown on May 29th, 1940. This versatile aircraft saw service with both the Navy and Marine Corps in WW II and in the Korean War. During its lifetime, the Corsair underwent numerous improvements such as a lengthened fuselage, a high visibility bubble-top canopy and folding inverted gull wings that provided clearance for a large propeller. Its performance advantage, 400 mph capability, the ability to withstand punishment and six .50 Browning machine guns made the F4U a devastating weapon against aircraft, ground targets and ships.