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This profile was last updated on 10/24/12  and contains information from public web pages.

F4U-5N Corsair Pilot


Employment History

  • A-4B Skyhawk Pilot
  • AD-4B Skyraider Pilot
  • F9F-5P Pilot
  • F9F-5P Pilot
Web References
Veteran Tributes, 24 Oct 2012 [cached]
Lt Fitch then completed advanced training at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, from April to June 1952, followed by service as an F4U-5N Corsair pilot with VMF-114 at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina, from July 1952 to July 1953. His next assignment was as an AD-4B Skyraider pilot with VMA-324 at MCAS Miami, Florida, from July 1953 to November 1954, and during this time he flew missions in support of the Korean War armistice and ferried aircraft to the French in Vietnam during the 1st Indo-China War. After completing jet upgrade training, Photo Reconnaissance School, and F9F-5 Panther training, Lt Fitch served as an F9F-5P pilot with VMJ-3 and VMCJ-3 at MCAS Miami and then MCAS El Toro, California, from June 1955 to April 1956, followed by service on the staff of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at MCAS El Toro from April 1956 to July 1957. Capt Fitch next completed Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, in February 1958, and then served as a flight test project officer with VX-5 at MB China Lake, California, from April 1958 to May 1960. During this time he invented and flight tested the multiple carriage bomb rack, which evolved into the multiple ejector and triple ejector racks used on most jet attack and fighter aircraft today. His next assignment was as an A-4B Skyhawk pilot with VMA-311 at Yokusuka, Japan, from May 1960 to March 1962, and then as a staff officer in the Bureau of Weapons and with the Research and Development Division in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon from May 1962 to July 1965.
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