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Vern Earl Graham

Wrong Vern Earl Graham?
U.S. Navy n June
 
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Der Bunker Moments in WWII History
derbunker.virtualave.net, 1 May 2001 [cached]
Vern E. Graham , USNSource : Kitchens/Nalty Flying Aces Aviation Art of WWII
Vern Earl Graham won a rare place for himself in the elite community of aces when , on 12 June , 1943 , he shot down five Japanese Zeroes on one mission in the defense of Guadalcanal.Born on 13 September , 1919 , in Rocky Ford , Colorado , Graham had joined the U.S. Navy n June of 1941 and had become an aviation cadet.Soon after his commissioning as an ensign on 3 April , 1942 , he joined VF - 11 ( the Sundowners ) and went with it to Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific.During an operation over the Solomons on 12 June , 1943 , a large number of Japanese fighters jumped a formation of Marine F4U Corsairs , but were in turn bounced by VF - 11's Wildcats.In the ensuing action Graham shot down five Zeroes about ten miles ( 16km ) northwest of the Russell Islands , thus becoming an ace in a day , indeed , an ace in one mission.Yet more remarkably , his fighter was an obsolescent , outclassed Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat with BuAir no. 12119 , normally an odds-off match for the Zero.Unfortunately the fight had cost the young aviator the last of his fuel , and he cracked up his aircraft while attempting a landing in the Russell Islands.Seriously injured , Graham claimed no more enemy aircraft and finished his Navy tour with the five victories he had racked up in one amazing day.
By : Sturm _ Grenadier [ Comments ]
Defiant but Doomed - Posted October 22 , 2000
Der Bunker Moments in WWII History
www.derbunker.com, 28 Feb 2001 [cached]
Vern E. Graham , USNSource : Kitchens/Nalty Flying Aces Aviation Art of WWII
Vern Earl Graham won a rare place for himself in the elite community of aces when , on 12 June , 1943 , he shot_down five Japanese Zeroes on one mission in the defense of Guadalcanal.Born on 13 September , 1919 , in Rocky_Ford , Colorado , Graham had joined the U.S. Navy n June of 1941 and had become an aviation cadet.Soon after his commissioning as an ensign on 3 April , 1942 , he joined VF - 11 ( the Sundowners ) and went with it to Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific.During an operation over the Solomons on 12 June , 1943 , a large number of Japanese fighters jumped a formation of Marine F4U Corsairs , but were in turn bounced by VF - 11's Wildcats.In the ensuing action Graham shot_down five Zeroes about ten miles ( 16km ) northwest of the Russell Islands , thus becoming an ace in a day , indeed , an ace in one mission.Yet more remarkably , his fighter was an obsolescent , outclassed Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat with BuAir no. 12119 , normally an odds-off match for the Zero.Unfortunately the fight had cost the young aviator the last of his fuel , and he cracked_up his aircraft while attempting a landing in the Russell Islands.Seriously injured , Graham claimed no more enemy aircraft and finished his Navy tour with the five victories he had racked_up in one amazing day.
By : Sturm _ Grenadier [ Comments ]
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