Guy Bordelon, Corsair Ace, Korean War

Guy Bordelon

F4U-5 Corsair

The Only Navy Korean War Ace

Artwork and Research By Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette

Guy Bordelon, Corsair Ace, Korean War, 12×18″

Guy Bordelon was the only Navy Ace during the Korean War.

Guy was also the last Prop Ace of all time!

There are 750 limited edition prints in this series.

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Limited Edition Prints are signed and numbered by the Artist and by the Ace. $75.00

All signatures by both the Aviator and the Artist are done in soft graphic pencil.

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Poster Print $14.95

Poster prints are autographed by the artist only.

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Guy Bordelon

By Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette

At the midpoint of the Korean War, Guy Bordelon was, transferred to Composite Squadron Three at Moffett Field, California. VC-3 was the only Pacific based Navy All-Weather fighter squadron. The assigned aircraft was the famous Chance-Vought CORSAIR F4U-5N.

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This is the type of Corsair Guy flew. This Corsair is painted all black. Note the two 20mm cannon.

Carrier based on the USS Princeton with five pilots and aircraft, Bordelon’ s Team “Dog” carried out the most dangerous mission of any other air unit. Their mission’s involved nightly interdiction actions against Communist supply trucks and trains using mountainous routes through North Korea.

Armed with 20MM cannon firing high explosive incendiary shells, Team “Dog” pilots destroyed anything that moved down the precipitous mountain routes. The Corsairs were also fitted with 250lb bombs.

During this time, the U.N. forces were being harassed at night by North Korean aircraft which were bombing Allied and American supply depots. Over 15,000,000 gallons of aviation fuel had been destroyed by these attacks and they had to be stopped. Bordelon and his VC-3 pilots were transferred to Pyongtaek Airfield 30 miles south of Seoul to intercept these aircraft.

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These F4U-5N’s are with VC-4 during a training mission.

Bordelon’s first night kills were on a bright moonlight night. Bordelon was vectored towards incoming unknowns flying in from the north by the land based radar station. Once in range Bordelon acquired an unidentified aircraft with his own radar. Guy closed to visual range and found himself at point blank range with a YAK-18. The enemy’s rear gunner opened fire and Guy replied with his 20mm cannons. The enemy plane banked hard left and Guy pulled in behind the North Korean firing another short burst into the plane which exploded into flames. Guy was blinded for a few minutes after the explosion. Moments later, Guy was vectored to another unknown that would turn out to be another YAK-18. Guy pulled in close and fired into the enemy sending it to the ground in flames. This enemy aircraft did not explode but the flashes from the Corsair’s guns along with the tracers and hits on the enemy were bright enough.

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The next night Bordelon was patrolling over the Imjin River and was directed to two incoming aircraft. Using his onboard radar, Guy closed in on the boggy till he could visually identify them as Lavochkin fighters. Pulling up on the rear plane, Guy opened up with his 20MM cannon. The plane’s wing crumpled catching the fighter on fire sending the aircraft to earth. The lead aircraft turned to avoid Guy and flew over Communist Anti Aircraft batteries for protection. Guy pulled in close to the enemy so the Communist batteries were afraid they would hit their own aircraft. Once they cleared the ground batteries Bordelon fell back some and opened fire into the enemy aircraft making it his fourth kill.

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This is Guy’s F4U being serviced.

Guy’s final victory came three weeks later when a fellow pilot, Lt. Ralph “Hoppy” Hopson lost aircraft radar while closing in on an enemy target. Guy was then vectored to the enemy with the help of the ground controllers. After making contact, Guy was ready to fire when the enemy began frantic evasive maneuvers leading Guy into the Communist Anti Aircraft batteries. Like the last pursuit Guy pulled in close and stuck with the enemy. As before Guy fell back and fired a long burst from astern. The enemy rolled hard right and exploded. Bordelon was momentarily blinded. Turning on his preset autopilot, Guy was able to regain his eyesight and returned to base as the only Navy Ace of the Korean War and the last prop Ace.

Guy and his fellow pilots proved that in the right hands, even in the Jet Age, the rugged and reliable CORSAIR could perform the most dangerous tasks.

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Photo of Guy Bordelon after his fifth kill.

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Squadron Art Designed by Guy Bordelon

Above art by Guy Bordelon

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Guy Bordelon and Artist at Art Show. I flew Guy to Orange Park/Jacksonville, Florida area from his home in Louisiana for my art show.  Everyone loved listening to him as he told his stories of life aboard the many aircraft carriers her served on. Of course everybody loves the combat stories over North Korean.

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The painting above is 2×4 feet and is available for $4,000.00.

Contact me at the bottom of the page if you are interested in this painting.