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F4U-1D Corsair, VF-84, Whites 167, 57803, Lt. Commander Roger Hedrick, USS Bunker Hill, Feb. 1945, WWII, fourteen pieces 

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John Jenkins Designs 1:30 BH-01-167
F4U-1D Corsair, VF-84, Whites 167, 57803, Lt. Commander Roger Hedrick, USS Bunker Hill, Feb. 1945, WWII, fourteen pieces
Scale:
1:30
Length:
13.5"
Width:
16.5"
Composition:
Resin
SKU:
JJ-BH-01-167
Period:
World War II


Historical Note:

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THE SECOND WORLD WAR
Vought F4U-1D Corsair, VF-84, Whites 167, 57803, Lt. Commander Roger Hedrick, USS Bunker Hill, February 1945, The Second World War The Vought F4U Corsair is an American fighter aircraft that saw service primarily in World War II and the Korean War. The Corsair was designed as a carrier based aircraft. Initially, its difficulty in landing on carriers rendered it unsuitable for Navy use until the Royal Navy overcame the landing issues. After the carrier landing issues had been tackled, it quickly became the most capable carrier-based fighter bomber of the Second World War. The Vought F4U Corsair was literally built around the Pratt & Whitney 2,000 HP radial engine. The engine was so massive and produced so much energy that a Hamilton Standard, 13 feet, 4-inch propeller, the largest of WWII, was required. The F4U was the first American fighter aircraft to exceed 400 MPH. The Corsair was referred to by the Japanese as Whispering Death and became a legend in its own time. This aircraft was one of the most distinctive designs, with its bent wings making it an icon. USS Bunker Hill (CV/CVA/CVS-17, AVT-9) was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. The ship was named for the Battle of Bunker Hill in the American Revolutionary War. Commissioned in May 1943 and sent to the Pacific Theater of Operations, the ship participated in battles in the Southwest Pacific, Central Pacific, and the drive toward Japan through Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and air raids on the Japanese homeland. While covering the invasion of Okinawa, Bunker Hill was struck by two kamikazes in quick succession, setting the vessel on fire. Casualties exceeded 600, including 346 confirmed dead and an additional 43 missing--the second heaviest personnel losses suffered by any carrier to survive the war after Franklin. After the attack, Bunker Hill returned to the U.S. mainland and was still under repair when hostilities ended. After the war, Bunker Hill was employed as a troop transport bringing American service members back from the Pacific and was decommissioned in 1947. While in reserve, the vessel was reclassified as an attack carrier (CVA), then an antisubmarine carrier (CVS), and, finally, an Auxiliary Aircraft Landing Training Ship (AVT), but was never modernized and never saw active service again. Bunker Hill and Franklin were the only Essex-class ships never recommissioned after World War II Fighter Squadron 84 or VF-84 was an aviation unit of the United States Navy. Originally established on 1 May 1944, it was disestablished on 8 October 1945. It was the first US Navy squadron to be designated as VF-84. VF-84 flew F4U Corsairs and was formed around a nucleus of veterans of VF-17, the Jolly Rogers. The new squadron's commanding officer was Lt. Cdr. Roger R.Hedrick, former executive officer of VF-17. VF-84 was assigned to the USS Bunker Hill. As part of Task Force 58, the carrier and Carrier Air Group 84 (CVG-84) participated in the final drive across the central Pacific. Roger Hedrick was promoted to head CVG-84 on the combat loss of the air group's commanding officer, and Lt. Cdr. Raymond "Ted" Hill took over the fighter squadron. VF-84 took part in the invasion of Iwo Jima; raids on Tokyo and other targets in Japan; the discovery and sinking of the Japanese battleship Yamato; and support of the invasion of Okinawa, including combat air patrol over the invasion fleet to defend against Kamikaze attack, ground support, and combat air patrol over targets on Okinawa. On 11 May 1945, while off Okinawa, two Japanese kamikazes struck the Bunker Hill in quick succession, with a bomb penetrating to the pilots' ready room, killing 22 members of VF-84. Both the Bunker Hill (then the TF-58 flagship) and CAG-84 were knocked out of the war. Although VF-84 was reformed in July 1945 as an F6F Hellcat squadron, the war ended while it was still in training. While in the Pacific, VF-84 was credited with 92 kills for a loss of four aircraft and nine of the squadron's pilots became aces. Roger Hedrick was an ace with 12 confirmed victories. He left VF-17 and became the CO of VF-84 aboard the USS Bunker Hill. In his career he received Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with 3 gold stars in lieu of 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Flying Cross; Air Medal with 2 gold stars in lieu of 2nd and 3rd Air Medal; Presidential Unit Citation; Navy Unit Commendation; American Defense Service Medal: American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 bronze stars; Victory Medal, World War ; China Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal.
**PLEASE NOTE: PILOTS TO FIT IN THE COCKPIT WILL BE AVAILABLE AT A LATER DATE.** PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BH-01 and BH-02 MODELS ARE AVAILABLE IN 14 pcs, ALLOWING FOR THE MODEL TO BE DISPLAYED WITH WINGS UP, WINGS DOWN OR WITH UNDERCARRIAGE RAISED AND SUPPORTED BY ANY OF THE JJD STANDS. FOR DISPLAY WITH UNDERCARRIAGE DOWN, FIRST SELECT AND ATTACH THE OPEN DOORS, AND THEN PLUG IN THE FRONT AND REAR UNDERCARRIAGE. SET THE MODEL ON ITS WHEELS AND THEN PLUG IN THE PROPELLOR. SLIDE THE WING EXTENSIONS ONTO THE WING SUPPORTS.**
Info: Vought F4U-1D Corsair, VF-84, Whites 167, 57803, Lt. Commander Roger Hedrick, USS Bunker Hill, February 1945, The Second World War—fourteen pieces


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  1. AMAZING 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Oct 2018

    Very very beautiful model, very detailed and a professional finish.

    John Jenkins designs is for the best in the 1/30 scale model market!

    I recommend it to all fans of Corsair F4U