Monday, July 6, 2015
WWII US Navy Lieutenant (jg) Hellcat Pilot VF-47 USS Bataan (CVL-29)
Here is a nice coat that appeared recently. It is named to a pilot who was attached to VF-47 (Fighting Cocks) flying Hellcats from the USS Bataan (CVL-29). This pilot participated in the sinking of the Yamato on April 6th 1945, where he was awarded the Flying Cross. Although not an ace, he shot down 3.5 aircraft during the Battle of Okinawa. Although not the focus of my collection, I've been looking for an excellent representation of a WWII Navy pilot attributed coat, this one being a great example.