On This Day…November 14th.
The deck crew of the USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) clearing snow from the flight deck, off Korea, 14 Nov 1950; the F4U-4B Corsairs belong with US Marine Corps squadron VMF-323. The Badoeng earned six battlestars in Korea.
This following photo is nothing to do with Nov 14th, but I included it as it shows a very unusual subject, the hybrid powered Ryan FR1 ‘Fireball’. This is a shot of a Fireball taking off from the deck of the USS Badoeng – taken in 1947. Don’t think I’ve ever seen a model of this bird.
US Army Sergeant Joseph H. Kadlec delivering Christmas packages sent from the US. Taken on 14 Nov 1944, Zweifall, Germany.
On November 14, 1942, Harold Bauer shot down two enemy aircraft in an attack 100 miles off Guadalcanal before being shot down himself. He was last seen in the water apparently unhurt, floating in his Mae West life jacket. A lengthy and intensive air and sea search over the following days failed to find him.
This is his citation for the Medal of Honour…
For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous courage as Squadron Commander of Marine Fighting Squadron TWO TWELVE in the South Pacific Area during the period May 10 to November 14, 1942.
Volunteering to pilot a fighter plane in defense of our positions on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, Lieutenant Colonel Bauer participated in two air battles against enemy bombers and fighters outnumbering our force more than two-to-one, boldly engaged the enemy and destroyed one Japanese bomber in the engagement of September 28 and shot down four enemy fighter planes in flames on October 3 leaving a fifth smoking badly. After successfully leading twenty-six planes in the over-water ferry flight of more than six hundred miles on October 16, Lieutenant Colonel Bauer, while circling to land, sighted a squadron of enemy planes attacking the USS McFarland.
Undaunted by the formidable opposition and with valor above and beyond the call of duty, he engaged the entire squadron and, although alone and his fuel supply nearly exhausted, fought his plane so brilliantly that four of the Japanese planes were destroyed before he was forced down by lack of fuel.
His intrepid fighting spirit and distinctive ability as leader and an airman, exemplified in his splendid record of combat achievement, were vital in the successful operations in the South Pacific Area.
Bomb bay camera photo taken from a TBF-1 Avenger (flying from the USS Essex) captures the moment of bomb release over the Pasig River in Manila, Philippines, 14 Nov 1944. The raid was on the dock area just out of shot.
A USAAF P-38F Lightning fighter of the 50th Fighter Squadron, 14th Fighter Group, at Camp Tripoli airfield, Iceland, 14th November 1942.
A squadron of Hawker Hinds of No. 502 (Ulster) Squadron in flight from RAF Aldergrove, Northern Ireland taken on 14 November 1937. I believe there is only one of these beautiful aircraft left in the work that is airworthy.