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Corsair MK.II Sub Lt. Donald J. Sheppard, No. 1836 Squadron, HMS Victorious, Sakishima Islands, East China Seas, May, 1945
General Background
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 it bent wings making it an icon.
The Aircraft
Sub Lt. Donald J. Sheppard was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR) who served with the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. He was assigned to the 47th Naval Fighter Wing, 1836 Squadron flying a Corsair II. On January 7, 1945 Sheppard shot down two Oscars and later in January he shot down two more aircraft and two shared kills. On May 4 1945 flying 13-6 P JT537 he shot down an Asahi D4Y1 Model 11 Suisei (Judy) making him the only FAA Corsair ace of WWII.
Specifications :
Total Aircraft Manufactured: 12,571 of 24 variants
Manufactured By: Vought and under license by Goodyear and Brewster
Crew: 1 pilot
Powerplant: 1 x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8W radial engine producing 2,250 HP (1,678 kW)
Maximum Speed: 425 mph (369 kn / 684 kph)
Service Ceiling: 36,900 ft (11,200 m)
Rate of Climb: 3,180 ft/min (16.2 m/s)
Range: 1,015 mi (882 nm / 1,633 km)
Length: 33 ft 4 in (10.1 m)
Wingspan: 341 ft 0 in (12.5 m)
Height: 16 ft 1 in (4.9 m)
Empty: 8,982 lb (4,073 kg)
Loaded: 14,000 lb (6,300 kg)
Guns: 6 x 0.50 in (12.7 mm) AN/M2 Browning Machine guns with 400 rounds per gun for 4 and 375 rounds per gun for two
Rockets: 4 x 5 in. (12.7 cm) High Velocity Aircraft Rockets
Bombs: 2,000 lbs. (910 kg)