"NIGHT VICTORY"

BY ROY GRINNELL

L/E of 1,250. Signed by Guy P. Bordelon.

Size: 24" x 30"

Price: $150


American Fighter Aces
Series 1

Air Force F-86 Sabres dominated the air war in Korea, destroying 857 MiG-15s in nearly three years of aerial combat. There was one mission the fast jets couldn't handle, however - the defense against slow-flying Soviet prop-driven bombers and nuisance aircraft that flew their missions between dusk and dawn.

To combat the slow-movers, the U.S. Navy loaned Fifth Air Force a detachment of radar-equipped F4U-5N Corsairs from Night Composite Squadron Three (VC-3). Flying from K-16, 50 miles south of Seoul, on 17 July 1953 detachment commander Lt. Guy Bordelon was scrambled off alert to relieve one of his pilots whose radar was inoperative. Vectored to the target by the Joint Operations Center, he curved in behind a Soviet-built La-II.

As Bordelon described it, "I gave a 'tally-ho' and reported that the contact was definitely an unfriendly aircraft. JOC gave me clearance to fire, just as the enemy aircraft began to bank hard aport. Just as we passed Kaesong, he suddenly rolled level and I gave him a long burst of 20 MM HEI cannon fire. I saw a wing coming off and pulled left as he blew with a tremendous explosion. Then, turning right and circling, I could see the bright splash of fire on the ground where the La-II impacted."

With that victory, his fifth, Guy Bordelon became the only Navy ace, and the only night-fighter ace, in the Korean War.

This dramatic, highly accurate painting is the 17th that artist Roy Grinnell has done for the American Fighter Aces Association.