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Merlin (FZG_Immel)
07-06-2004, 01:04 PM
hey.. guys, I need some help here. on all documents that I see, The F4U Lonsome Polecat is shown with 4 kill markings, on the right side of the fuselage only.. which is quite strange. Some of you have any picture of the plane (not profiles..) to prove this is right, or wrong..?

thx in advance-.

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Merlin (FZG_Immel)
07-06-2004, 01:04 PM
hey.. guys, I need some help here. on all documents that I see, The F4U Lonsome Polecat is shown with 4 kill markings, on the right side of the fuselage only.. which is quite strange. Some of you have any picture of the plane (not profiles..) to prove this is right, or wrong..?

thx in advance-.

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UF-Josse
07-06-2004, 02:26 PM
Hard to say, but Merl "Butch" Davenport performed 6 (or 6,25) victories with VF17.

I search if i sea a picture of right side...

heywooood
07-06-2004, 02:50 PM
see here (http://www.acepilots.com/usn_blackburn.html)

Merlin (FZG_Immel)
07-06-2004, 05:29 PM
in the period of the time that the plane interest me, it has only 4 kills. still looking for the info.

some picture (not lonsome Polecat, but other F4U of Vf17) shows kill marks on left flanc, other on right. Do you think they were on both sides..?

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BigKahuna_GS
07-06-2004, 07:34 PM
S!

http://www.acepilots.com/book_vf17.jpg

http://www.jolly-rogers.com/images/17-4hogs.jpg
http://www.jolly-rogers.com/images/f4u-stat.jpg
The pictures I'vs seen of Kepfords F4U always show the kill marks on the port side.


There are some models that do show kill marks on both sides though.
http://www.aviation-history.com/vought/f4u.html

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UF-Josse
07-07-2004, 10:47 AM
For Ira Kepford (VF-17 number white 29), i have a picture with victories markings right side too.

So, this special plane carry markings both sides with certainty.
For Others, id don't know, but, probably http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif sorry, no more informations