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SKIDRO_79FS
09-15-2004, 05:18 PM
I just read this on another forum:

Lt.Col John F."Jack" Bolt USMC pilot last surviving double ace has past away do to acute leukemia in Tampa Bay Florida.

During WWII Col Bolt was a member of the VMF-214 "Black Sheeps" he was credit with six Zeros in combat missions between 1943-1944. Col. Bolt is know for single-handley attacking a convoy of Japanness barges and troop ships sink several and inquring the raff of Pappy . Bolt was praised by then COMCINPAC Adm. Bull Halsey for his one-man war on Jap shipping.

In Korea Col. Bolt was a exchange pilot with the USAF while flying F-86 he shot down another Six aircraft these all being Mig-15s. He was the only USMC ace of Korea and one of only seven double aces in both wars.

Col. Bolt recieved three DFC and the Navy cross. He received the Navy Cross the second highest award in the Navy for actions of July 11 1953 when he lead a flight low on fuel in on an attack. the flight shot down four aircraft and Col. Bolt shot two of them down.

He retired from the USMC in 1962 and went on to Law school where he earned a degree. Col Bolt specialized in real estate law and pratice till 1991 when he finally retired.

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SKIDRO_79FS
09-15-2004, 05:18 PM
I just read this on another forum:

Lt.Col John F."Jack" Bolt USMC pilot last surviving double ace has past away do to acute leukemia in Tampa Bay Florida.

During WWII Col Bolt was a member of the VMF-214 "Black Sheeps" he was credit with six Zeros in combat missions between 1943-1944. Col. Bolt is know for single-handley attacking a convoy of Japanness barges and troop ships sink several and inquring the raff of Pappy . Bolt was praised by then COMCINPAC Adm. Bull Halsey for his one-man war on Jap shipping.

In Korea Col. Bolt was a exchange pilot with the USAF while flying F-86 he shot down another Six aircraft these all being Mig-15s. He was the only USMC ace of Korea and one of only seven double aces in both wars.

Col. Bolt recieved three DFC and the Navy cross. He received the Navy Cross the second highest award in the Navy for actions of July 11 1953 when he lead a flight low on fuel in on an attack. the flight shot down four aircraft and Col. Bolt shot two of them down.

He retired from the USMC in 1962 and went on to Law school where he earned a degree. Col Bolt specialized in real estate law and pratice till 1991 when he finally retired.

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Chuck_Older
09-15-2004, 05:23 PM
Well, he's home now http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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MK2aw
09-15-2004, 07:54 PM
He was very gracious with autograph request. Quite the gentleman.

He will be remembered.

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woofiedog
09-15-2004, 10:47 PM
http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif Found this photo and story about his run in with Boyington.
Painting of John Bolt and Henry Millers F4U's by Troy White
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Tonolei
On the 16th of October, toward the end of the first tour, five Black Sheep divisions (20 planes) took off in the morning, three to escort some SBD's on a strike against Kara airfield, the other two on a fighter sweep. Bolt flew with the fighter sweep, which Boyington was leading. As they flew over Kahili's Tonolei Harbor, they saw that it was filled with Japanese barges. "Nobody shoot" ordered the normally aggressive Boyington, who led the eight Corsairs on a long, erratic route.

While Boyington proceeded back to Munda, Bolt and the rest could only make Vella Lavella. At Vella, Bolt decided to fly back to Tonolei Harbor himself, to shoot up those barges. "The skipper will be pissed," a pilot warned. Bolt went anyway, and at Tonolei, he blasted one barge full of troops, an empty barge, a tug, and another small cargo vessel. Most of the vessels, he left burning and sinking. Back at Munda, Boyington was indeed "pissed".

But Admiral Halsey was more supportive:

THAT ONE MAN WAR ... CONDUCTED BY LIEUT. BOLT AGAINST JAP
STUFF IN TONOLEI HARBOR, WARM HEART (STOP) HALSEY

As Bolt described it in The Black Sheep: "Boyington never cottoned to me much after that."


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09-15-2004, 10:56 PM
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Flyby_99
09-16-2004, 05:57 AM
Salute to another passing Warrior. May he find clear skies as he flies home.
Flyby out

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09-16-2004, 07:28 AM
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09-16-2004, 01:22 PM
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