Hobbymaster 1/48th scale HA8220 F4U-2 Corsair “Midnite Cocktail” VMF(N)-532, USMC, Saipan, July 1944. Buy online at Flying Tigers.
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.
F4U-2 Corsair 02624 belonged to VMF(N)-532 Black 212 named “Midnite Cocktail” was assigned to Lt. Caniff but was flown by several pilots. On April 1, 1944 Capt. Howard Bollman was piloting this aircraft when several G4M Bettys from Saipan were encountered by Bollman and two other Corsairs from VFM(N)-532. The 3 Bettys were all shot down and Black 212 received a kill marking on its nose. Later in 1944 the Americans captured Saipan and used the airfield to advance toward the Japanese homeland.