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COMMANDER GUY P. "LUCKY PIERRE" BORDELON JR. - AUTOGRAPH LETTER TRIPLE SIGNED - HFSID 190259
COMMANDER GUY BORDELON, JR.
Letter describing his Korean War aircraft and combat successes,
signed in the return address, in the text, and again in the closing.
Autograph Letter triple signed: "CDR Guy P. Bordelon,
Jr./USN, Retd.", "Commander Guy Pierre Bordelon, Jr U.S. Navy Retired,"
and "Guy P. Bordelon", 1 page, 8½x11. Ruston, Louisiana,
1990 November 3. On letterhead of the Ruston Kiwanis Club to "Dear Mr.
Mann", in full: "I received a letter addressed to a Commander
Clarence A. Borley, requesting the type 'nose' art utilized on his aircraft. You
must have intended this request for a fighter 'ace' and I happen to be one! My
name, however, is Guy Pierre Bordelon, Jr., U. S. Navy Retired. I had
five night victories in the Korean War and was the only night fighter ace, the
only Navy ace, and the only ace flying propeller driven aircraft during the
KOWAR. I provide this information 'gratis' in case you were misinformed
concerning my name! My A/C was an F4U=FN all-weather version of the famed
Corsair built by C. Vought. My nose insignia was a Hawaiian dancing girl painted
on a powder blue background on both port and starboard cowl flaps. Take a close
look at the enclosed photo [Item not included.] Under the dancing girl
was painted in gold "annie-Mo' a pet name for my wife! Nan Papa 21 was Annie Mo!
Best regards". US naval aviator Guy P. "Lucky Pierre" Bordelon, Jr.
(1922-2002) served in World War II without seeing combat, but made up for
that in Korea, achieving ace status with 5 aerial victories in a 17-day span
(June 29-July 15, 1953). He flew mostly low-level night bombing missions in
a F4U Corsair, the greatest danger coming from ground fire, not enemy
aircraft (which were scarce in that environment), but Bordelon found targets. He
was the Navy's only Korean War ace, the only nighttime flying ace of that
war, and - probably - the last propeller aircraft ace in history. Bordelon
remained in the Navy until 1969, teaching survival training to Vietnam-bound
pilots and assisting in NASA capsule recovery missions. Multiple mailing folds.
Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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