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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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COMMANDER GUY P. BORDELON JR.
Born: February 1, 1922 in Ruston, Louisiana
Died: December 19, 2002





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