National Geographic : 1961 Aug
"Go!" signals a flight officer on the U.S.S. Phil ippine Sea, and a rocket-toting F4U-4 roars off to blast a Korean target in August, 1950. First Navy Marine plane to surpass the Japanese Zero in per formance, the rugged, gull-winged Chance Vought Corsair fighter flew with the Navy for 14 years. Carrier Gunners Throw Up a Deadly Barrage; Japanese Planes Press a Brave but Costly Attack In April, 1944, an American task force struck at Truk, a Japanese bastion in the eastern Caroline Islands. Working under fire aboard the carrier Yorktown, Navy artist William F. Draper captures on canvas a ship's grim fight for life. Antiaircraft fire rakes the sky and takes a heavy toll, but still one plane in the center of the picture comes on. Skimming the water through geysers of spray, it heads straight for the car rier. Eyewitnesses recall that at the last moment it veered over the bow and crashed into the sea. Tor pedo plane at upper left, spewing flames and with one wheel dangling, banks away in a death plunge.