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F4F Wildcat- Butch O'Hare on the USS Lexington
Anyone who has had a few minutes to kill in terminal 2 of Chicago-O'Hare airport knows who Butch O'Hare is. On a platform is an authentic F4F-3 Wildcat, painted in the markings of "white 15," the plane Butch used on that fateful day of February 20th, 1942. Butch was flying combat operations with VF3, and after a day of fighting a large formation was spotted on the Lexington's radar. Only two aircraft were available: Butch's and his wingman's, Lt. Dufilho. The radar return turned out to be 8 Betty bombers, and Butch raced in for the kill. His wingman's guns were jammed, which left Butch with a tall order, but he filled it exceptionally. Butch placed around 60 well aimed bursts into 5 of the Betty bombers, downing them and causing enough havoc on the others that they missed the Lexington when they dropped their bombs. For his actions, Butch became the first pilot of WWII to win the Medal of Honor. Tragically, Butch would be lost in late 1943, leading the first carrier launched night intercept mission. Butch's legacy still lives on today, and I would highly recommend checking out his full bio. This diorama features the crew of the USS Lexington sending Butch of an another combat mission, with his new Wildcat, White 3 adorned with the 5 kill markings he earned earlier. The Wildcat Butch earned them in, White 15, crashed on takeoff not long after his mission in the hands of a new pilot. It was common for Naval Aviators to fly whatever aircraft was available, contrary to the AAF practice of assigning a fighter to a specific pilot. I really enjoyed making this little piece of the Lexington, and am going to expand it here shortly.
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  May 7, 2012
EXCELLENT
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  January 9, 2012
Nice job, especially on the plane's markings and the 20mm AA guns. Keep up the great work!!!
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  December 19, 2011
The one I have is for PS2, but I think there might be a X-Box version. Its called Heroes of the Pacific. I think there is a new one now called Heroes over Europe. Blazing Angles is also pretty good, just don't get the Wii version.
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Josh Guilbert
  December 16, 2011
Awsome work Ace!!
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Josh Guilbert
  December 16, 2011
Ace check out IL-2 Sturmovik Bird's Or Prey for the xbox360 its a realistic WW2 airplane game
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  December 16, 2011
This is most excellent;)
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  December 16, 2011
Quoting Scott Bertaut Woh, really nice job! I have herd about this guy a little before, a mission in one of my games has you hold off the Bettys. Your F4F needs no explanation but the carrier is a nice replica. I like the little vehicles on the deck.
What game iS it? I've been thinking of getting a WWII flying game for my xbox 360... Any suggestions?
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  December 16, 2011
Excellent! Everytime I fly through Chicago O'Hare, I go and see this very aircraft on display. Except it is the real one. Of course.
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  December 16, 2011
Woh, really nice job! I have herd about this guy a little before, a mission in one of my games has you hold off the Bettys. Your F4F needs no explanation but the carrier is a nice replica. I like the little vehicles on the deck.
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  December 16, 2011
Great to see you building scenes around your planes! The guns look pretty real!
 
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