International: The Navy's First Ace

Naval Lieut. Guy P. Bordelon, now 31, spent eleven years waiting for a crack at enemy planes. He got his wings in World War II, but, as he says, "when the war ended, I had seen one Japanese aircraft— one they showed us back in flight-training days." In Korea, enemy aircraft seemed as far away as ever: Bordelon was assigned to a prop-driven F-4U Corsair— no match for a MIG-15—and set about the essential but dull task of attacking Communist supply lines.

Last month at last, Aviator Bordelon got his chance. Nearly every night,...

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