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An elated fighter pilot, Alexander Vraciu, showing how many enemy planes he just shot down, his share in the Marianas Turkey Shoot. Fighting Squadron VF-16 aboard USS Lexington (Essex-class), 19 Jun 1944

Caption   An elated fighter pilot, Alexander Vraciu, showing how many enemy planes he just shot down, his share in the Marianas Turkey Shoot. Fighting Squadron VF-16 aboard USS Lexington (Essex-class), 19 Jun 1944 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy
Identification Code   BuAer 236841
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F6F Hellcat   Main article  Photos  
Mariana Islands Campaign and the Great Turkey Shoot   Main article  Photos  Maps  
Lexington (Essex-class)   Main article  Photos  
Photos on Same Day See all photos dated 19 Jun 1944
Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 1 Jan 2006

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
31 Aug 2015 09:59:06 PM

Alexander Vraciu was already an Ace before this date with nine aerial kills. His six kills during the Marianas Turkey Shoot is remarkable enough but it rises to the level of amazing when considering his Hellcat fighter had a malfunctioning supercharger but he still shot down those six airplanes within an eight minute period and only fired 360 rounds of ammunition, which means he averaged machine gun bursts of less than five seconds for each plane he downed. All six planes were Yokosuka D4Y ‘Judy’ dive bombers. Vraciu was the US Navy’s leading Ace for about a four month period and finished the war with 19 kills, tied for fourth among Navy pilots.

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