The Guadalcanal Air War, Col. Jefferson DeBlanc’s Story by Jefferson J. DeBlanc


Jefferson DeBlanc first saw action at Guadalcanal in the Pacific offensive. He had enlisted in a Marine Corps VMF-112 unit and became a Wildcat Pilot. Aided by a partner, he shot down two Betty bombers his first day. His second day he was promoted to second in command and shot down two fighter planes. He was soon leading his own squadron. Despite his success in the skies, he learned the value of his own life when his plane went down and he was rescued by coast watchers. His price? One sack of rice.

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