The Jolly Rogers, having shot down 127 Japanese aircraft in 75 days of combat, became one of the most famous fighter squadrons in the U.S. Navy. VF-17 was credited with 15 aces, and is shown here with Lt. Ira C. "Ike" Kepford. Kepford, was the leading ace at the time with 16 victories, and is seen here flying number Corsair 29.
By: Domenic DeNardo
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