Lieutenant Commander J.T. Blackburn, WW2 U.S. Navy
Tom Blackburn was the U.S. Navy’s top-scoring Corsair “ace” with 11 “kills” to his credit. A born leader, he came from a family of Naval officers. His most famous command was VF-17 “The Jolly Rogers”. He led the squadron from January 1943 until May 1944. During this time they shot down 154 Japanese aircraft, sank 5 transport ships and produced 12 other F4U “aces”.