Lieutenant Donald "FLASH" Gordon
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Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette
Hellcat Ace, Donald "Flash" Gordon
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Lieutenant Donald “Flash” Gordon
Donald Gordon was born in Garland, Kansas on July 17, 1920. He attended Fort Scott High School and graduated in 1939 continuing on to Fort Scott Junior College graduating in 1941. Gordon also took the Civil Pilots training program and got his pilot's license. After finishing college Donald entered the Naval Aviation Cadet Program on July 7, 1941. Donald completed flight training and was commissioned as an Ensign on March 12, 1942; he was now twenty-one years old. His first assignment was the new Fighter Squadron 10. The Squadron would be named the “Grim Reapers.”
It was October 1942 and the new Squadron was assigned to the USS Enterprise, CV-6. The first fighter Gordon flew from the decks of the Enterprise was the F4F Wildcat. Donald drew his first enemy blood on October 26th at the Battle of Santa Cruz. Ensign Gordon downed two Mitsubishi Type 97, aircraft. He was given a “probable” for a third Mitsubishi during the melee.
His next combat was on January 30, 1943 during a twelve-plane CAP or Combat Air Patrol northwest of the Cruiser, USS Chicago. Gordon was the first to spot eleven twin-engine Mitsubishi “Betty” bombers. Calling in the enemy sighting to the other fighter pilots they pealed off after the attacking medium bombers. From astern Gordon attacked one of the medium Japanese bombers. The bomber caught fire easily and nosed into the Pacific. Gordon then turned his fighter onto another enemy bomber and dispatch the target.
Gordon did not get credit for either of the bomber victories because he was the last to get back to the Ready Room. By the time he checked in with his report and victory claims Gordon found out that there had already been 19 claims on only eleven enemy bombers and Gordon knew he in fact he had shot down two of the bombers and watched two get away!
The other pilots knew that Gordon was aggressive which was a good start for a fighter pilots career. In two engagements Gordon was labeled “FLASH GORDON” form the science fiction action hero. It was well deserved with three confirmed aerial victories, two shared and one probable. Plus the two lost bombers.
In June 1943 their Squadron returned to the United States. While in the States the air squadron was refitted with the new F6F Hellcat. The Hellcat was a much more powerful fighter, bigger, heaver and faster. The Hellcat packed more ammunition of 1,600 fifty-caliber machine gun bullets in stead of 1,300 in the Wildcat.
In January 1944, Gordon returned to combat again on the Enterprise. Donald was now a Lieutenant (jg). Lt. (jg) Gordon’s first combat was on January 29 when he shot down a Zeke (Zero) near Taroa. On February 16th he became an official Ace when he downed another Zeke over Turk.
On April 1, 1944 Gordon was promoted to a full Lieutenant. During the battle know as the “Marinas Turkey Shoot”, Lt. Gordon downed a Judy torpedo bomber attempting to attack the American fleet on June 19th. The next day he took part in the counter-attack on the Japanese fleet. As Gordon escorted dive-bomber and torpedo aircraft he shot down a Zero in their defense.
Gordon remained in the Navy after the war and served in one of the first Squadrons that transitioned into the new jet fighters. Gordon continued his education and graduated from Jackson Collage in Hawaii. In 1961, He was promoted to Captain on February 1, 1962 and finally retired from the Navy in July 1967.
During his Naval career he was credited with seven confirmed aerial victories, one probable, and two shared. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Gold Stars, the Air Medal with three Gold Stars; Commendation with Combat “V” for the two shared victories, Navy Unit Citation and two Presidential Unit Citations, one for service on Guadalcanal and the other was from his service on the Enterprise.
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Re-Posted on June 22, 2011