Heavily armed with rockets and a bomb, this Vought F4U-B Corsair of Marine Corps fighter squadron VMF-214 “Blacksheep” prepares to launch from the USS Sicily (CVE-118) for a nighttime strike. Picture circa August-October, 1950
“During a Japanese air raid on Yonton Airfield, Okinawa, Japan on April 28, 1945, the corsairs of the "Hell’s Belles,” Marine Corps Fighter Squadron are silhouetted against the sky by a lacework of anti-aircraft shells.“
“Dozens of F4U Corsair and F6F Hellcat fighter planes fly in formation over the USS Missouri, while the surrender ceremonies to end World War II take place aboard the U.S. Navy battleship, on September 2, 1945.”
The Corsair was designed as a carrier-based aircraft but its difficult carrier landing performance rendered it unsuitable for Navy use until the carrier landing issues were overcome by the British Fleet Air Arm.
Aboard the USS Block Island (CVE 106), a Marine ordnance man works on the .50 cal machine guns of a Vought F4U “Corsair” on one of the ship’s elevators during operations off Okinawa - 5 June 1945 (USMC photo)