LT. EDWARD "BUTCH" O'HARE ~ NAVY FLYING ACE ~ OFFICIAL NAVY PHOTOGRAPH - 1942

Scarce early original vintage silver gelatin print of famous U.S. Navy fighter pilot ace Lt. Edward O'Hare.
VIew shows Lt O'Hare posing for a photograph in his F4F-3 Wildcat fighter plane.
Lieutenant Commander Edward Henry "Butch" O'Hare (March 13, 1914 - November 26, 1943) was an Irish-American naval aviator of the United States Navy, who on February 20, 1942 became the Navy's first flying ace when he single-handedly attacked a formation of nine heavy bombers approaching his aircraft carrier. Even though he had a limited amount of ammunition, he managed to shoot down or damage several enemy bombers. On April 21, 1942, he became the first naval recipient of the Medal of Honor in World War II.
O'Hare's final action took place on the night of November 26, 1943, while he was leading the U.S. Navy's first-ever nighttime fighter attack launched from an aircraft carrier. During this encounter with a group of Japanese torpedo bombers, O'Hare's Grumman F6F Hellcat was shot down; his aircraft was never found. In 1945, the U.S. Navy destroyer USS O'Hare (DD-889) was named in his honor.
A few years later, Colonel Robert R. McCormick, publisher of the Chicago Tribune, suggested that the name of Chicago's Orchard Depot Airport be changed as a tribute to Butch O'Hare. On September 19, 1949, the Chicago, Illinois airport was renamed
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