Interview with Leon Devereaux – Veteran Corsair fighter pilot

Had a great video biography interview with Leon Devereaux, Jr. today. He served as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot in WWII, flying a F4U Corsair off the aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La over the Japanese home islands. During an air battle off southern Hokkaido, he was credited with shooting down a twin-engine enemy plane. Admiral John McCain told him “great job, you are one for one!” His last combat flight was over the Battleship Missouri during the signing of the peace document ending WWII in Tokyo Harbor on September 2, 1945. He had over 40 combat missions and was awarded the air medal with three gold stars. Very nice man. He loved flying Corsairs. He said after the war they weren’t hiring many fighter pilots, so he had to get a real job.

Leon Devereaux with RJ McHatton

Leon Devereaux Corsair pilot Okinawa

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