"DEAN'S TIGHT SPOT" by ROY GRINNELL
Signed by Ace Dean Caswell
Limited Edition: $95
Size: 17" x 22"
Dean is assigned to VMF 221 aboard the USS Bunker Hill. Flying
the F4U Corsair, Dean participates in air strikes launched against
Japanese airfields on the island of Kyushu.
Okinawa April 28,1945. Dean leaves the deck of the USS Bunker Hill
accompanied by two other corsairs, they are assigned CAP to the west
of Okinawa. Directed north, they encountered approximately 25 fighters
covering a flight of Kamikazes approximately 120 miles north of
Okinawa and west of Kikai Shima. 1st Lt.. Dean finds himself in a
head-on flight with a KI.61 Hein (Tony).
In the split seconds that follow, Deanís wingman McManus yells that
there is a Zero on his tail. Caswell sees the tracers flying past him all
around from behind, and he fires all six 50-caliberís at the Tony
in front of him.
Net results are, the Tony explodes in front of him and McManus
has shot off the Zero from behind! In that air battle, Dean is credited
with three kills and three probables. Incredibly, Dean discovered
later that the pilot of the Tony survived.
Dean Caswell will finish the war with 7 confirmed victories. He will
remain in the Marine Corps as a career officer with two tours in the
Korean War, a short tour in Vietnam, and an F-4 Air Group in the USA.
Hand signed by the Ace Dean Caswell
Overall size 17" x 22" - $95.00
DEAN'S TIGHT SPOT by ROY GRINNELL (Dean Caswell: Marines: F-4U Corsair)@vbader.com