|Pilot 2nd Lt. William H. Holden (survived)
Ditched April 17, 1945 at 1615
Built by Vought. Assigned to the USMC to VMF-215 "Fighting Corsairs".
Took off from Homestead Field on Molokai on a ferry flight to Ewa Field on Oahu. Twenty minutes during the flight, this Corsair at a bearing of 85 degrees 10 miles off Diamond Head, when he noticed his RPM fluctuating. Soon afterwards
his oil began to spray on his windshield and his engine lost all
power. His engine was wind milling when he stalled into the water
in a three point attitude at approximated at 90 knots. He was
cut slightly over the right eye climbing from the floating plane. Lt.
Holden reported all engine instruments registered correctly, except the
cylinder head temperature which was broken before the takeoff.
Time of the accident was 1615, weather was CAVU with a 13 knot wind. Location
at time of ditching was 085 deg 4 mi from Diamond Head. Cause off
accident was 100% power plant. It crashed off Makapu'u
point, on the east side of Ohau.
Discovered around 1995. Now, a popular site for SCUBA divers.
Thanks to Captain Bruce Diving for this information
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March 5, 2013