|Pilot 2nd Lt. William H. Holden (survived)
Ditched April 17, 1945 at 16:15
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 was at a bearing of 85° 10 miles off Diamond Head, when he noticed his engine 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. The time of the accident 1615, weather was CAVU with a 13 knot wind. Location
at time of ditching was 85° roughly four miles off Makapu'u
Point off Diamond Head on the east side of Ohau.
During the ditching, Holden was
cut slightly over the right eye climbing from the floating plane and was later rescued.
Afterwards, holden reported all engine instruments registered correctly, except the
cylinder head temperature which was broken before takeoff.
The cause iof the accident was deemed to be 100% caused by the engine.
Discovered during 1995, today a popular SCUBA dive site.
Thanks to Captain Bruce Diving for this information
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May 3, 2016