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  F4U-1A Corsair Bureau Number 49668  
MAG 12
"Fighting Corsairs"

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Captain Bruce Diving 2004

Pilot  2nd Lt. William H. Holden (survived)
Ditched  April 17, 1945 at 16:15

AIrcraft History
Built by Vought. Assigned to the USMC to VMF-215 "Fighting Corsairs".

Mission History
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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Last Updated
May 3, 2016


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