SNJ bureau number 26458 (Palmyra, Feb. 25, 1943

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SNJ bureau number 26458 (Palmyra, Feb. 25, 1943

Post by Alien_Aviator » Tue Aug 21, 2007 8:06 pm

SNJ bureau number 26458

SNJ bureau number 26458 was involved in a mid air collision with a F4F-4 in the Palmyra/Line Island area on 25 February 1943. My father’s cousin, PFC George A Burlingame Jr (USMCR) was riding in the rear gunner’s seat. The pilot, Lt Bruce Ffoulkes, survived by bailing out, George was lost with the SNJ. George’s body and the aircraft were never recovered. These data and information were obtained from reports, muster roles and similar documents I have obtained from the Military Personnel Records Center (St Louis, Mo), the USMC History Division, MCB Quantico and various web sites. [As a point of reference, Lt Ffoulkes went on to fly with VMF-213 (8/43-11/43) and then on to VMF-214. He was KIA on 12/23/43 in pursuit of a Japanese Zero over Raboul (USMC History Division documentation).]

However there is one important item missing (Palmyra was a rear, not front line base at this time and I am assuming this was a training accident and not combat related). Both reports provide no information on the F4F that collided with the SNJ or the pilot of this aircraft.

I am hopeful that there is information that may exist and provide additional documented details of the accident between the SNJ and F4F-4 such as pilot and bureau number.

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Post by Daniel Leahy » Sun Aug 26, 2007 4:24 am

Hi there,

Thanks for the information ... I have added these details to the PRIAM database and they will appear in the next update.

NORTH AMERICAN SNJ-4 TEXAN
Bu No 26458
C/N 88-10385
VMF-211
25-FEB-43
Pilot - Lt Bruce Ffoulkes, Jr, O-11443 (Survived)
Crew - PFC George A Burlingame, Jr, 354417 (MIA)

Also, here are the details for Ffoulkes' F4U lost over Rabaul:

VOUGHT F4U-1 CORSAIR
Bu No 17443
VMF-214
23-DEC-43
Pilot - Capt Bruce Ffoulkes, Jr, O-11443 (MIA)

I will pass all these details on to Justin so they can be added to the PWD profiles.
Daniel Leahy
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Post by Alien_Aviator » Fri Nov 02, 2007 7:22 am

Both reports provide no information on the F4F that collided with the SNJ or the pilot of this aircraft.
I have recently researched the VMF-211 Unit Recordss available through the Nation Archives, NARA-II College Park Maryland.

The pilot of the F4F-4 was Lt Ralph Robinson flying F4F-4 Bureau Number 02052. The report says the F4F-4 sustained slight damage to the right wing and tail wheel. The crash occurred at 1540.

I would be interested in any information available on Lt. Robinson.

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