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  Brewster F2A-3 Buffalo Bureau Number 01518 Code MF-1
USMC
VMF-221

Pilot  Major Floyd Bruce Parks, O-005006 USMC (MIA / KIA) Salisbury, MO
MIA  June 4, 1942


Aircraft History
Built by Brewster Aeronautical Corporation as a Model 339-23. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F2A-3 Buffalo bureau number 01518.

Wartime History
Assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) to squadron VMF-221 with code MF-1. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On June 4, 1942 took off from Midway Airfield piloted by Maj Floyd Bruce Parks during the Battle of Midway on an interception mission. This Buffalo was shot down by A6M2 Zeros roughly 30 miles northwest of Midway. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
Parks was officially declared dead on June 5, 1943. He earned the Navy Cross and Purple Heart, posthumously. He is memorialized at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at the courts of the missing on court 4. Parks also has a memorial marker at Salisbury Cemetery in Salisbury, MO.

References
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F2A-3 Buffalo 01518
"01518 (VMF-221) shot down by Japanese A6M2 30 mi NW of Midway Island, Battle of Midway, Jun 4, 1942. Pilot KIA"
'Summing it Up: VMF-221 at Midway' by Santiago A Flores
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Floyd Bruce Parks
FindAGrave - Maj Floyd Bruce Parks (photo, courts of the missing)
FindAGrave - Maj Floyd Bruce Parks (photo, memorial marker photo)

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Last Updated
May 30, 2018

 

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