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|Pilot Lt. Oscar Mortimer Bate, Jr. (survived) New York, NY
Crashed November 12, 1942
During June 1942, assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) to Marine Air Wing 1 (MAW-1). On June 15, 1942 assigned to VMF-122. On August 15, 1942 assigned to VMF-121. No known nickname or nose art. During August 1942 until lost this Wildcat operated from from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal.
Fates of the Pilot
During 2013–2014 local people from Barana village and other areas were hired by Anders Markwarth to salvage wreckage from the crash site including the intact wing and other wreckage that was carried from the crash site to the nearest road then transported to the Markwarth Collection. The recovered wreckage was stored at both Renandi and Point Cruz until containered an exported to Australia.
Between 2014–2017, the main dataplate with "Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat bureau number 5172" was removed and displayed at Barana Village Relic Display (Barana Museum).
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