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  F4U-1 Corsair Bureau Number 02326  
USMC
MAW-4
MAG-22
VMF-212

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1997

Pilot  1st Lt. Other F. Smith, O-016029 (survived) LA
Ditched  June 22, 1943


Aircraft History
Built by Vought. Delivered to the United States Marine Corps (USMC). Assigned to Marine Air Group 22 (MAG-22) to Marine Fighting Squadron 212 (VMF-212) "Hell Hounds / The Musketeers". No known nickname or nose art.

Wartime History
On June 22, 1943 took off from Midway Airfield on a flight. This aircraft ditched outside Midway Lagoon at Midway Atoll. Pilot Smith was unhurt.

Rescue
Afterwards, Smith was rescued by a PT Boat from Midway and returned to duty. On July 26, 1943 Smith went Missing In Action (MIA) piloting F4U Corsair 02242.

Wreckage
In the summer of 1997, tourist divers exploring the ocean off Midway Atoll discovered this Corsair upside down on a sandy bottom in clear water. Based on the location and condition, it is believed to be Lt. Smith's aircraft.

References
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List June 1943 - F4U Corsair 02326 June 22, 1943 MAG-22
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Other Forrest Smith
FindAGrave - 1Lt Other Forrest Smith (courts of the missing photo)

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Last Updated
February 9, 2018

 

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