|Pilot 2nd Lt. Chester E. Longshore, O-26771 (KIA, BR) Walla Walla County, WA
Crashed June 1, 1943
Built by Vought. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1 Corsair Bureau Number 02499.
Assigned to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) to Marine Air Wing 1 (MAW-1), Marine Air Group 12 (MAG-12) to Marine Fighting Squadron 212 (VMF-212) "Hell Hounds / The Musketeers". No known nickname or nose art.
On June 1, 1943 took off from Efate Island on a training flight. Over Moso Island, this aircraft suffered a mid air collision and crashed.
Recovery of Remains
After the crash, his remains were recovered and transported to the United States for permanent burial.
Longshore was buried at Tahoma Cemetery in Yakima, WA at plot E, grave 125 SW 1. His date of death on his grave stone is listed as March 9, 1944.
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F4U-1 Corsair 02499
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List June 1943 - F4U-1 Corsair 02499 lists loss location as Russells
FindAGrave - Chester E. Longshore (grave photo - date of death listed as March 9, 1944)
Thanks to Ted Darcy / WFI Research Group for additional information
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February 9, 2018