|Pilot 2nd Lt. Jack
G. Morris, O-25665 (survived) Ridgefield, WA
Built by Vought. This aircraft was initially assigned to VMF-214.
Gamble reports: "According to Maj. Henry Miller (flight officer during VMF-214
Black Sheep's second tour) records, and 02566 was flown on one day
by Ed Harper. It was flown on a fighter sweep over Rabaul on December 23, 1943 and
returned to base. That was the only time the plane was in the VMF-214
rotation during that tour, from the records."
Afterwards, transfered to VMF-218. No known nose art or nickname. Assigned to 2nd Lt. Jack G. Morris.
G. Morris adds:
"On the way to combat zone on January 31 I flew an old rehab with birdcage
canopy on ferry hop 600 miles from Espirito Santo to Guadalcanal, gladly
left it in the fighter pool at Henderson. It backfired whenever I throttled
back, made me nervous. Its was F4U Corsair 02566."
10, 1944 took off Piva Uncle to escort B-25's
bombing Vunakanaua Airfield near Rabaul along with other USN, USAAF and RNZAF fighters. Over the target, Morris' plane was 'tail end charlie' in the whole
formation, attacked by a fighter, he was shot down and wounded above the eye, and passed out. Just
before crashing, he came to, and bailed out.
Morris spent eight days behind enemy lines, as he made his way out of
the jungle and followed a river to towards the sea. He was then rescued in his
life raft in the open sea by RNZAF PBY Catalina NZ4013 piloted by by Fg Off McGrane.
In 1990, the wreckage of this F4U was located by David Lindley east the Warangoi
River. The wreckage was identified by Brian
During December 1990, the wreckage was recovered from the crash site and placed on display at the Kokopo
War Museum. The wreckage was put on display as it had been discovered with nothing removed, restored or changed. The wreckage includes .50 caliber ammunition and twisted metal that makes it an interesting presentation
a WWII relic.
During 1991, former pilot Jack
G. Morris visited the wreckage at the museum.
"There was a line of wreckage: two pieces part of the tail and part of the outer wing pannel. He must have touched the jungle on his way down, and the plane had impacted the jungle once before it crashed further up the hill. Morris said his canopy was covered in oil as he was coming in. I surmise he was probably upside down when he bailed out, and the aircraft crashed. He was seconds between life and death."
Angel Left by Jack Morris tells the story of his crash & escape
6 Squadron Diary - February 18, 1944
"On the same day a fighter pilot who had been shot down 8 days previously was rescued from open sea by Fg Off McGrane and crew".
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January 5, 2018