|Pilot 1st Lt G. A. Davis (rescued)
Crashed December 13, 1943
Built by Vought.
On December 13, 1943 took off from Barakoma Airfield on Vella Lavella Island. Over the target, hit by anti-aircraft fire, ditched south of Ballale Island near Shortland Island.
rescued on December 14, 1943 by a VP-14 PBY Catalina commanded by Lt(jg) F. A.Tanner.
On December 13, 1943, F4U 17452 piloted by Davis ditched. He was spotted the next day by VP-14 PBY Catalina commanded by Lt(jg) F. A. Tanner at 0555, south-east of Shortland (Alu) at 07-08S 155-55E. The Catalina landed, and rescued Davis, and took off again at 0610. During the rescue, the Catalina came under fire from a shore battery (possibly 140mm Naval Gun on Poporang Island).
Thanks to Jim Sawruk for rescue information
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February 4, 2018