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  F4U-1 Corsair Bureau Number 17452  

Pilot  1st Lt G. A. Davis (rescued)
Crashed  December 13, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Vought. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1 Corsair bureau number 17452. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South Pacific and reassembled.

Mission History
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.

Davis was 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).

Navy Serial Number Search Results - F4U-1 Corsair 17452
Thanks to Jim Sawruk for rescue information

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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