|Pilot 1st Lt D. J. Moore
Crashed December 17, 1943
Assigned to VMF-214, side number 93.
Took off from Barakoma Airfield on Vella Lavella on a mission against Rabaul. Returning, this F4U landed at Stirling Airfield on rough gravel and hit a boulder with one of the wheels, flipping it over. Afterwards, Moore was hospitalized for shock overnight, then returned to duty.
The upside down Corsair was loaded onto a trailer by a crane from the 87th Construction Battalion Seabees, then taken to the dock area and transported to the nearest repair facility. Fate afterwards unknown, likely written off or scrapped.
Other sources incorrectly state this F4U crashed December 16, 1943
The Earthmovers 87th 1943–1945 page 67 "Corsair Cracks Up"
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February 4, 2018