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  F4U-1 Corsair Bureau Number 55835  
USMC
MAW-2
MAG-12
VMF-321
"Hell’s Angels"

Pilot  1st Lt. Robert W. Marshall, O-020355 (MIA / KIA) LA
Crashed  January 20, 1944


Aircraft History
Built by Vought. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) to F4U-1 Corsair bureau number 55835. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South Pacific.

Wartime History
Assigned to the United States Marine Corps (USMC), 2nd Marine Air Wing (MAW-2), attached to Marine Air Group 12 (MAG-12) to Marine Fighting Squadron 321 (VMF-321) "Hell’s Angels". No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On January 20, 1944 took off from Torokina Airfield on Bougainville as part of a escort for B-25 Mitchells attacking Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul. Japanese aircraft intercepted, this aircraft failed to return. One of three F4Us were lost: this aircraft plus F4U 02402 and F4U 17914.

Memorials
Marshall was officially declared dead the day of the mission and posthumously promoted to the rank of Captain and earned the Purple Heart, posthumously. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

References
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F4U-1A Corsair 55835

USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List January 1944 - F4U Corsair 55835
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert W. Marshall
FindAGrave - Capt Robert Woodson Marshall (photo, tablets of the missing)

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Last Updated
January 23, 2019

 

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