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  F4U-1A Corsair Bureau Number 55916  
USMC
MAW-1
MAG-11
VMF-218


Pilot  2nd Lt. Robert Stearns Thompson, O-026318 (MIA / KIA) Queens, NY
MIA  February 6, 1944


Aircraft History
Built by Vought. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1A Corsair bureau number 55916. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South Pacific.

Wartime History
Assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC), Marine Air Wing 1 (MAW-W), Marine Air Group 11 (MAG-11), Marine Fighting Squadron 218 "Hellions" VMF-218. No known nickname, nose art or squadron number.

Mission History
On February 6, 1944 took off from Piva Airfield on Bougainville piloted by 2nd Lt. Robert Stearns Thompson on a mission over Rabaul.

When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
Thompson was officially declared dead on January 17, 1946. He earned the Purple Heart, posthumously. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

Relatives
Craig Purdy (nephew):
"DOB August 30, 1920. Postumously promoted to 1st Lieutenant. Unknown whether his loss was outbound or on the return from this sortie. Any info on this aircraft would be appreciated."

References
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F4U-1A Corsair 55916
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List February 1944 - F4U-1A Corsair 55916
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert S. Thompson
FindAGrave - 2Lt Robert Stearns Thompson (photo, tablets of the missing)

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019

 

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