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  F4U-1A Corsair Bureau Number 56212  

Pilot  Lt Robert Q. Bekins, Jr. (rescued)
Ditched  March 18, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Vought. Assigned to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) to VMF-222. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
Took off from Bougainville on a mission over Rabaul. Ditched roughly two miles north of Tavui Point in to the sea off the Duke of York Island Group.

Corsairs from VMF-222 escorted a PBY Catalina "Dumbo" on a rescue mission to rescue Bekins.

Jim Sawruk adds:
"This rescue was not performed by VP-91 as I have all of their rescues listed. There are a few possibilities including VP-11 but that is a longshot."

Robert Bekins (son of Bekins)
"The ID card below was issued by Max Karant of the "American Division of the Goldfish Club" For those who escaped death through the emergency use of life jacket or dinghy. Sure glad my Dad made it!"

USMC Aviators page 93 (Wilson logbook March 18, 1944 "Dumbo - Escort Rabaul, strafed shore battieries - Lt. Bekins rescued by Dumbo")

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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