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  F4U-1A Corsair Bureau Number 56261  

Pilot  1st Lt James A. Foley, Jr., O-25369 (MIA / KIA) NY
MIA  August 31, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Vought. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1A Corsair bureau number 56261.

Wartime History
Assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) to squadron VMO-251.

Mission History
On August 31, 1944 took off from Bougainville on a low-level bombing mission against Talili Bay near Rabaul. Shot down by anti-aircraft fire and crashed "two miles north of Tavui Point". His plane and body were not recovered.

Foley was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

Steven G. Foley (son) adds:
"We are currently investigating side scan sonar technology in order to conduct a search of the area in the near future yet there are some questions we need answered that may further pinpoint the location of this aircraft. Do you know where "Rataval 130" is? We believe it is or was located along the Tunnel Hill on Talili Bay.  There are a few Ratavals I'll check on this one (the locals have a habit of moving a few km and building a settlement and naming after their old place so the names are often repeated across the peninsular).
Are there any war ruins about 350 yards inland, 2 miles south of Tunnel Hill Road on Talili Bay?  Nothing springs to mind, there are bunkers on the coast, an aircraft engine on the reef, and a tanks boogey set where the road has been eroded, and people are always digging things up, but there is nothing major. Are there ruins of the Japanese supply area just east of Kabagada Point?  I'll have to look on a map to check were this is.  There are tunnels all along the coast. Is there a village or war ruins about one mile in on Kurakakaul Road? There will be villages, it is one of the most heavily populated parts of PNG.  War ruins will be those buried."

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Last Updated
June 30, 2019


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