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  F4U-1D Corsair Bureau Number 57251 Code 69
USMC
VMF-124

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February 25, 1945

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February 25, 1945

Pilot  2nd Lt. Donald A. Carlson, O-029427 (POW / survived) MS
Force Landed  February 25, 1945


Aircraft History
Built by Vought. Assigned to VMF-124. Fuselage code 69.

Mission History
On February 25, 1945 took off from USS Essex (CV-9) off Okinawa piloted by 2nd Lt. Donald A. Carlson on a fighter sweep over Japan. Carlson failed to return from the mission and was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Fates of the Crew
In fact, Carlson force landed in a rice paddy in Ibaragi Prefecture and was captured by the Japanese and became a Prisoner Of War (POW). At the end of the Pacific War, liberated from Tokyo POW Camp (Shinjuku) and repatriated to the United States.

Wreckage
This Corsair force landed intact and was inspected by the Japanese.

References
Asahi Shimbun February 26, 1945 (photo and news story)
YouTube Footage of crash F4U crash site 12:22 - 12:34
NARA Prisoner of War Data File - Donald A. Carlson
Thanks to Henry Sakaida and Toru Fukubayashi for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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