|Pilot Lt. Ralph E. Boggs, O-156883 (KIA, BR) AR
Crashed July 24, 1945
Built by Vought. Delivered to the United States Navy (USN) as F4U-4 Corsair bureau number 81319.
Assigned to USS Lexington (CV-16) to squadron VBF-94. No known nickname or nose art.
On July 24, 1945 took off from USS Lexington (CV-16) piloted by Lt. Ralph E. Boggs. Over the target, this Corsair began a strafing run over Maisaka to Arai. Over Maisaka, this Corsair was hit by 75mm anti-aircraft fire from guns at Benten Jima.
Damaged, this Corsair was observed emitting black smoke from the engine and turned back to Imagire at the mouth of Lake Hamana, then flew to Maisaka and came back to Imagire when the engine caught fire before it crashed at the western side of Hamana Bridge near Imagire to the east of Arai.
After the crash, the cockpit section landed on the bridge while the wings and engine landed elsewhere. The pilot's body landed several meters to the east, thrown out of the cockpit, with the left leg severed from the him and his face damaged.
On July 25, 1945 a search aircraft B-17H Flying Fortress 43-38882 searched for this aircraft but was also shot down by anti-aircraft fire and crashed northwest of Arai.
Recovery of Remains
A few minutes after the crash, a motorcycle with side car from the Kempei Tai (military police) arrived and removed the pilot's body. Afterwards, Boggs body was buried nearby along with the deceased crew of B-17H Flying Fortress 43-38882 near the crematorium at Arai. Postwar, Boggs remains were recovered and transported to the United States for permanent burial.
Boggs was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Boggs was buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at Q-285. Boggs also has a memorial marker at Oakland Memorial Cemetery in Clarksville, AR.
Guice Howell (nephew of Boggs)
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F4U-4 Corsair 81319
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List July 1945 F4U Corsair 81319
Lt Ralph Edwin Boggs (grave photo)
Ralph Edwin Boggs (memorial marker)
"A Dumbo Fort was lost on July 25 1945" by Minoro Kamada July 3, 2016
Thanks to Minoro Kamada for research and analysis.
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January 5, 2018