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  F4U-1D Corsair Bureau Number 82356  
USN
USS Bennington CV-20
VMF-123

Pilot  2nd Warren Earl Vaughn, O-029620 USMCR (MIA / KIA) Childress, TX
Crashed  February 23, 1945


Aircraft History
Built by Vought. Assigned to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) aboard USS Bennington CV-20 to squadron VMF-123. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
Took off from USS Bennington CV-20 on a mission against Chi Chi Jima. Shot down over the target.

Fates of the Crew
Afterwards, Vaughn was captured by the Japanese and became a prisoner of war (POW). On March 15, 1945 Vaughn was beheaded by the Japanese. Afterwards, his body was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea.

Memorials
Officially declared dead on March 15, 1945. Vaughn is memorialized at the courts of the missing at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).

References
FindAGrave - Warren Earl Vaughn

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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1 Prisoner
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