This Corsair could be US Navy, US Marine Corps or RNZAF.
Ditched off Munda.
Discovered in very deep open water, only occasionally dived. The radio call sign or Bureau Number dataplate has not been located to date.
Ewan Stevenson adds:
"It is most likely going to be a Marine F4U and probably one of the few that ditched off Munda on returning with battle damage from raids on Rabaul or the Cherry Blossom Patrol. The problem we have is there was a number of F4Us that ditched off Munda! Canopy looks open, plane is in good condition. Must be controlled ditching and pilot exited the plane on the water. That narrows it down a little. I had a look tonight at some War Diaries I have for VMF-222, VMF-212, VMF-216 but it is going to take a bit of work!"
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May 22, 2017