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  FG-1A Corsair Bureau Number 13112  
USMC
MAW-2
MAG-31
VMF-441

Aircraft History
Built by Goodyear Aircraft Corporation in Akron, Ohio as model V-166B. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as FG-1A Corsair bureau number 13112. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the Pacific and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the United States Marine Corps (USMC), 2nd Marine Air Wing (MAW-2), Marine Air Group 31 (MAG-31) to Marine Fighting Squadron 441 (VMF-441) "Blackjacks". This aircraft had no known nickname, nose art or squadron number.

Mission History
On January 12, 1944 took off from Tutuila Airfield (Pago Pago Airport) piloted by 2nd Lt. E. R. Searight. This Corsair was lost south of Samoa.

Justin Taylan adds:
"The details of this aircraft and the plot are confusing. USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List January 1944 lists FG-1A Corsair 13112 as pilot as '2nd LT E. H. Searight' with the status of 'missing'. It is unclear if FG-1A Corsair 13112 was lost or if this bureau number is in error.

There is no U. S. Marine with the name "E. R. Searight" listed in the U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls, 1798-1958 or listed as Missing In Action (MIA) on American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC). Therefore, this name must be incorrect.

Most likely, this loss could be associated with Captain Donald F. O'Sullivan, O-011926 (MIA / KIA) from New York who went Missing In Action (MIA) on January 12, 1944 at Samoa. The USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List January 1944 lists O'Sullivan as lost aboard F4U-1 Corsair 18065, so it is unclear if he was lost aboard that plane or this one."

Memorials
O'Sullivan was officially declared dead on January 12, 1944. He is memorialized at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at court 4.

References
Navy Serial Number Search Results - FG-1A Corsair 13112
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List January 1944 - FG-1A Corsair 13112 pilot 2nd LT E. H. Searight [sic]
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Donald F. O'Sullivan
FindAGrave - Capt Donald F O'Sullivan (tablets of the missing photo)
Fold3 - Donald F O'Sullivan
US Marine Corps Casualty Indexes - Donald Francis O'Sullivan
United States Marine Corps Casualties - Part 1 By Name 1941-45 O'Boyle to Ozbourn - O'Sullivan, Donald F.
"O'SULLIVAN, Donald F, CAPT, O-011926, USMC, from New York, location Samoa, date of loss January 12, 1944 (pm) + O'SULLIVAN, Donald F, Captain, O-011926, USMC, from New York, Honolulu Memorial (bm) + O'SULLIVAN, Donald Francis, 11926, VMFIII (sic), MAG13, 4thMBDAW, FMF, Samoan Is, January 12, 1944, accidental death (mc) + O'SULLIVAN, Donald F., Captain, USMCR. Father, Mr. Denis O'Sullivan, 250 Park Ave., New York, NY (na)"

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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