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  FG-1A Corsair Bureau Number 13316  
"Thunderbolts / Lucifer's Messengers"

Pilot  Lt. James B. Sturgis (WIA, survived)
Crashed  October 10, 1944

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 13316. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South Pacific.

Wartime History
Assigned to the United States Marine Corps (USMC), 1st Marine Air Wing, Marine Air Group 14 (MAG-14) to Marine Observation Squadron (VMO-251) "Thunderbolts / Lucifer's Messengers". This aircraft had no known nickname, nose art or squadron number.

Mission History
On October 10, 1944 took off from Piva South Airfield on Bougainville piloted by James B. Sturgis on a fighter-bomber and strafing sweep over targets on New Britain and Bougainville. The formation included thirty-three F4U-1 Corsairs and eleven FG-1A Corsairs from VMO-251.

Mission 1) Ten Corsairs hit huts and gardens between Kara Airfield and Mount Senfft. Also a bivouac area at Kaino-Kupai and O.P. near Koromira and huts at Bonamu. Expended 16,400 rounds of 50 caliber ammunition, results unobserved, one hut burning.

Mission 2) Four Corsairs hit Lemingi plus huts up and down the coast dropping 4 x 500 lbs bombs and expending 3,800 rounds of .50 caliber ammunition, results unobserved.

Mission 3) Four Corsairs hit a bivouac near experimental gardens at Keravat dropping 4 x 500 lbs bombs and expending 800 rounds of 50 caliber ammunition, results unobserved.

Over the target, this Corsair was hit in the fuel pump by anti-aircraft fire. On landing, the aircraft caught fire. Pilot Sturgis escaped with only minor injuries. Afterwards, the aircraft was stricken from the Navy List. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

Navy Serial Number Search Results - FG-1A Corsair 13316
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List October 1944 - FG-1A Corsair 13316

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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