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"Thunderbolts / Lucifer's Messengers"
|Pilot Lt. James B. Sturgis (WIA, survived)
Crashed October 10, 1944
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.
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