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  FG-1A Corsair Bureau Number 14011  
USMC
MAW-1
MAG-14
VMF-218
"Hellions"

Pilot  Lt. W. H. Hodson (survived)
Crashed  September 24, 1944


Aircraft History
Built by Goodyear Aircraft Corporation in Akron, Ohio. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as FG-1A Corsair bureau number 14011. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the Pacific and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) to 1st Marine Air Wing, Marine Air Group 14 (MAG-14) to Marine Fighting Squadron 218 (VMF-218) "Hellions". This aircraft had no known nickname, nose art or squadron number.

Mission History
On September 24, 1944 took off from Nissan Airfield (Green Island) piloted by Lt. W. H. Hodson. Returning from the mission, encountered bad weather near Green Island (Nissan), forcing the formation to navigate on instruments only. Unable to find a break in the weather, Hodson bailed out over Green Island Lagoon and landed unhurt.

Rescue
Afterwards, Hodson was rescued by a U. S. Navy PT Boat and returned to duty.

References
Navy Serial Number Search Results - FG-1A Corsair 14011
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List September 1944 - FG-1A Corsair 14011
VMF-218 Aircraft Action Report - September 24, 1944

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February 4, 2018

 

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