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  FG-1A Corsair Bureau Number 14015  
USMC
MAW-1
MAG-14
VMF-222
"Flying Deuces"

Pilot  1st Lt. Robert V. Barnett (survived)
Crashed  November 7, 1944 at 19:35

Aircraft History
Built by Goodyear Aircraft Corporation in Akron, Ohio as model V-166B. Assigned to the United States Navy (USN) as FG-1A Corsair bureau number 14015. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the Pacific and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the United States Marine Corps (USMC), 1st Marine Air Wing (MAW-1), Marine Air Group 14 (MAG-14) to Marine Fighting Squadron 222 (VMF-222) "Flying Deuces". This aircraft had no known nickname, nose art or squadron number.

Mission History
On November 7, 1944 took off from Nissan Airfield (Green Island) at 3:00pm piloted by 1st Lt. Robert V. Barnett on a patrol mission (ACA-1, Number 18) over Rabaul. The formation included Dugan, Irwin, Barnett and James. Over the target, at 5:35pm, this Corsair suffered a hydraulic line break.

Unable to continue the patrol, Barnett and his wingman returned to Nissan Island (Green Island). Unable to lower his landing gear, Barnett was instead ordered to bail out over the lagoon. At 7:35pm, Barnett bailed out from an altitude of 4,700' and landed in the sea unhurt.

Rescue
Barnett was rescued by surface vessels in the area and cooperating PBY Catalina "Blackcat" at 21:10 and returned to duty.

References
Navy Serial Number Search Results - FG-1A Corsair 14015
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List November 1944 - FG-1A Corsair 14015
VMF-222 War Diary November 6 - 11, 1944
VMF-222 Roster - 1st Lt. Robert V. Barnett
Thanks to Nick Zeigler for additional information

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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