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  FG-1A Corsair Bureau Number 14053  
USMC
MAW-2
MAG-11
VMF-122

Pilot  Captain Carroll E. McCullah (survived)
Ditched  November 21, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Goodyear Aircraft Corporation in Akron, Ohio. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as FG-1A Corsair bureau number 14053. 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 11 (MAG-11) to Marine Fighting Squadron 122 (VMF-122) "Werewolves/Candystripers". This aircraft had no known nickname, nose art or squadron number.

Mission History
On November 21, 1944 took off from Peleliu Airfield on Peleliu Island on a combat mission. This Corsair ditched into the sea at the western reef off Koror Island. The pilot survived unhurt.

Rescue
McCullah was rescued and returned to duty.

Wreckage
On March 21, 2012 this Corsair was discovered by local divers spear fishing including Ngatibuchel Uchel and Aikman Megreos, Ililau Bausoch, Skilang Ililau, Dairon Rediall and Sabadong Ngirbedul at a depth of 45', roughly 200m inside the western reef intact and upright on the sea floor with the cockpit canopy open. Afterwards, they reported the aircraft to NECO Marine dive shop owner Shallum Etpison, who later reported it to Bent Prop.

References
Pilot's name is also spelled "McCullough" and "McCulloh" in wartime records
Navy Serial Number Search Results - FG-1A Corsair 14053
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List November 1944 - FG-1A Corsair 14053
Pacific Islands Report "Intact World War II Corsair Found in Palau Waters" March 22, 2012
Bent Prop - Site Survey Form Captain C.E. McCullah (survived), Western Reef, Republic of Palau [PDF]
Thanks to Bent Prop for additional information

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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