|Pilot Major Quintus B. Nelson, O-007968 (MIA / KIA) ND
Crashed April 16, 1945
Built by Goodyear Aircraft Corporation in Akron, Ohio as model V-166B. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as FG-1D Corsair bureau number 76471. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the Pacific and reassembled.
Assigned to the United States Marine Corps (USMC), Marine Air Wing 2 (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.
On April 16, 1945 took off took off from Peleliu Airfield on Peleliu Island on mission. This aircraft crashed into Malakal Harbor near Koror Island. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
During 2002, this Corsair was located by Bent Prop. The crash site is a large debris field over a 50m radius where it impacted into coral reef. During February 2004, the site was investigated by Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC).
Nelson was officially declared dead on April 16, 1945. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. During 2003, Bent Prop preformed a memorial service at the crash site with Jim Nelson, the pilot's son.
Jim Nelson (son of Nelson)
Navy Serial Number Search Results - FG-1D Corsair 76471
"76471 (VMF-122) crashed into Malakal Harbor on Palau at unknown date. Pilot MIA"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Quintus B. Nelson
FindAGrave - Maj Quintus B Nelson (tablets of the missing photo)
BentProp "PMAN V - p. 3 ATTACHMENT 1: Finding, mapping and identifying one new WWII U. S. Corsair fighter crash site, Malakal Harbor, 12-14 March 2003 via Wayback Machine March 31, 2006
BentProp "PMAN IV - p. 14 ATTACHMENT 7: Holding a memorial ceremony for Major Quintus B. Nelson, Squadron Commander, VMF-122 (KIA, BNR, 16 April 45), 16 April 02 via Wayback Machine November 19, 2010
Last Flight Home DVD tells the story of the search and the memorial service
Thanks to Daniel T. O'Brien / Bent Prop for additional information
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January 5, 2018