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December 1950
Korean War

FRIDAY, 1 DECEMBER 1950
(USMC) R46 Dakota 50768 crash landed at Hagaru-ri Airfield. Five days later, the wreckage was destroyed.

MONDAY, 4 DECEMBER 1950
(USN) Six F4U Corsairs from VF-32 took off from USS Leyte (CV-32) on a ground support mission over Chosin Reservoir. Force landed is F4U Corsair 97231 piloted by Ensign Jesse L. Brown (WIA, KIA, BNR, MIA) and wingman F4U Corsair 82050 piloted by Lt(jg) Thomas J. Hudner, Jr. crash landed beside him in an attempt to rescue his flight leader. Brown was pinned in the cockpit and he was unable to free him but spoke with Brown until he expired. Later, Hudner was rescued by helicopter and returned to duty.

(USMC) Meanwhile, Sikorsky HO3S-1 helicopter piloted by 1st Lt. Charles C. Ward was dispatched to the crash site and lands. Ward and Hudner attempted to rescued Brown, but were unable to free him before he expired then departed.

TUESDAY, 5 DECEMBER 1950

WEDNESDAY, 6 DECEMBER 1950
(USN) An F4U Corsair from VF-32 returned to the crash site area of of F4U Corsair 97231 and F4U Corsair 82050 and observed Brown's body still inside the cockpit of his aircraft.

THURSDAY, 7 DECEMBER 1950
(USN) F4U Corsairs from VF-32 returned to the crash site and dropped napalm onto the wreckage of F4U Corsair 97231 and F4U Corsair 82050 to destroy them both.

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