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  F4F-4 Wildcat Bureau Number ?  

Shane Elliott Oct 11, 2008

Aircraft History
Built by Grumman Corporation in Bethpage, New York. Delivered to the United States Navy (USN) as F4F-F Wildcat bureau number unknown.

Wartime History
Assigned to either the United States Navy (USN) to an unknown Fighting Squadron (VF) including: VF-5, VF-6, VF-8 or VF-10 that operated on aircraft carriers or VF-11, VF-12, VF-21, VF-26, VF-27 or VF-28 that operated landed based. Alternately, assigned to a United States Marine Corps (USMC) to an unknown Marine Fighting Squadron (VMF). No known markings or tail number. Possibly, aircraft code "12" painted in white.

Mission History
During 1942 or 1943 took off on a mission and crashed to the north of Roviana Lagoon on southern New Georgia Island.

In the early or middle 1970s this crash site was first located by local people while pig hunting in the jungle. Since then, locals claim to have recovered a "pistol" from the crash site and at least one of the .50 caliber machine guns was removed and is displayed at a nearby village.

On October 11, 2008 this crash site was visited by Shane Elliott who photographed the wreckage of the upside down aircraft crash site. Later in 2008, 2009 and 2010 Shane Elliott reported this crash site to Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) as a potential Missing In Action (MIA) aircraft.

In early 2013, a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) Investigation Team (IT) reportedly visited the crash site.

Thanks to Shane Elliott for additional information

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Last Updated
June 28, 2020


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