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  F4U-1 Corsair Bureau Number 02270  

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William Bartsch

Pilot  2nd Lt. James A. Vittitoe (survived)
Ditched  May 5, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Vought. Assigned to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) to VMF-321. No known nose art, nickname or squadron number.

Mission History
On May 5, 1944 one of twelve Corsairs that took off from Quoin Hill Airfield to escort SBD Dauntless on a training mission. After four hours and 12 minutes of flight, Vittitoe ran out of fuel and ditched in shallow water near Quoin Hill off Efaté Island. He survived the ditching unhurt.

This aircraft remained in situ until the late 1970s. At some point, most of the rear fuselage was removed.

During 2009, Robert Jarrett / Classic Jets Fighter Museum (CJFM) negotiated with the Vanuatu Cultural Centre and landowner to recover the wing section, removing everything from the crash site. The wreckage was exported to Australia.

Since 2009, this wing section is under restoration at Hangar 107 at Classic Jets Fighter Museum (CJFM). Parts from five other Corsairs are being used to restore the aircraft to airworthy condition.

Classic Jets Museum - F4U Project

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Last Updated
November 13, 2017


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