|Pilot 1st Lt. Other F. Smith, O-016029 (survived) LA
Ditched June 22, 1943
Built by Vought. Delivered to the United States Marine Corps (USMC). Assigned to Marine Air Group 22 (MAG-22) to Marine Fighting Squadron 212 (VMF-212) "Hell Hounds / The Musketeers". No known nickname or nose art.
On June 22, 1943 took off from Midway Airfield on a flight. This aircraft ditched outside Midway Lagoon at Midway Atoll. Pilot Smith was unhurt.
Smith was rescued
by a PT Boat from Midway and returned to duty. On July 26, 1943 Smith went Missing In Action (MIA) piloting F4U Corsair 02242.
In the summer of 1997, tourist
divers exploring the ocean off Midway Atoll discovered this Corsair upside down on a sandy bottom in
clear water. Based on the location and condition, it is believed to be Lt. Smith's aircraft.
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List June 1943 - F4U Corsair 02326 June 22, 1943 MAG-22
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Other Forrest Smith
FindAGrave - 1Lt Other Forrest Smith (courts of the missing photo)
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February 14, 2020