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  F4U-1 Corsair Bureau Number 02492  

Pilot  1st Lt Wilbur H. Blakeslee (rescued)
Crashed  August 6, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Vought. Assigned to VMF-214. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
Took off from the Russels Islands on a mission to escort an F-5A Lightning on an armed recon over Shortland Harbor at low level.

Over the target, they surprised several A6M2-N Rufes and E13 Jake seaplanes in the harbor. Intercepted by A6M Zeros, this Corsair was shot down in the vicinity of Shortland Island.

Fate of the Crew
Unknown if Blakeslee ditch or bailed out. Blakeslee was rescued, details unknown.

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Last Updated
February 14, 2020


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