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  F4U-1A Corsair Bureau Number 17489  
VMF-213 c1943
USN c1945
Pilot  1st Lt. Arthur R. Boag (rescued) Seattle, WA
Ditched  September 15, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Vought. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1A Corsair bureau number 17489. Disassembled and shipped to the South Pacific (SOPAC) and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) to 1st Marine Air Wing (MAW-1), Marine Air Group 12 (MAG-12), Marine Fighting Squadron 213 "Hell Hawks" VMF-213. No known nickname or markings.

Mission History
On September 15, 1943 took off from Fighter 1 on Gaudalcanal piloted by 1st Lt. Arthur R. Boag on a test hop mission. After take off, this Corsair suffered an engine failure and successfully ditched off Koli Point. Boag survived the landing unhurt.

Immediately, he was rescued by a barge operating in the area and transported ashore to Gaudalcanal and returned to duty.

Boag served in World War II, Korean War and Vietnam. He retired from the Marines Corps with the rank of Colonel. Boag passed away on November 30, 2005 at the age of 86. He is buried at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA at grave 49B site 3474.

Navy Serial Number Search Results - F4U-1A Corsair 17489
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List September 1943 F4U-1 Corsair 17489 pilot A. R. Borg [sic Boag]
NARA "VMF-213 War Diary September 1943" page 12
(Page 12) "September 15, 1943 (cont)... At Guadalcanal: Just after taking off from Fighter 1, on a test hop, Lt. Boag's engine failed and he made a water landing, just off Koli Point. The landing was successful and barges that were operating n that area, picked him up and delivered him ashore uninjured."
FindAGrave - COL Arthur Raymond “Ray” Boag (photo, grave photos)

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Last Updated
February 14, 2020


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