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"The Green Knights"
Chip Lambert 1993
|Pilot 1st Lt William F. Brown (survived)
Crashed March 4, 1945
Built by Goodyear Aircraft Corporation in Akron, Ohio as model V-166B with fixed wings. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as FG-1A Corsair bureau number 14257. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the Pacific and reassembled.
Assigned to the United States Marine Corps (USMC), 4th Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW-4), Marine Aircraft Group 11 (MAG-11) to Marine Fighting Squadron 121 (VMF-121) "The Green Knights". This aircraft had no known nickname, nose art or squadron number.
On March 4, 1945 took off from Peleliu Airfield on Peleliu Island piloted by 1st Lt William F. Brown armed with a single 1,000 pound as one of sixteen Corsairs on a dive bombing mission against gun positions on Battery Hill on northern Koror Island. This Corsair was leading the second division.
Over the target, this aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire, likely a 40mm projectile at the base of the cockpit that caused the aircraft to catch fire and Brown was observed to bail out at roughly 2,000' and landed in Koror Harbor roughly yards from shore.
Brown was immediately reported as having bailed out. Afterwards, rescued by PBY Catalina piloted by LCDR Mamer from VP-23 that landed in Koror Harbor and taxied up to him despite enemy fire to rescue him. performed a rescue.
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