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"Thunderbolts / Lucifer's Messengers"
|Pilot 2nd Lt. Bernadin J. Daigle (survived)
Crashed October 8, 1944
Built by Goodyear Aircraft Corporation in Akron, Ohio. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as FG-1A Corsair bureau number 56305. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the Pacific and reassembled.
Assigned to the United States Marine Corps (USMC), Marine Air Wing 1, Marine Air Group 14 (MAG-14), Marine Observation Squadron 251 "Thunderbolts / Lucifer's Messengers" (VMO-251). No known nickname, nose art or squadron number.
On October 8, 1944 while taxing at Piva North Airfield (Piva Uncle) on Bougainville, pilot 2nd Lt. Bernadin J. Daigle ran off the taxiway during a heavy rain storm and flipped upside down into a water filled ditch. Daigle escaped without injury but the aircraft was written off. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
Navy Serial Number Search Results - FG-1A Corsair 56305
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List October 1944 - FG-1A Corsair 56305
NARA "Marine Observation Squadron 251 War Diary October 1944" page 8
(Page 8) "8 October, 1944 The squadron flew dummy gunnery runs today, twenty-three planes participating. [Does not mention this loss]"
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