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Old 10th August 2011, 06:29
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F4U Corsair downed over Japan

Here's a picture I cropped from a Japanese video. The markings looks like USS Essex (CV-9) according to a Corsair book I have. Can anyone identify?

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Old 10th August 2011, 18:56
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Re: F4U Corsair downed over Japan

On 25 February 1945 Ens. Donald A. Carlson of VMF-124 was one of the pilots taking off from USS Essex (CV-9) for a fighter sweep over Japan. Carlson failed to return from the mission and was listed as missing in action. In fact, he force landed his F4U-1D Corsair Buno 57251 Code 69 in a rice paddy in Hirano, Kamiotsu-cho, Shinji-gun (present Tsuchiura-shi), Ibaraki-ken. The present town of Tsuchiura has since merged with the village of Kamiotsu.

Carlson advised his wingmen by radio that he was OK, and was then taken prisoner by the Japanese civil defense guards. He was interrogated at Tokyo Kempei Tai for 40 days, and then moved to Omori POW Camp. At the end of the war, Carlson was liberated from Tokyo POW Camp (Shinjuku) and repatriated to the United States. Almost intact, the wreck of his fighter was inspected by the Japanese.

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http://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/f4u/57251.html
http://www.powresearch.jp/en/pdf_e/pilot/tobu.pdf
http://www.youtube.com/user/kinsei1560#p/u/5/ged0wsMJ12k
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsuchiura,_Ibaraki
http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=36.066667,140.2&spn=0.1,0.1&t=m&q=36.06666 7,140.2
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Re: F4U Corsair downed over Japan

Thnaks Laurent, I knew someone had the answer.BTW have you seen the video? Its great lots of Japanese fighters and shot down B-29,F4Us and F6Fs.
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