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#151 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 05:32 PM

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There is more combat in this log than this one page, but you get the idea!

 

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 05:33 PM

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 05:47 PM

USMC Corsair Pilot from VMF-215 who was shot down near Rabaul and died as a POW of the Japanese.

 

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 05:48 PM

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#155 sonofaFlyingDeuce

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 05:16 PM

Yes, the flight logs are fascinating; I've spent hours studying my father's seven as well as his diaries and letters.

 

VMF-215 and my father's VMF-222 became "Sister Squadrons" when they trained the together to fly the F4U-1 "Birdcages" in late 1942 at MCAS Santa Barbara. Afterwards, they were in the same air groups at Ewa, Midway, Munda, Vella Lavela, and Bougainville. Dad must have known J. J. Knight as well as another Knight in 215 who fortunately had only one "J" to go by (222 had two pilots named Moore but their parents had the foresight not to have given them the same initials).

 

215's January 1944 War Diary, has in their after action report for 13 January, this account is given by Knight's section leader after their division jumped three Zekes (Zeros) over St. George's Channel: "...We then went after the last one. We all got shots at him and set him to smoking, when he did a violent wing-over to the left right in front of Knight. Knight poured led straight into the top of him as he came around in front of him and he plunged into the water." 

 

There was no other mention of 2nd Lt J.J. Knight after that except in the casualty section of the report where his status was listed as: "Did not return from mission." VMF-215 also lost two more pilots that day, one named Moore.



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Posted 22 March 2019 - 06:01 PM

I never really knew Knights full story until I got both his IDPF and service record from the archives.

There is a fascinating document in there that documents his subsequent capture and death on a Japanese ship that was sunk by US aircraft.

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Posted 01 July 2019 - 12:56 AM

I was looking for info on F4U-1 BuNo 02449 & wondering if anybody here had a logbook that mentioned that plane. She is being restored by Vultures Row Aviation in CA. The history below was sent to me by the owner Chuck Wahl.

 

Date of Manufacture 3/10/43. BuAer 02449. Const#297 (the 297th corsair built), Vought MFG No 3079.

02449 started its SoPac tour arriving in the South Pacific on May 5 1943. For May and June 02449 was a probable VMF-112 Guadalcanal aircraft (history card indicates MAG11). Then in late June to early July 02449 was acquired by the Swashbucklers (VMF-214 prior to Boyington) to train in the "New" Corsair and was with Swashbucklers in July Aug 1943 (under MAG11) until they officially became VMF-214 "BlackSheep" with Boyington as the CO on Sept 7, 1943 and was at Fighter strip 1, turtle bay, Espiritu Santo until it's crash Oct 1 1943.

 

The accident report that I have, has the plane with VMF-212 at the time of the crash or at least the pilot, 1st Lt. Preston Peter Wolfe, Jr., was with 212.

 

If anyone has a logbook for these squadrons or any other Marine squadrons deployed to the Solomons area during those dates, I would appreciate it if you could take the time to see if BuNo 02449 is mentioned. Chuck does first class work in his restorations (SBD, SB2C) for his customers, but this one is his own personal project and he's trying to get as much history on her as possible.

 

Thanks,

 

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Edited by Jim MacDonald, 01 July 2019 - 01:05 AM.


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Posted 22 November 2019 - 05:56 AM

This logbook belonged to MSgt R F Kennedy of VMSB-243

Hi Mark!  Raymond Francis Kennedy was my father.  I had his logbook until the early 1980s when it was taken from the Skyroamers office at Opa Locka Airport in Florida. (I had brought it there to get help from other club members in interpreting it)  Skyroamers was a flying club (five airplanes) and I was a check pilot for them.

I'd like to get the logbook back.  My email is [email protected]  Thanks>



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Posted 22 November 2019 - 09:09 AM

Sorry Mac, but I've got a "near miss" for you, the plane that must have been next in line to be registered that day (hmm, at NAS North Island?): BuAer 02450. My father, then  2nd Lt W. O. "Pappy" Reid, flew it that one time on 30 June 1943 for one hour on a "Tactics hop" at Midway. He was with VMF-222. 



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Posted 23 November 2019 - 01:31 PM

Hi Mark Leonard!

 

Raymond F Kennedy was my father.  Curious to learn how you came upon his logbook.



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Posted 23 November 2019 - 02:38 PM

Hi Mark Leonard!
 
Raymond F Kennedy was my father.  Curious to learn how you came upon his logbook.


Mark has not been on the forum since October. It may be a while until he gets back to you.

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