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.