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Revisiting FG-1 Corsair Crash site of Lt. Girvis Haltom, Jr.

During our October 2005 trip we locate the crash site of a FG-1 Marine Corsair. The crash site was spread out over a 1000 yard area and consisted of numerous small pieces; however, we located the R-2800 engine on one end and a large piece of the rear fuselage including the tail wheel on the other end. Between the engine and tail we located numerous small pieces of wreckage through a mangrove swamp including an ARC-5 Military Radio. We did not locate the BUAERO tag from the Corsair; however, based on the location of the wreckage we believe the crash site is that of Lt. Girvis Haltom, Jr. who was shot down by AA fire on October 24, 1944 while strafing AA guns in the jungle south of the Japanese airfield. We revisited the FG-1 crash site in September 2006 and located additional wreckage including a parts tag.

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FG-1 Tag from Girvis Haltom crash site:

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The actual size is 2-1/2" x 2-3/8"

The top line CHANCES INCORP. has the number 266 just before "Chances". After Incorp. there is a small circle with the number 64 inside it, this may be an inspector's stamp.

The second line states this is a Model FG-1 Airplane.

The third line which does not show up well in the photo reads VS10069 INBD FLAP

VS is for Vought Sikorsky, the designers of the Corsair.

Picture and information courtesy of Stan Gajda.

Information received July 2008 from William R. Goebel: This is a bit incorrect. The proper verbiage is "Changes Incorporated". This is not the ship or components data plate but, rather, what is referred to as a "modification plate" This plate is utilized for keeping track of any modifications that were applied to that particular item after it was built. The inspectors stamp is most likely a company stamp.
 

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