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In 2005 we located and identified the crash site of First Lt. Girvis Haltom, Jr. . Girvis's VFM-122 FG-1 Corsair was shot down by antiaircraft fire on October 24, 1944.
We located a F4U Corsair crash site with the help of a Yapese villager, Louis Ruamoon. At first I thought the crash site might be pieces of the Coleman B-24 bomber, however, with the help of others I have positively identified the wreckage as part of a F4U Corsair. The site is spread out over a 800 yard area. The three main pieces we located included the engine (R-2800-18), radio (ARC-5), and tail wheel section of the fuselage. (See the information below and crash site pictures) In addition, I received information from someone on Yap regarding the location of a larger piece of the fuselage with "gull shaped wings" near the crash site. Due to shortage of time I was not able to visit this piece but left a number of disposable cameras with our guides at the Manta Ray Hotel to take pictures of additional wreckage.
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