U.S. Marine Lieutenant Marshall, with his severely battle-damaged F4U Corsair at Torokina Air Strip in World War II
Bougainville Island Papua New Guinea Date:1943, December 19 Duration:1 min 43 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Flight operations at Torokina Air Strip on Bougainville Island during World War 2. U.S. Marine First Lieutenant Marshall, and another airman stand and smoke by the tail of the bullet-riddled F4U Corsair aircraft that he just landed on Torokina airfield. The aircraft, Corsair number 25 (BuNo 17736) is from Lieutenant Marshall's unit, VMF-216. They examine the damage on the aircraft. Lt. Marshall, who suffered head injury from cockpit shrapnel is being given first aid in an army tent. Views of damage to the aircraft, including tattered wing, flaps shot up, holes in the fuselage, and huge pieces shot out of the rudder. ( This mission took place on 19 Dec 1943. After flying cover for B-24 bombers over Rabaul, Three U.S. Marine Corps F4Us flown by Capt. Lawrence 'Cloudy" Faulkner, and First Lieutenants Marshal and Guv Kemper, were surprised and engaged by 20-30 Japanese Zekes (Zeros) diving from behind clouds . Lieutenant Marshal was the sole survivor of the encounter.)
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