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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 77779
Last updated: 18 November 2018
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Type:Vought F4U-1A Corsair
Owner/operator:VF-17, US Navy
Registration: 18070
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Piva Uncle, Bougainville -   Papua New Guinea
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Piva Yoke
Destination airport:Piva Uncle
On the afternoon of January 30th,1944, a report ( which turned out to be erroneous ) was received
saying that a Japanese aircraft carrier and escorting vessels had been sighted approaching Rabaul.
A strike was hastily arranged involving all readily available torpedo-bombers, dive bombers and fighters
from the two Piva airstrips and Torokina.
The force returned to Bougainville close to dusk after attacking Simpson Harbour, Rabaul.
This heavy concentration of planes caused considerable congestion in the air around the Cape Torokina airstrips.
Two Corsairs of VF-17, flown by the CO and his wingman, were unable to join the landing pattern at their base, Piva Yoke and diverted to Piva Uncle, a.k.a. Piva Bomber Strip, joining on the downwind leg.
On final to the runway at Piva Uncle the wingman's Corsair collided with an FG-1 of VMF-211 being flown by a seriously wounded pilot and making a straight-in approach.
Both Corsairs were destroyed in the resulting crashes and their pilots died.
The VF-17 pilot was Lt D.H.Gutenkunst, USNR. R.I.P.


The Jolly Rogers by Tom Blackburn with Eric Hammel.

Revision history:

15-Sep-2010 18:00 angels one five Added
13-Apr-2013 09:34 Uli Elch Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
19-Aug-2013 22:11 angels one five Updated [Operator]
29-Mar-2014 23:18 Nepa Updated [Operator]
07-Sep-2014 10:01 angels one five Updated [Narrative]

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