28 May 44 F4U BuNo 50233 ran out of gas by Ken Moos. Forced landing N. of Woodbine N.J.
04 June 44 “Unk” Hatfield scratche d Corsair, ran out of oil.
10 Aug 44 Joe Horne’s prop hit “Tiger” Toenges’ tail. Scratch two Corsairs.
20 Aug 44 Kennedy chewed off Kirkham’s tail. Scratch two more.
02 Sept 44 Carl Widmann spun in and was killed, Atlantic City N.J.
23 Sept 44 Jim Cason water landing.
24 July 44 Started getting new F4U-1D’s
02 Oct 44 Gil Hjelstrom washed out a new Corsair near Cape Cod.
11 Nov 44 Joe Healy crashed and died during night carrier landing quals, U.S.S. Charger.
28 Nov 44 Bob Keslin crashed into 5” gun mount during night qualifications. The first CV38
06 Dec 44 1,000th Show-Boat landing. Don Ingens.
28 Dec 44 Jim Rerce crashed into a Howard.
02 Jan 45 Squadron split into 36 plane VBF and 36 plane VF
26 Jan 45 “Swede” Hansen dribbled over the bow on take off and crashed into 40mm gun mounts.
27 Jan 45 Bud Barber and Maurice Harrington were lost in a mid-air during simulated attacks by B-24s.
03 Feb 45 Captain flew first F4U-1C on board Show-Boat.
04 Feb 45 Flew all “old” F4U-1D’s ashore.
24 Apr 45 7,000th Show-Boat landing. Jerry Jerrett.
04 May 45 Cannons on F4U-1C’s froze up at 20,000’. Found out “high altitude gun tests skipped in order to get aircraft to Pacific Theater.
07 May 45 High altitude gun tests. Fail. F4U-1C’s restricted to low altitude.
10 May 45 2 combat losses due to AA, Dave Kincannon and Tiger Toengen; both bailed out.
17 May 45 Gun heaters being installed on -1C’s. (source DeMott Diary)
02 June 45 1) Marr VBF went in on take off. Tried to swim to DD picking him up, didn’t make it.
2) Fuller shot down.
3) Kennedy hit by AA, ditched. MIA
4) Kirkham ran out of gas circling Kennedy and ditched. MIA
5) Chernof, shot down air to air.
6) Atkinson lost oil pressure, ditched. MIA
7) Toenges ran out of gas, ditched.
03 June 45 RapCap Zero-Zero weather (zero ceiling, zero visibility) Sunny Sunquist spun in and was lost.
04 June 45 Whitney water landing, engine failure.
08 June 45 Ray Meltebeke water landing, engine failure.
Red Edwin water landing, engine failure.
08 June 45 “Unk” Hatfield made first barrier landing for Show-Boat after 3,285 successful landings (a Fleet record).
10 June 45 Snavely engine failure on take off, ditch.
12 June 45 Mifflin water landing due to engine failure.
14 June 45 All carburetors removed for inspection, and all belly tanks inspected for rust.
Maintenance Memo June 12
Maintenance Memo June 12 Transcript
Maintenance Memo June 15
04 July 45 Pete Dando tail hook broke on landing and went over the side, lost.
14 July 45 McPhee ran out of gas, successful ditch.
Bill Clarke no wheel, no flap landing on board Show-Boat.
25 July 45 Johnny More shot down to AA, successful ditch.
“Scoop” did a grass-level pull out, ripped off his belly tank. He returned with grass stains on the aircraft belly.
09 Aug 45 Red Edwin 12,000th landing on Show-Boat.
“Doc” Snavely landed hot with no flaps, caught 11th wire and tail snapped off. Uninjured.
28 Aug 45 Red Edwin 13,000th landing on Show Boat.