World War II hobbyist solves a family's decades-old mystery
Soon, villager Veline Wesley shouted out that she had found a piece of metal — a 4-foot section of wing strut — with the Goodyear symbol stamped on it.
(a) what the missing aircraft looked like
(b) A screen grab of the Pacific Wrecks website that led three women to find what happened to their uncle in WWII.
(note: screen grab photo of downed aircraft below is not the Corsair at issue).
( Source: PacificWrecks.org )
(c) Additional story posted by NBCLosAngeles.com
Nieces' Search for Their Uncle's WWII Plane Wreckage Takes Them Around the World
Most corsairs were built by Vought, but Lt. Mike Zanger flew a plane built by Goodyear. They needed to find the Goodyear stamp. Hanigan said it was grueling and precise work.
“We were looking for a very small stamp that was smaller than a dime,” she said.
One of the local women came over and asked Hanigan’s sister to draw the logo – it was a capital “G” with a smaller capital “A” inside of it. (emphasis added)
(d) Wikipedia article on the F4U Corsair:
Stay tuned as we are continuing to research this issue in the hopes that we can locate a drawing or a photograph of the specific "G" logo or trademark that was found on the downed aircraft mentioned above.
William E. Maguire
Los Angeles, Calif.
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