Grumman F6F-3 "Betsy II"

 VF-38 Combat Report, page 2 states:

"At first Moore thought it a Zero, then recognized it as an F4U, as did his wingman. The Corsair was flying alone. Moore turned into him as the F4U came in at him straight above. The Corsair started firing at about 100 yds. range, and Moore pulled up a bit and fired a burst in retaliation, as did his wingman. A 50 caliber bullet hit Moore's engine high on the port side. It started to throw oil and began smoking, although no heavily. Moore and Beaumont left the other section and set out for Munda, diving to about 500 ft."


Pilot Richard Moore brought his plane in for a perfect landing.  Local reports say he stepped off the wing and into a local canoe that cane to his rescue.


This Hellcat was discovered intact off Quomu Island by Danny Kennedy, owner of Dive Gizo in 1986. The plane was in remarkable condition, even the navigation charts in the cockpit.


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