Navy gets Intrepid Corsair back after 71 years

Director of Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) Sam Cox (right), Kate Morrand (middle), Senior Conservator & Laboratory Manager of NHHC's Underwater Archaeology Branch, and Yoshiro Kishida (left), a representative from Saiki, Japan, pose in front of the remains of a World War II F4U Corsair fighter-bomber during a presentation in which NHHC accepted the artifact, March 22. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Lockwood/Released)

Director of Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) Sam Cox (right), Kate Morrand (middle), Senior Conservator & Laboratory Manager of NHHC’s Underwater Archaeology Branch, and Yoshiro Kishida (left), a representative from Saiki, Japan, pose in front of the remains of a World War II F4U Corsair fighter-bomber during a presentation in which NHHC accepted the artifact, March 22. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Lockwood/Released)

On March 18, 1945, 19 F4U Corsairs flew off the Essex-class fleet carrier USS Intrepid (CV-11) with orders to strike a naval air base on the northern end of Kyushu in the Japanese Home Islands. While their mission was successful, two aircraft did not return.

F4U-1 Corsair 82 of VF-10 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise CV-6 – March 20, 1943. VF-10 later switched to Intrepid in 1945

F4U-1 Corsair 82 of VF-10 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise CV-6 – March 20, 1943. VF-10 later switched to Intrepid in 1945

One gull-wing fighter a “Grim Reaper” from VF-10 surfaced 50 years later when a fisherman caught part of it in a net. This led to a salvage in 2007 of the plane’s engine, propeller and part of a wing which were put on display at Saiki’s Yawaragi Peace Memorial Hall.

Now, the relics have been brought back to the U.S. and turned over to the NHHC on March 22.

Archaeological conservator Shanna Daniel commented, “We are really looking forward to working on these pieces and cannot wait to begin documentation and starting the conservation process.”

The Reapers of VF-10 were deactivated in November 1945 and have remained that way ever since but their flattop, from which the Corsair sortied, is of course very much preserved in New York harbor.

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