F4U-1D Sally, Turtle
Bay/Espiritu Santos/New Hebrides, early 1944
Note that this is
one of the profiles made for the new Pacific Fighter Book that
was not included in the finished product.
This mystery Corsair, was completely the creation of the industrious
and resourceful Marines, built by personal from scrap and spare
parts by Service Squadron Eleven (SS-11). She carried no guns,
arresting hook, catapult hooks or ammunition pans. Painted overall
in G Aluminium (FS17178) with black markings. Later in 1944 the
machine was camouflage in deep sea blue and was marked with the
numbers 894 to represent a fictitious Bureau Number and was thereafter
flown on reconnaissance flights.