Aircraft Wrecks in the Mountains and Deserts of the American West

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Corsair crash site video

Captain Vermillion flew the F4F and SBD in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. He was assigned to El Toro MCAS in 1944 where he flew as a lead instructor pilot in combat tactics training. On 5/4/44 he crashed to his death in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains while flying a Goodyear FG-1 Bu No 13712.


Captain Calvin K. Vermillion USMC on the left stands next to his brother 2nd Lt. Ken Vermillion USMC.
(Photo courtesy Ken Vermillion)


Honored day, night, and in all weather. (Photo courtesy Douglas Stanley)

Brandon Shippy, Eagle Scout candidate presents his completed project on 12/13/14 in Robinson Ranch, an area within the City of Rancho Santa Margarita in Orange County, CA. Brandonís memorial project honors the memory of four marine airmen lost in two accidents. The first loss occurred on May 5, 1944 killing Captain Calvin K. Vermillion, USMCR. The second loss occurred on February 12, 1987 killing Major William J. Anderson, USMCR, Major Dudley W. Urban, USMCR, and Sergeant Bradley A. Baird, USMCR. Both crash sites are near the memorial marker. (Photo by G. P. Macha)



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