Hmm I forgot about that and British are pretty good to fly their Corsair as American do.Originally Posted by ArcherDon't forget Lt. Gray, while not an ace, a distinguished Corsair pilot. He was Canadian and recipient of the Victoria Cross for his actions on an attack against shipping in Onagawa Wan (sp?). He led his squadron in through heavy AA. He picked out the Amakusa, as he bore down on it the Amakusa, Ohama, a Minesweeper, and a Subchaser fired at him. His Corsair caught fire and one bomb was shot off of it, he continued his attack and dropped his remaining bomb. It penetrated the Amakusa below the No 2 gun, exploded inside the ship and it quickly rolled over and sank. As Lt Gray flew away from the Amakusa after dropping his bomb, his Corsair burst into flames and his aircraft crashed into the ocean.
While his final flight was in 115*X, I recall reading that 119*X was his normal mount, but it had a problem that morning so he switched to 115*X.
In addition to Lt Gray and Sub Lt Sheppard, who were Canadians that flew Corsairs with the FAA, while looking for more details on Lt Gray's mission, I also found that the last Canadian to die in WWII, Lt G.A. Anderon, also flew Corsairs. On approach after a second strike on Onagawa Bay several hours after Lt. Gray went down, Lt Anderson's engine faltered and the plane hit the rounddown and he died in the collision.
Rafe's link is also a great site for info about FAA Corsairs.