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On 6 Nov 1945 an F4U (82779) crashed on the Swehla Farm, just south of Dundee, MI. The pilot, Ensign Robert M. Brown had just taken off from Naval Air Station Grosse Ile(MI) on a familiarization flight. He parachuted to safety suffering minor injuries from hitting a barbed wire fence. The plane nearly missed hitting Bill and Felix Swehla who were in the field husking corn with their horses and wagon.
71 years later, Swehla's grandson contacted me to help locate the crash site on the family farm. I enlisted the help (and extra metal detector) of Dave Trojan. Talk about a micro site! We did find some quarter sized pieces of aluminum with blue paint on them.
Can somebody confirm or deny that the below pics are of a dzus fastener from a Corsair?? I would appreciate the help. The pics show both ends of the piece.
The other pics show the totality of our finds. We believe that the grandson probably built his house over the actual crash site in the 1990s. There is a good 3-4 feet of fill in his yard. Most of the pieces were actually found in a low area of his yard...not the bean field we spent a good part of the day metal detecting!

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Jeff Benya


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Yes the dzus fastener was used on many places on the corsair. Access panels, wing gun access covers, engine access covers
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