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Copyright Date: 2001
Hanson Over Keravia Bay"
January 1944, USMC ace Captain Robert M. Hanson, VMF-215,
piloting his Chance-Vought F4U-1A Corsair destroyed four Zeros
at Keravia Bay near Simpson Harbor, New Britain. During Hanson’s
fourth flight in the Rabaul area – a 24 January bombing
raid for which he flew cover – he had been instrumental
in forcing the Japanese fighters to break off their attack
on the bombers. At Keravia Bay on 30 January, escorting U.S.
Navy Grumman TBF-1 Avenger torpedo bombers Hanson brought
his total of enemy aircraft destroyed to 25. Killed during
another escort and strafing mission a scant four days later,
Robert M. Hanson was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.