Choctawhatchee Bay, FL USMC Corsair Crash, Oct 1948

Body of Marine Flier Located In Deep Water

The body of Maj. John E. Shedaker, Jr., Marine flier, was found late Tuesday [October 12] in about 100 feet of water in Choctawhatchee Bay near Destin, Florida, according to the public information office of Barin Field.

Navy divers recovered the body located a short distance from the wreckage of the plane, after it was spotted from the air.

Indications were that the plane, a Corsair, had caught fire in the air and spun down. Major Shedaker was flying one of two Corsairs which were on a routine training flight over Eglin when the lead plane developed a fuel line failure and the pilot made an emergency landing with a dead engine. He reported that he lost sight of the other plane which failed to return to Barin Field.

Major Shedaker was survived by a wife and three children who were living in Pensacola temporarily during the assignment of the air group to Operation Combine III. He was serving as operations officer of VMF 212 of Marine Air Group 14 during the operation centered at Eglin Air Force Base.

Playground News, Fort Walton, FL, Thursday 10-14-1948.


Recent aviator

Major Shedaker, Jr. was awarded his pilot wings in a ceremony held at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida on 27 May 1948, according to base newspaper Jax Air News, Vol. 6, No.9, dated that date.