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  F4F-4 Wildcat Bureau Number 11978  
USN
USS Sangamon
VF-28

Pilot  Lt. David H. Pope, O-082732 (MIA / KIA) DC
MIA  July 18, 1943


Aircraft History
Built by Grumman Corporation in Bethpage, New York as a model G-36 with manually operated folding wings. Delivered to the United States Navy (USN) as F4F-4 Wildcat bureau number 11978.

Wartime History
Assigned to USS Sangamon (CVE-26) to squadron VF-28 "Wolves". No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On July 18, 1943 took off from Banika Island in the Russell Island Group on an escort mission for B-24s bombing Kahili Airfield on southern Bougainville. Over the target, intercepted enemy fighters. When this Wildcat failed to return, it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
Pope was officially declared dead on the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. He earned the Silver Star, Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

References
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - David H. Pope
FindAGrave - Lt David H Pope (tablets of the missing)
Navy Serial Number Search Results F4F Wildcat 11978
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List July 1943 F4F Wildcat 11978 piloted by Pope missing 7/18/1943

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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