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  F6F-3 Hellcat Bureau Number 04908  
USN
USS Yorktown CV-10
VF-5

Pilot  Lt(jg) Arthur F. Davis, O-145711 (MIA / KIA) Edna, TX
MIA  February 22, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Grumman in Bethpage, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F6F-3 Hellcat bureau number 04908. Assigned to USS Yorktown CV-10 to squadron VF-5. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On February 22, 1944 took off from USS Yorktown CV-10 piloted by Lt(jg) Arthur F. Davis on a fighter sweep over Saipan as wingman for F6F Hellcat 40671 piloted by McVay.

Both aircraft were last seen entering clouds at the start of a strafing run, and failed to return from the mission. Possibly, both collided or were shot down. When both aircraft failed to return, they were officially declared Missing In Action (MIA). Also lost was F6F Hellcat 40671 (MIA).

Memorials
Davis was officially declared dead on January 15, 1946. He is memorialized at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) on the courts of the missing, court 5.

References
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F6F-3 Hellcat 04908

USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List February 1944 - F6F-3 Hellcat 04908

American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - Arthur F. Davis
FindAGrave - LtJg Arthur F Davis (courts of the missing photo)
Closed MIA Cases >> WFI Research Group - Lt. Woodie Lackland McVay
Thanks to Ted Darcy for additional information

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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