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  F6F-3 Hellcat Bureau Number 25796  
USAAF
VF-38

USN

Pilot  Lt(jg) Leland Baucom Cornell (survived)
Force Landed  September 16, 1943

Mission History
This Hellcat took off from Fighter One on Guadalcanal, as part of the escort for 24 TBFs and 31 SBDs attacking Ballale Island. The escort consisted of 13 Hellcats from VF-38 and 11 from VF-40, in addition to other F6F, F4U, P-40, P-38's making up a total of 71 escorting fighers.

Over the target, 40-50 intercepting Zeros and Tonys were met, and heavy anti-aircraft over the target. In the ensuing dogfights, 3 Zeros were destroyed and a probable claimed. American losses were: F4U 17127 and three F6F from VF-38 (two ditched and one MIA, F6F flown by Lt. Riley), and one Hellcat was damged, landing at Munda, then flown back to Fighter One for a week of repairs.

This Hellcat was lost or ditched, pilot was rescued (details unknown).

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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