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|Pilot Lt(jg) Frank E. Schneider, O-156716 (MIA / KIA) OK
MIA January 9, 1944
Schneider was an ace, and on this mission claimed his seventh Japanese fighter.
Built by Grumman as Model G-50. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F6F-3 Hellcat bureau number 25853.
Assigned to VF-33. No known nickname or nose art.
On January 9, 1944 took off from Ondonga Airfield on New Georgia piloted by Lt(jg) Frank E. Schneider on a mission to provide low cover on an escort mission for TBFs and SBDs attacking Tobera Airfield south of Rabaul. Over the target, intercepted by Zeros. This F6F Hellcat was lost at sea to the east of Kabanga Bay over St. Georges Channel. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
RNZAF P-40 pilot, S/L Newton noted:
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