|Pilot Lt(jg) Frank E. Schneider, O-156716 (MIA / KIA) OK
MIA January 9, 1944
Built by Grumman. Assigned to VF-33.
Schneider was an ace, and on this mission claimed his seventh Japanese fighter.
Took off from Ondonga Airfield flying low cover on an escort mission for TBFs and SBDs attacking Tobera Airfield south of Rabaul. Lost at sea to the east of Kabanga Bay over St. Georges Channel.
RNZAF P-40 pilot, S/L Newton noted:
"I saw two parachutes, one in the air and one on the water three and eight miles east of Kabanga Bay respectively. It was then I saw a F6F go down in flames [this aircraft]."
Officially declared dead on January 14, 1946. Memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
William Schneider (nephew)
Air-To-Air page 258 (photo), 260
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January 5, 2018