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  F6F-3 Hellcat Bureau Number 25853  
USN
VF-33

Pilot  Lt(jg) Frank E. Schneider, O-156716 (MIA / KIA) OK
MIA  January 9, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Grumman. Assigned to VF-33.

Pilot History
Schneider was an ace, and on this mission claimed his seventh Japanese fighter.

Mission History
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]."

Memorials
Officially declared dead on January 14, 1946. Memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Relatives
William Schneider (nephew)

References
Air-To-Air page 258 (photo), 260

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Info
F6F

POW / MIA
MIA
1 Missing

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