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  F6F-3 Hellcat Bureau Number 25883  
USN
VF-33

Pilot  Lt(jg) Robert R. Stalker, O-121319 (MIA / KIA) MA
MIA  September 15, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Grumman in Bethpage, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F6F-3 Hellcat bureau number 25883. Assigned to squadron VF-33. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On September 15, 1943 one of eighteen F6F Hellcats that took off from Munda Airfield on New Georgia at 11:30am piloted by Lt(jg) Robert R. Stalker on a mission to escort SBD Dauntless and TBF Avengers attacking Ballale Airfield. Also escorting were seven F4U Corsairs.

Over the target, at 11:35pm the Hellcats contacted twenty-four Zeros between 7,000' to 10,000'. This Hellcat was last seen at a bearing of 130° roughly 35 miles from Kahili on southern Bougainville. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
Stalker was officially declared dead on January 9, 1946. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
NARA / Fold3 "Special Action Report - 2nd Phase of the New Georgia Campaign 14 August, 1943 to 20 October, 1943" page 67
"September 15, 1943: "Lt. (jg) R. R. Stalker of VF 33 is missing; he was last seen at bearing of 130 degrees 35 miles from Kahili"
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List September 1943 F6F-3 Hellcat 25883 pilot Stlaker [sic]
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert R. Stalker
FindAGrave - LtJG Robert R Stalker (tablets of the missing)

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Info
F6F

POW / MIA
MIA
1 Missing

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