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  F6F-3 Hellcat Bureau Number 26031  
USN
VF-40

Pilot  Ensign Kenneth P. Babkirk, O-173715 (MIA / KIA) PA
MIA  January 17, 1944


Mission History
On January 17, 1944 took off from Barakoma Airfield on Vella Lavella Island on a bomber escort mission over Rabaul. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
Babkirk was officially declared dead on January 14, 1946. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Tech Info
F6F

POW / MIA
MIA
1 Missing

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