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USS Bunker Hill
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Stan Gajda 1983

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Peter Flahavin 1995

Pilot  Ensign Alfred Smith Smith (MIA/KIA) NJ
Crashed  December 8, 1943

Pilot History
Smith earned the Air Medal.

Mission History
Took off from USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) on a mission against Nauru. Shot down by anti-aircraft fire, it crashed vertically between two anti-aircraft positions.

Stan Gajda adds:
"The Japanese managed to shoot down two American planes on Nauru. [This aircraft and TBF Avenger 47589]"

Memorials
Smith's remains were located after the war and are buried at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl) at Plot P Row 0 Grave 802.

References
Thanks to Stan Gajda and Peter Flahavin for additional information.
US Navy Loss Microfilm lists pilot as 'A. F. Smith'

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January 5, 2018

 

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