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  F6F-3 Hellcat Bureau Number 40121  
USS Belleau Wood

Pilot  Ensign John R. Clem, O-306169 USNR (MIA / KIA) WV
Crashed  February 1, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Grumman. Assigned to USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24) to VF-24.

Mission History
This Hellcat took off from USS Belleau Wood. It was damaged after flying through smoke and debris that caused the tail to break away. Then it crashed off Bigel Island at Kwajalien Atoll.

Memorialized on the tablets of the missing at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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