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  F6F-3 Hellcat Bureau Number 40259  
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USS Cabot CVL-28
VF-31

Pilot  Lt(jg) Frank Hancock Jr., O-263521 USNR (MIA / KIA) MS
MIA  July 4, 1944


Pilot History
Hancock earned the Air Medal. When lost on July 4, 1944 He earned the Purple Heart (posthumously).

Aircraft History
Built by Grumman. Assigned to the U. S. Navy to the USS Cabot (CVL-28) to squadron VF-31. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On July 4, 1944 took off from the USS Cabot (CVL-28) on a fighter sweep over Iwo Jima. Over the target, the formation was intercepted by A6M5 Zero from the 301 Kōkūtai. Likely, this Hellcat was shot down by an intercepting A6M5 Zeros. When Hancock failed to return he was listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Also lost is F6F 40317 piloted by Loomis.

Memorials
Hancock was officially declared dead on February 4, 1946. He is memorialized at the Honolulu Memorial in the courts of the missing, court 3 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). Hancock has a memorial marker at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Phoenix, MS.

References
Kodochosho, 301 Kōkūtai, July 4, 1944
VF-31 War Diary - Aircraft Action Report, July 4, 1944 pages 7-15
AAIR - USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List July 1944
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Frank Hancock Jr.
FindAGrave - Frank Flowers Hancock, Jr (memorial marker)

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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