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USS Enterprise CV-6
|Pilot Ensign Joseph E. Cox, O-300730 (MIA / KIA, BR) Nampa, ID
Crashed September 6, 1944
Built by Grumman in Bethpage, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F6F-5 Hellcat bureau number 58675.
Assigned to USS Enterprise (CV-6) to squadron VF-20. No known nickname or nose art.
On September 6, 1944 took off from USS Enterprise (CV-6) piloted by Ensign Joseph E. Cox on a mission against Yap. At the start of a strafing run, suffered a mid-air collision with F6F Hellcat 58713 over Yap. Both aircraft crashed and neither pilot bailed out.
Postwar, this crash site was located and his remains were recovered. During 1991, USCG Timothy Schubert removed a piece of wreckage with "BU NO 58471" from the crash site and sent the information to the Department of Defense (DoD).
Cox was officially declared dead the day of the mission. During 1949, his remains were buried at Kohlerlawn Cemetery in Nampa, ID at plot R-220-1.
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F6F-5 Hellcat 58675
"58675 (VF-20) crashed on Yap Island Sep 6, 1944 during attack on Japanese radio station."
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List September 1944 - F6F-5 Hellcat 58675
NARA Headstone Applications, 1925-1963 - Joseph E. Cox
FindAGrave - Joseph Edward Cox (photos, grave photo)
MissingAirCrew - Hellcat Crash Site #1-Yap Island
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