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  F6F-5 Hellcat Bureau Number 58675  
USN
USS Enterprise CV-6
VF-20

Pilot  Ensign Joseph E. Cox, O-300730 (MIA / KIA / BR) Nampa, ID
Crashed  September 6, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Grumman in Bethpage, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F6F-5 Hellcat bureau number 58675.

Wartime History
Assigned to USS Enterprise (CV-6) to squadron VF-20. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On September 6, 1944 took off from USS Enterprise (CV-6) 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.

Wreckage
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).

Memorials
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.

References
NARA Headstone Applications, 1925-1963 - Joseph E. Cox
FindAGrave - Joseph Edward Cox (grave photo)
MissingAirCrew - Hellcat Crash Site #1-Yap Island

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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