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USS Langley (CVL-27)
|Pilot Lt(jg) Charles Valentine August, 104075 (POW, survived) CA
Force Landed January 4, 1945
This Hellcat was observed to pull back into the clouds from 2,500' before the second strafing run was initiated. August re-joined the formation for the third strafing attack. Afterwards, the formation joined up and attacked a radio tower roughly 10 miles to the southeast.
Around 10:20am, the division returned to Kobi Airfield to continue strafing. Over the target, this Hellcat suffered an engine failure and force landed near Kobi Airfield. When this aircraft failed to return, August was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Fate of the Pilot
Later, it was transported to Japan and operated from Yokosuka Airfield. A Japanese Hinomaru (rising sun) markings, over painting the American markings and applying tail number ヨ-801 (Yokosuka Kōkūtai). At the end of the war abandoned at Yokosuka Airfield on the belly, likely after making a force landing. The aircraft was partially stripped with the propeller, engine cowling removed, fabric surfaces missing and cockpit canopy removed.
During September 1945, the wreckage was found by U. S. forces without a propeller, engine cowling, fabric surfaces or cockpit canopy. After capture, the wreckage was moved and subject to further removal of parts. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
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