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  F6F-5 Hellcat Bureau Number 72525  
USS Belleau Wood

Pilot  Lt. Russell E. Stephens, 116841 (POW, survived)
Crashed  May 13, 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Grumman. Assigned to VF-30.

Mission History
On May 13, 1945 took off from USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24) on a mission against Japan. Failed to return, he was declared missing in action afterwards.

Fates of the Crew
Taken prisoner, he was liberated at the end of the year from Tokyo POW Camp (Shinjuku).

Henry Sakaida adds:
"I contacted Stephens, he sent me his memoirs. He died in Mesa, AZ in 2004"

NARA Russell E. Stephens Prisoner of War Data File
Thanks to Henry Sakaida for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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