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  F6F-5 Hellcat Bureau Number 78006  
USN
USS San Jacinto (CVL-30)
VF-49

Pilot  Lt(jg) William C. Henwood (rescued)
Ditched  August 13, 1945


Aircraft History
Built by Grumman as a model G-50. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F6F-5 Hellcat bureau number 78006.

Wartime History
Assigned to USS San Jacinto (CVL-30) to Fighting Squadron 49 "Forty-Niners" VF-49. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On August 13, 1945 took off from USS San Jacinto (CVL-30) piloted by Lt(jg) William C. Henwood on a mission over Tokyo. Over the target, intercepted by A6M5 Zeros from the 302 Kōkūtai. This Hellcat was damaged and ditched in Tokyo Bay near Kisarazu. Pilot Henwood survived unhurt.

Rescue
Henwood was rescued by OA-10 44-34080, but after take off was shot down by eight Zeros from the 302 Kōkūtai.

Henry Sakaida adds:
"About twenty years ago, my friend Yutaka Morioka asked me about a PBY and a F6F that he and his comrades shot down in Tokyo Bay. Lt Morioka was a squadron leader in the 302nd Kōkūtai based at Atsugi AIrfield. Morioka says they received an alert while flying in the Uraga Channel. They turned north and found the PBY just taking off after the rescue [actually OA-10 Catalina 44-34080]. I got a letter from the USN saying that Lt(jg) Henwood of VF-49 off the USS San Jacintio was lost on that date. According to my research, he was William C. Henwood and he was rescued."

Relatives
Wendy Henwood (daughter of William C. Henwood)

Research
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F6F-5 Hellcat 78006
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List August 1945 - F6F-5 Hellcat 78006
Thanks to Henry Sakaida for additional information.

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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