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  F6F-5 Hellcat Bureau Number 79496  
USN
USS Yorktown CV-10
VF-88

Pilot ┬áLt. Wilson L. Dozier, O-116760 USNR (MIA / KIA) VA
MIA  August 13, 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Grumman. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN). Assigned to the USS Yorktown CV-10 to squadron VF-88. No known nickname or markings.

Mission History
On August 13, 1945 took off from USS Yorktown CV-10 on a mission over Tokyo. Crashed into the sea into Tokyo Bay roughly 300 meters off Tateyama Seaplane Base in Chiba Prefecture.

Wreckage
Postwar, the crash site was located and marked with a buoy by Japanese contractor employed by the American occupation force. The wreckage was raised from Tokyo Bay and U. S. Navy Bureau Number 79496 was located, but no remains were found. An unknown X-502 Row 27, Grave 1328 at the USAF Cemetery at Yokohama No. 1 washed ashore on August 20, 1945 at Sakata beach, Tateyama, but authorities did not have sufficient identifying features to make an identification.

Memorials
Dozier was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Administratively, his remains declared unrecoverable on January 11, 1949. He is memorialized at the courts of the missing, court 5 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).

Relatives
Jeff Clark (grandson of Dozier)

References
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Wilson L. Dozier
FindAGrave - Lt Wilson L Dozier (courts of the missing photo)
AAIR USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List August 1945 - F6F 79496 Dozier

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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