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USS Essex (CV-9)

Pilot  Ensign Theodore "Ted" Clement (MIA / KIA) NH
Gunner  Kenneth L. Jackson (MIA / KIA) TX

Crashed  June 15, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss. Assigned to the US Navy to USS Essex (CV-9), VB-15. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
Took off from USS Essex on a mission over Iwo Jima. Last seen during the dive bombing run over the target and failed to return. Possibly, hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed into the sea west of Iwo Jima.

The crew were officially declared dead on January 19, 1946. Memorialized on the courts of the missing at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl).

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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