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  SB2C-1 Helldiver Bureau Number 01169  
USN
USS Yorktown (CV-10)
VB-1

Pilot  Ensign Owen M. Hintz, O-290489, USNR (MIA / KIA) IA
Gunner  AR2C Lloyd R. Woellhof, 6286511 (POW, executed August 5, 1944) KS

Crashed  July 4, 1944


Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss. Delivered to the U. S. Navy. Assigned to USS Yorktown(CV-10) to squadron VB-1. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On July 4, 1944 took off from USS Yorktown CV-10 roughly sixty-six miles off Chi Chi Jima on a dive bombing mission against Chi Chi Jima Harbor. Over the target, hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed. Pilot Hintz died in the crash. Woellhof bailed out and survived.

Fates of the Crew
Woellhof was captured by the Japanese and became a prisoner of war (POW) on Chi Chi Jimau until General Yoshio Tachibana ordered him to be killed. On August 6, 1944 Woellhof was taken to a rifle range and tied to a tree. Under orders from Lt. Col. Kikuji Ito, Japanese Army soldiers used him for bayonet practice while he was still alive. Afterwards, Ito personally beheaded Woellhof and his body was buried. On August 16, 1945 the Japanese exhumed Woellhof's body, cremated his remains and disposed of the ashes to remove the evidence of his demise.

Memorials
Hintz was officially declared dead on February 4, 1946 and earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart (posthumously). Woellhof was officially declared dead on August 5, 1944 and earned the Purple Heart (posthumously). Both are memorialized at the Honolulu Memorial on the courts of the missing, Hintz on court 3 and Hintz at court 2 at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl).

Hintz has a memorial marker at Woodlawn Cemetery in Oelwein, IA at block 5, lot 079. Woelhof has a memorial marker at Greenwood Cemetery in Clay Center, KA at the cenotaph.

References
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Owen M. Hintz
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Lloyd R. Woellhof
FindAGrave - Owen Marsten Hintz (memorial marker)
FindAGrave - Lloyd Richard Woellhof (photo)
FindAGrave - SMN Lloyd Richard "Dick" Woellhof (photo, courts of the missing)
FindAGrave - Lloyd Richard "Dick" Woellhof (memorial marker, photo)
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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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MIA / POW
1 Missing
1 Prisoner

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