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USS Bunker Hill (CV-17)
|Pilot Lt William F. "Red" Krantz (rescued)
Radio AO3c Virgil J. Case (rescued)
Gunner ARM3c Orville L. Miller (rescued)
Ditched November 11, 1943
Over the target, this Avenger attacked two cruisers leaving the harbor. Releasing his torpedo he did not get any confirmation of a hit and turned to the left, crossing the bow of a destroyer behind Agano. An anti-aircraft shell exploded under the engine and began streaming smoke. Off Kokopo, this Avenger was overflown by enemy fighters, possibly Ki-43 Oscars from the 13th Sentai. Rear gunner Case opened fire on the flight and claimed one fighter shot down.
Although damaged, this Avenger managed to fly roughly 150 miles towards the carrier before the engine seize roughly 40 miles northwest off Buka Island and successfully ditched into the sea. When this Avenger failed to return to the carrier, it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
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