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USS Saratoga (CV-3)
|Pilot Lt(jg) Edward L. "Frencie" Fayle (rescued)
Radio ARM3c Edward "Eddy" Velazquez (rescued)
Gunner ? (rescued)
Ditched August 24, 1942
Approaching Japanese cruisers at 1725, Zeros attempted to intercept, but the formation escaped into clouds.
Heading south alone, this Avenger was spotted and attacked by a pair of Zeros from Shokaku: A6M2 Zeros piloted by Yoshio Iwaki and PO2c Hiroshi Ohara, who mistakenly claimed this was a multi-engined land plane.
Attacking, the Zeros scored hits on the right wing, fuselage and shattered the plexiglass in the rear turret. Gunner Velazquez returned fire and managed to shoot down Iwaki. Although Ohara claimed the enemy plane as shot down, it continued southward bound for Guadalcanal but ran out of fuel and ditched to off Nura Island, between Guadalcanal and Malaita.
Fates of the Crew
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