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|Pilot Lt(jg) George H. W. Bush (rescued)
Radio Lt(jg) William G. White, O-210562 (MIA / KIA) MN
Gunner ARM2C John L. Delaney, 2049043 (MIA / KIA) RI
Ditched September 2, 1944
Built by General Motors, Eastern Aircraft Division. Delivered to the United States Navy (USN) as TBM-1C Avenger bureau number 46214. Assigned to the USS San Jacinto CVL-30 to squadron VT-51. No nose art or nickname. Tail number 2x. The cowl had 2 painted in black on the side.
Over the target, the Avengers encountered intense anti-aircraft fire. Starting the attack, Bush's aircraft was hit and his engine caught on fire. He released his bombs over his target claiming several damaging hits. With his engine on fire, Bush flew several miles away from the island, where he and one other crew member bailed out of the aircraft. However, the other man's chute did not open and he fell to his death. It was never determined which man bailed (Delaney or White). Both were officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Fates of the Crew
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