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  TBM-3E Avenger Bureau Number 69066  
USMC
USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
VT-87

Pilot  Ens John Brega (rescued)
Gunner
 ? (rescued)
Radio
 ?
(rescued)
Ditched  August 13, 1945

Aircraft History
Built by General Motors, Eastern Aircraft Division. Constructors Number 1805. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as TBM-3E Avenger bureau number 69066. Assigned to the USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) to squadron VT-87. No known nickname, nose art or squadron number.

Mission History
On August 13, 1945 took off from USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) on a mission over the Tokyo area. Damaged, this aircraft ditched into Tokyo Bay.

Rescue
The entire crew was rescued by OA-10A Catalina 44-34075 piloted by 1st Lt Charles Oates code named "Playmate 97".

References
Navy Serial Number Search Results - TBM-3E Avenger 69066
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List August 1945 - TBM-3E Avenger 69066

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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