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Hellcat Crash Site #1-Yap Island
Please see the following Carrier Air Group report that provides a description of the mid-air collision between Cox's plane and the plane flown by Lt.(jg) Harry D. Brown.
Mid-air collision during crossover from right to left just as 3 plane division started straffing run. Both planes spiraled in. No parachutes observed.Cox & Holding were also attacking Yap Town at the same time & were just getting ready to push over at the same point as Brown, when they either both got hit by the same AA burst or due to AA one crashed into the other. They were both seen spinning in at the same time, and I would imagine somewhere in the vicinity of Yap Town.
Dept of Army Letter to Timothy Schubert and BUAERO Tag Picture.
November 2005 Update: We found the following Hellcat crash site on Yap Island in October 2006 while searching for my uncle’s B-24 from the 307th BG. We found the almost complete Hellcat laying upside-down with the gear fully locked in the down position and with its flaps fully extended. I was always puzzled by the gear and flaps being locked down and theorized that the pilot had tried to bleed off airspeed after getting hit by AA fire before he crashed. You can see the AA hits on the bottom of the plane. After watching a DVD titled, "Search for the Flyboys—The Ghost of Palau" I noticed some historic film showing a Hellcat with gear down and full flaps dropping a canister of napalm on a hill. This might explain why the Hellcat we found had its gear down and full flaps. The Yapese elders advised us the pilot was pulled from the wreckage and buried on a hill next to the plane.
F6F HellCat Information
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