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|8 September 1944
Hellcat from the USS Franklin
- Ens. Robert E. Slingerland (Survived)
Shot down by AA fire over Yap. Made a water landing and waited for the rescue plan the following day. Floated in lift raft overnight. Used a lit cigarette to signal the rescue plane.
U.S.S. Franklin CV13 Action Report, YAP and Palau, 5 Sept to 18 Sept 44
Franklin, Yap, Slingerland, Robert E., Ens. DDAA (Ditched Damaged AA) Yap, Picked up by Destroyer. 9 September 1944
1 man recovered
From Justin Taylan www.pacificwrecks.com: His carrier was the Franklin. He had 3 victories in WWII, all over Manila.
Two Oscars on 10-15-44 and an Oscar prob. On 10-17, he got a Zeke over Manila.
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