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Yap Island Mission Loss—8 September 1944

The following plane was lost on 8 September 1944 on a mission to Yap Island. I would greatly appreciate anyone's help to locate additional information regarding the information listed below.Submit additional information, updates, newpaper articles, pictures, and supporting documents to:

Date: Plane Type: Unit: Crew Names: Supporting Documents:
8 September 1944 F6F-5
Hellcat from the USS Franklin
VF-13, USN
  1. Ens. Robert E. Slingerland (Survived)
Bureau #58140

VF-13 History

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.

Ens. Robert E. Slingerland
Picture of Ens. Robert E. Slingerland cadet class on July 14, 1943
Click to Enlarge and view entire class picture


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 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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