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USS Randolph (CV-15)

Pilot  Ensign John J. Hantschel, O--378349 (MIA / POW, died August 6, 1945) WI
Crashed  July 25, 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Grumman. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN). Assigned to USS Randolph (CV-15) and assigned to VF-16. No known nickname or nose art.

Wartime History
On July 25, 1945 took off from the USS Randolph (CV-15) on a mission against Shikoku Island.

Fate of the Pilot
Hantschel was captured and became a Prisoner Of War (POW) and was transported to Chugoku Kempei Tai Headquarters at Hiroshimia. Died on August 6, 1945 by the atomic bomb as this location was near the epicenter of the bomb.

Officially declared dead on July 26, 1946. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).

In 1999, a Memorial For U.S. POWs killed by the atomic bomb was placed at the site of the former headquarters by the efforts and personal funds of Hiroshima resident, and A-bomb survivor and historian Mr. Shigeaki Mori.

American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John J. Hantschel
FindAGrave - Ens John J Hantschel (tablets of the missing photo)
Stars & Stripes "Three U.S. POWs added to roster of Hiroshima Deaths" July 17, 2009

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Last Updated
February 14, 2020


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