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  F6F-5 Hellcat Bureau Number 78006  
USN
USS San Jacinto (CVL-30)
VF-49

Pilot  Lt(jg) William C. Henwood (rescued) Dunmore, PA
Ditched  August 13, 1945


Aircraft History
Built by Grumman as a model G-50. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F6F-5 Hellcat bureau number 78006.

Wartime History
Assigned to aboard USS San Jacinto (CVL-30). No known nickname or nose art. Fighting Squadron 49 "Forty-Niners"

Mission History
On August 13, 1945 at 7:45am took off from USS San Jacinto (CVL-30) piloted by Lt(jg) William C. Henwood on a mission over Tokyo. Soon after take off, suffered an engine failure and ditched into the center of the formation and survived the landing unhurt.and was resuce. Pilot Henwood survived unhurt.

Rescue
Henwood was immediately rescued unhurt and returned to USS San Jacinto (CVL-30).

Memorials
Henwood passed away August 15, 1986. He was cremated and his ashes scattered.

Relatives
Wendy Henwood (daughter of William C. Henwood)

Research
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F6F-5 Hellcat 78006
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List August 1945 - F6F-5 Hellcat 78006
NARA USS San Jacinto - Chronological Summary page 31-32 (August 13, 1945)
NARA USS San Jacinto: Part IV - Aircraft - Pilots and Air Crewmen Lost 18 August 1945, page 39
"8/13/45 / time of launch 0745(I) / Type Aircraft: F6F / Circumstances, Place and cause of plane loss: Ensign Henwood - Engine failure - water landing in center of formation. / No. pilots saved: 1."
FindAGrave - William Charles “Bill” Henwood (photo)
Fold3 - William Henwood (1920)
Thanks to Wendy Henwood and Henry Sakaida for additional information.

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Last Updated
April 5, 2019

 

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