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USS San Jacinto (CVL-30)
|Pilot Lt(jg) William C. Henwood (rescued) Dunmore, PA
Ditched August 13, 1945
Built by Grumman as Model G-50 in Bethpage, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F6F-5 Hellcat bureau number 78006.
Assigned to USS San Jacinto (CVL-30) to Fighting Squadron 49 (VF-49) "Forty-Niners". No known nickname or nose art.
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.
Henwood was immediately rescued unhurt and returned to USS San Jacinto (CVL-30).
Henwood passed away August 15, 1986. He was cremated and his ashes scattered.
Wendy Henwood (daughter of William C. Henwood)
Previously, on May 8, 1945 ditched F6F Hellcat 72024 and was rescued and returned to duty.
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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May 5, 2020
August 13, 1945
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