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USS Yorktown (CV-10)
|Pilot Ensign Owen
M. Hintz, O-290489, USNR (MIA / KIA) IA
Gunner AR2C Lloyd R. Woellhof, 6286511 (POW, executed August 5, 1944) KS
Crashed July 4, 1944
Built by Curtiss. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as SB2C-1 Helldiver Bureau Number 01169.
Assigned to USS Yorktown(CV-10) to Bombing Squadron 1 (VB-1). No known nose art or nickname.
On July 4, 1944 took off from USS Yorktown CV-10 piloted by Ensign Owen M. Hintz roughly sixty-six miles off Chi Chi Jima on a dive bombing mission against Chi Chi Jima Harbor. Over the target, hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed. Woellhof bailed out and survived.
Fates of the Crew
Pilot Hintz died in the crash and remains listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Woellhof was captured by the Japanese and became a prisoner of war (POW) on Chi Chi Jima until General Yoshio Tachibana ordered him to be killed. On August 6, 1944 Woellhof was taken to a rifle range and tied to a tree. Under orders from Lt. Col. Kikuji Ito, Japanese Army soldiers used him for bayonet practice while he was still alive. Afterwards, Ito personally beheaded Woellhof and his body was buried. On August 16, 1945 the Japanese exhumed Woellhof's body, cremated his remains and disposed of the ashes to remove the evidence of his demise.
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