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Ensign Byron Johnson's F6F-3 Hellcat crash landed on Enterprise, 10 Nov 1943

Caption   Ensign Byron Johnson's F6F-3 Hellcat crash landed on Enterprise, 10 Nov 1943 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   80-G-205473
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Photos on Same Day 10 Nov 1943
Photos at Same Place Pacific Ocean
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 23 Sep 2006

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Alan Chanter says:
3 Dec 2009 06:18:12 AM

Lt. Walter Chewning, the catapult officer, is seen climbing aboard the stricken Hellcat to rescue Ensign Johnson of naval squadron VF-2 in this incident near the Gilbert Islands. Ensign Johnson would later become an ace, with eight kills.
2. Fernando says:
26 Jun 2011 08:20:08 AM

Well, footage of that crash has been watched in documentaries a lot. I always thought the pilot had dead.
3. Rigs says:
10 Nov 2013 01:28:49 PM

Is that a bomb or a fuel tank he's stepping on to get to the pilot?!? That takes some serious guts to do that with fire all around!
4. Lee says:
10 Nov 2013 05:12:01 PM

Rigs, that is a droppable fuel tank. Still take some extra guts to do that.
5. Robby Dedlow says:
20 May 2014 07:44:58 AM

I actually got to meet the pilot, Byron Johnson. Very unassuming and humble. He lived in the same VA home as my grandfather in Gering, Nebraska and was one of my grandfather's best friends. After he walked away from our first meeting my dad told me he was an ace. When I brought it up to him the next time I saw him he acted like it was nothing but his duty. Truly a man worthy of the his the moniker "greatest generation."
6. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
23 Mar 2019 03:46:14 PM

Enterprise had departed Pearl Harbor earlier that same day and this crash took place as part of the Air Group’s flight exercises, about 45 miles southwest of Barbers point, Oahu, Hawaii.

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