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F6F-5 Hellcat fighter of US Navy pilot Ensign John G. Fraifogl caught on fire upon landing during USS Ticonderoga's shakedown cruise, Gulf of Paria, Trinidad, 1717 on 1 Jul 1944

Caption   F6F-5 Hellcat fighter of US Navy pilot Ensign John G. Fraifogl caught on fire upon landing during USS Ticonderoga's shakedown cruise, Gulf of Paria, Trinidad, 1717 on 1 Jul 1944 ww2dbase
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Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 20 Jul 2008

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
21 Jul 2008 12:53:01 AM

F6F-5 Hellcat aircraft BuNo 58613. Badly damaged by this fire; surveyed. Fraifogl (of Mansfield, Ohio) received 1st degree burns to face, 2nd deg burns to L shoulder, “posterior,” deltoid, & neck. Also injured were two deck crewmen with minor burns to face, back, & neck sustained while fighting the fire. Fraifogl would fly again; had multiple confirmed kills as wingman to VF80 “Vipers” Ace Zeke Cormier; survived the war.
2. Anne says:
20 Mar 2009 09:55:30 PM

John Fraifogl in above photo was my deceased father's oldest sistger son. My sister and I found a newspaper areticle from Mansfield, Ohio paper my dad lovingly saved of his nephew and my cousin John. if needed can locate and Xerox. John did wish to be a private man, though. and private citizen. Very rarely talked of his hellcat days but know there was a pride there of his patriotic feeling to our USA.
3. Stephen Beaudry says:
5 Sep 2011 09:13:23 AM

Zeke Cormair tells story about ariel action that included Zeke Cormier, Pat Fleming, Johnny Fraifogl and my father Paul Beaudry while flying from the Ticonderoga at http://cv14/news.html
4. Ken Rodeghero says:
1 Jul 2015 07:06:51 PM

So my grandfather was a Navy signalman in WWII. He died in 2001 and, due to my interest in the military and WWII, he left me a series of ten developed photographs he took during his service days. This IS one of his photos. Totally crazy. I saw this linked on Facebook and almost fell out of my chair. We never found the negatives so perhaps he donated them but did not tell us. I have no idea but please contact me so we can discuss or I can get in touch with you. I have scans of all the photos, as well, and would be happy to share. Heck, they may already be here and I will scope around and see. Thank you!!!

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WW2-Era Place Name Gulf of Paria, Trinidad
Lat/Long 10.5250, -61.7375
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