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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, January 21, 1945
Aircraft Accident
While Hancock conducted strike operations in hitting Hainan Island in the Gulf of Tonkin, the Pescadores Islands, and shipping in the harbor of Hong Kong. Raids against Formosa one of her planes returning from a sortie made a normal landing, taxied to a point abreast of the island, and disintegrated in a blinding explosion which killed 50 men and injured 75 others. ... Outstanding work by Hancock’s damage control teams quickly brought the fires under control in time to land other planes which were still aloft. She returned to formation and launched strikes against Okinawa the next morning.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 37

Namesort descending Service Branch
AM 3c Carl Anderson USN
ACMM Merril Anderson USN
AMM 3c Glen Boucvalt USN
AMM 2c Sewall Carter USN
AMM 1c Aubery Davidson USN
Cox Carl Demarco USN
AMM 3c Mike Demkowicz USN
CPhoM John Elkinton USN
Sea 1c James Embrey USN
AMM 3c Theodore Faleni USN
Lt(jg) Charles Fash USN
LCdr Percy Generous USN
PhoM 2c Charles Genovese USN
Sea 2c Floyd Johnson USN
Sea 1c Paul King USN
AOM 2c Edward Kraft USN
AOM 2c Wilfred Laliberte USN
Sea 1c Edsel Mciver USN
Sea 1c William Moore USN
Sea 1c Robert Moran USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)