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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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

Name Service Branchsort descending
AOM 2c William Mulhearn USN
CPhoM John Elkinton USN
Sea 2c Eugene Ranks USN
Sea 2c Floyd Johnson USN
Sea 1c James Reiners USN
Sea 1c Paul King USN
Sea 1c Gilbert Ripley USN
AOM 2c Edward Kraft USN
Sea 2c Kenneth Smith USN
AOM 2c Wilfred Laliberte USN
AM 3c Carl Anderson USN
Y 2c James Shields USN
Sea 1c Robert Moran USN
ACMM Merril Anderson USN
Sea 1c Joe Shackelford USN
Sea 1c William Moore USN
AMM 3c Glen Boucvalt USN
Sea 1c William Sexton USN
Sea 1c Edsel Mciver USN
AMM 2c Sewall Carter USN