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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 80880
Last updated: 6 May 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic TBM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman TBF-1 Avenger
Owner/operator:United States Navy (USN)
Registration: 00594
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pacific Ocean -   Pacific Ocean
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:USS Saratoga
Destination airport:USS Saratoga
On 31 August 1942 the American aircraft carrier Saratoga was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine for the second time. No one was killed but she lost turbo-electric propulsion system and was left dead in the water. Quick repairs allowed here to reach Tongatabu on 6 September, and she departed six days later to reach Pearl Harbor on 21 September for permanent repairs.

On 10 November 1942, the repairs were completed and Sarataga sailed from Pearl Harbor and proceeded to the Fijis, first stop on the way to Noumea. On the way she launched planes for routine patrols and search missions, and also for training sorties. At 1500 hrs on 16 November 1942 she lauched planes for a search mission on a 120 sector, median 205, to a distance of 175 miles. This search saw nothing and all planes had landed back at 1821 hrs, except one that crashed on landing.

The latter was the TBF-1 Buno 00594 of VT-3 that crashed into the sea 150 yards astern of the Saratoga while making an approach for landing. The destroyer USS Craven picked up at 1823 hrs the pilot, Ens E E Rodenburg, and his two crew, S1c X S Turner and ARM3c Lee, uninjured. The plane sank.

The exact position of the crash is not known but at 2000 hrs the Saratoga was by 01 03.5 N 167 31 W.


USS Saratoga War Diary, November 1942 (available online at
USS Craven War Diary, November 1942 (available online at

Revision history:

14-Nov-2010 11:55 ASN archive Added
30-Nov-2015 17:18 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Date, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Nov-2017 17:12 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Source]

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