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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 80883
Last updated: 17 June 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:US Navy
Registration: 00545
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Off San Diego -   Pacific Ocean
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:USS Bogue
Destination airport:USS Bogue
On 2 December 1942, the escort carrier USS Bogue left San Diego for air group and gunnery training and flight operations. She was escorted by the destroyer USS Gillespie.

At 1129 hrs on 4 December 1942, during the planified flight training operations, the TBF-1 Avenger Buno 00545 of VGS-9 fell over the port side of the carrier during an attempted landing on flight deck. It sank immediately but the entire crew, Ensign H C Carby (pilot), ARM3x F E Ellingsworth and AMM3c D L Clark, were picked up by a boat from the Gillespie and returned to Bogue at 1148 hrs.

The exact position of the loss is not given in the available documents, but at 1200 hrs the Bogue was by 31 31 N 118 29 30 W.


USS Bogue War Diary, December 1942 (available online at

Revision history:

14-Nov-2010 11:55 ASN archive Added
05-Dec-2015 10:22 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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