Allen, Eric, Jr., LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1941-1941, 131X, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
Service Years
1938 - 1941
Lieutenant Junior Grade Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home State
Vermont
Vermont
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Manchester, VT
Last Address
Manchester, VT
(Father~ Rev. Eric Allen, SR)

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Misadventure
Location
Hawaii
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION C SITE 1649

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LTJG Eric Allen, Jr., was Killed in Action on December 7, 1941, after the attack on Pearl Harbor.  He was assigned to Fighter Squadron 6, on board the USS Enterprise CV-6.


He resided in Fairfield County, Connecticut prior to the war.

During the attack on Pearl Harbor the Enterprise, which was not at Pearl Harbor, dispatched a force of Six Wildcats which escorted a strike force consisting of 18 Torpedo Six TBDs, and six VB-6 Dauntlesses fitted with smoke generators to mask the TBDs as they approached their targets. Their mission was to locate Japanese Aircraft carriers that had launched the attack on Pearl and engage them.

Unable to locate the Japanese the 18 Torpedo Six TBDs and the six VB-6 Dauntlesses were told to return to the Enterprise. The six Wildcats were directed to continue on to Pearl Harbor and render any assistance as necessary.

As the 6 Wildcats approached Hickam Field near Pearl Harbor their arrival there triggered a panic, even though the message of their arrival was repeatedly broadcast, and they were fired upon by ground anti-aircraft fire.

ENS Herbert H. Menges immediately fell victim to the anti-aircraft fire and crashed. He has since been noted as the first Naval fighter pilot to die during World War II.

LTJG France F. Hebel's fighter was shot down next and crashed near Wheeler Field. He had suffered a skull fracture during the crash and died.

LTJG Eric Allen, Jr., after being shot while still in his aircraft, bailed out at a low altitude over Pearl Harbor and suffered internal injuries. He landed in the oily water near the mindsweeper Vireo (AM-52) and later succumbed to his injuries. 

ENS James Daniels was the only one of the six airmen to land on an airfield proper (Ford Island Naval Air Station). 

ENS Gayle Hermann set down on a small golf course on Ford Island.

ENS David Flynn's F4F apparently ran out of fuel, forcing him to parachute into a cane field near Barbers Point.

With a loss of three pilots and four aircraft, 7 December 1941 saw VF-6's worst casualties through June 1942.

   
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