Bardin, George Gaddis, Jr., ENS

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 131X, USS Cabot (CVL-28)
Service Years
1943 - 1944

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Oak Grove, LA
Last Address
Oak Grove, LA

Casualty Date
Sep 13, 1944
Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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VF-31 The MeataxesUSS Cabot (CVL-28)
  1944-1944, 131X, VF-31 The Meataxes
  1944-1944, 131X, USS Cabot (CVL-28)
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  1943-1944 World War II
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Last Known Activity
From the Official Aircraft Action Report 13 September 1944

Eight Hellcats of VF-31 and four TBMs of VT-31 were launched form USS Cabot at 0620-29 for a strike on Fabrioa airfield, Negros Island, Philippines.  After rendezvousing in assigned sector, Cabot planes joined aircraft of the USS Bunker Hill for run into the target.

Cabot planes landed at 0930, with Ens. Bardin (F6F-3 BUNO 42602) missing and Lt. Steward coming aboard with his plane smoking and seriously damaged.

Long after the attack, many calls were received from Ens. Bardin on high frequency.  Cabot obtained permission to answer, but Bardin did not receive the transmissions and continued to call. He was finally picked up on the radar screen northeast of Samar Island and given a vector on VHF.  Six hours after taking off, he reached the task force, ran out of gas and made a crash landing. His plane was afloat for approximately thirty seconds, and covering fighters observed that he stood up in the cockpit, but seemed to be entangled in something. They thought he went down with the plane; a search showed no signs of a survivor.
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Reported onboared USS
 Cabot (CVL-28) on Aug 21, 1944 from Carrier Aircraft Pool, USNAB, Navy No. 3237 o
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