Freeman, Doris Clyde, LT

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Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1945-1945, 131X, VF-84 Jolly Rogers
Service Years
1942 - 1945
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Los Angeles
Last Address
Los Angeles

Casualty Date
May 11, 1945
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
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Not Specified

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VF-17 Jolly RogersUSS Bunker Hill (CV-17)VF-84 Jolly Rogers
  1943-1944, 131X, VF-17 Jolly Rogers
  1943-1945, 131X, USS Bunker Hill (CV-17)
  1945-1945, 131X, VF-84 Jolly Rogers
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Gilbert Islands Operation
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
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Last Known Activity

Transported from Pearl Harbor to Espiritu Santo aboard the USS Prince William (CVE-31), arriving 25 October 1943, assigned to VF-17. He was a pilot of an F4U-1 "Corsair" aircraft.

Flew out of Ondonga, New Georgia, Solomon Islands in October 1943 and were land based for some time.

Lt. Freeman was credited with two Japanese Nakajima Ki-27 "Nate" aircraft with VF-17, before going on to claim seven more victories with VF-84 in 1945.

According to sources, "Lt(j.g.) Doris Clyde "Chico" Freeman, was the pilot of the aircraft "White 34". He was an original member of VF-17 and flew both tours scoring 2 confirmed and 2 probables. He was from Los Angeles and named his plane "L.A. City Limits". He was killed by a kamikaze while in the ready room on the USS Bunker Hill (CV-17). While with VF-84, he scored three more confirmed and became an ace. "

On 11 May 1945, the USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) was badly damaged by kamikaze attacks with the loss of 660 men.  She did not have time to launch her aircraft when two kamikaze aircraft managed to make it through to the carrier, causing severe damage. Note: The bomb penetrated the flight deck and exploded. Gasoline fires flamed up and several explosions took place. Bunker Hill lost a total of 346 sailors and airmen killed, 43 more missing (and never found), and 264 wounded.

Sources: (quote for loss, and photo sitting on aircraft) (movie) (VF-17 Squadron History and Base Locations)

Mark Styling, Corsair Aces of World War 2, Osprey,, 1995, page 92.
Eric Hammel, Air War Pacific: America's Air War Against Japan and East Asia 1941-1945 Chronology, Pacifica Press, California, 1998, page 646.
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