Bishop, Walter Douglas, Jr., LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
000X-Unknown Navy Officer Classification/ Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 000X, USS Cabot (CVL-28)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Kansas City, KS
Last Address
1912 Nebraska Ave
Kansas City, KS
(Wife~Elaine Roberta Bishop)

Casualty Date
Dec 14, 1944
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Wall of the Missing (Cenotaph)

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry

 Ribbon Bar
Naval Aviator Wings

 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
VF-29 ShillelaghsUSS Cabot (CVL-28)
  1944-1944, 000X, VF-29 Shillelaghs
  1944-1944, 000X, USS Cabot (CVL-28)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Serial Number 0-263685
  Jan 17, 1942, Service Entry Date
  Dec 14, 1944, Declared Missing In Action later changed to death Date
  Dec 15, 1945, Declared dead but later date revised to day of declared MIA
  Jan 07, 2018, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Preinvasion strikes in the Palaus in September 1944 along with air attacks on Mindanao, the Visayas, and Luzon paved the way for the long-awaited return to the Philippines. On 6 October, Air Group 29 relieved Air Group 31, Ltjg Bishop Squadron was transferred to the USS Cabot. The Cabot sailed from Ulithi for raids on Okinawa to provide air cover for her task group during the heavy enemy attacks off Formosa on 12 and 13 October. Cabot joined the group which screened "Cripple Division 1", Canberra and Houston which had been torpedoed off Formosa, to the safety of the Carolines, then rejoined her group for continued air strikes on the Visayas, and the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 and 26 October.

Cabot remained on patrol off Luzon, conducting strikes in support of operations ashore, and repelling desperate kamikaze attacks. On 25 November, a particularly vicious one occurred. Cabot had fought off several kamikazes when one, already flaming from hits, crashed the flight deck on the port side, destroying the still-firing 20 mm gun platform, disabling the 40 mm Mounts and a gun director: Another of Cabot's victims crashed close aboard and showered the port side with shrapnel and burning debris. 62 men were killed or wounded but careful training had produced a crew which handled damage control smoothly and coolly. While she continued to maintain her station in formation and operate effectively, temporary repairs were made. On 28 November, she arrived at Ulithi for permanent repairs.

Cabot returned to action on 11 December 1944, steaming with the force striking Luzon, Formosa, Indo-China, Hong Kong, and the Nansei Shoto in support of the Luzon operations. It was during this operations that Ltjg Cabot lost his life. 

Name of Award
Silver Star
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Walter Douglas Bishop (NSN: 0-263685), United States Naval Reserve, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight against enemy forces as the pilot of a single-seater carrier-based Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron TWENTY-NINE (VF-29), embarked in U.S.S. CABOT (CVL-28). On 16 October 1944, in the vicinity of Formosa he was a section leader of an eight plane flight on Combat Air Patrol. In the face of a vastly superior number of enemy aircraft he fearlessly attacked the enemy bomber formation and destroyed three planes. His aggressive and skillful action materially aided in the success of this engagement and was at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: October 16, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Air Squadron: Fighting Squadron 29 (VF-29)
Ship: U.S.S. Cabot (CVL-28)
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