Noonan, William Donald, ENS

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Last Rank
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 131X, USS Philippine Sea (CV-47)
Service Years
1949 - 1950

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Kansas City
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Nov 27, 1950
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific Ocean
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Not Specified

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Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLAdvanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.VA-115 EaglesUSS Philippine Sea (CV-47)
  1949-1949, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1950-1950, 139X, Advanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
  1950-1950, 131X, VA-115 Eagles
  1950-1950, 131X, USS Philippine Sea (CV-47)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
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Last Known Activity

With the outbreak of war in Korea, Philippine Sea was ordered to Pearl Harbor. She sailed for Hawaiian waters on 5 July with Air Group 11 embarked. The ship departed for the forward area on 24 July. Leaving Pearl Harbor, Philippine Sea sailed at full speed for the Western Pacific, reaching Okinawa on 4 August.

Philippine Sea sailed into action off Korea as flagship of Task Force 77 (TF 77) on 5 August. She launched air strikes to rain thousands of tons of bombs, rockets, and napalm down on strategic targets. As many as 140 sorties a day were launched from the carrier. Except for time out to re-arm, refuel, or repair for brief periods, Philippine Sea was in action continuously.

Operating with other carriers of TF 77, she hit North Korean rail and communication centers from Seoul to Wonsan in September. In the Yellow Sea she put on a major performance softening up the Incheon invasion coast. D-Day, 15 September, found Philippine Sea planes ranging far inland to destroy any attempts by the enemy to bring up reinforcements. Following the initial assault, she continued to provide close air support for the thrust inland to Seoul.



               LOCATION: AT SEA

                     OFF KOREA

Ensign Noonan was the pilot of an AD-4 Skyraider dive bomber with Attack Squadron 115, aboard the aircraft carrier USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CV-47). On November 27, 1950 during a snow storm, his aircraft crashed into the sea. His body was not recovered.

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