Bourke, Frank Frederick, F1c

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Last Rank
Fireman First Class
Last Primary NEC
F1c-0000-Fireman 1st Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Fireman First Class
Primary Unit
1943-1944, F1c-0000, USS Houston (CL-81)
Service Years
1943 - 1944
Fireman First Class

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1912
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Philadelphia, PA
Last Address
1921 E Clearfield St
Philadelphia, PA

Casualty Date
Oct 14, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Torpedoed
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Oakland Cemetery - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
P 134

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy
  1943-1944, F1c-0000, USS Houston (CL-81)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)/Formosa Air Battle
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Oct 16, 1940, WWII draft card
  Jan 01, 1944, Promoted to F2c
  May 01, 1944, Promoted to F1c
  Apr 10, 1948, Buried at Oakland Cemetery1
  May 09, 1950, Application for WWII Compensation1
  Nov 30, 2019, General Photos1
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Last Known Activity

In the Battle of Formosa, the US naval air force did much to destroy Japanese bases for the island battles still to come. Japanese forces retaliated with heavy and repeated land-based air attacks. USS Houston (CL-81) splashed about four aircraft in one attack on 12 October 1944, and helped repel another attack next day, in which Canberra was hit by an aerial torpedo. Taking Canberra's old station on 14 October, Houston and other ships encountered another heavy air raid. Her gunners shot down three of the attacking torpedo bombers, but a fourth's torpedo hit her engine room, causing the loss of propulsive power. Captain Behrens requested a tow, which was undertaken by Boston.

By
midnight, both Canberra and Houston were under tow toward Ulithi for repairs. Pawnee – a fleet tug – assumed the tow on 16 October. Late that afternoon, one of the Japanese torpedo plane strikes from Formosa, still trying to sink the cruiser, struck Houston directly on her stern from the rear. This flooded the hangar for Houston's scout planes. Evacuating all surplus sailors to the escorting ships, Captain Behrens and his damage control officer, with the aid of Houston's Executive Officer, Captain Clarence J. Broussard, kept the damage control parties working, and they managed to keep Houston afloat, traveling slowly toward Ulithi.

F1c Bourke was listed as missing in action after the action on the 14th. His remains were recovered and identified on November 18th and he was buried on Ulithi Island. In 1948, his remains were returned to the United States for burial by his family.
   
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Service number: 8182868

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