Banesky, Albert Frank, WT3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
WT-0000-Water Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Water Tender
Primary Unit
1943-1945, WT-0000, USS Bunker Hill (CV-17)
Service Years
1943 - 1945
WT-Water Tender

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Casualty Info
Home Town
McKeesport, PA
Last Address
1306 Maple St
McKeesport, PA

Casualty Date
May 11, 1945
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery - McKeesport, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section Q (memorial marker)

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WWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II Fallen
  2019, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, World War II Fallen

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Bunker Hill (CV-17)
  1943-1945, WT-0000, USS Bunker Hill (CV-17)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Bismarck Archipelago Operation
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Majuro (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  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 for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Mindoro
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  WWII draft card
  Jan 01, 1944, Promoted to F2c
  May 01, 1944, Promoted to F1c
  Apr 01, 1945, Promoted to WT3
  Jun 29, 1945, McKeesport Sailor Killed on Bunker Hill1
  Aug 23, 1945, Jewish Serviceman Card1
  Feb 21, 1950, Application for WWII Compensation1
  Oct 05, 2019, General Photos
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Last Known Activity

On the morning of 11 May 1945, while supporting the invasion of Okinawa, USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) was struck and severely damaged by two Japanese kamikaze planes. A Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane emerged from low cloud cover, dove toward the flight deck and dropped a 550-pound  bomb that penetrated the flight deck and exited from the side of the ship at gallery deck level before exploding in the ocean. The Zero then crashed onto the carrier's flight deck, destroying parked warplanes full of aviation fuel and ammunition, causing a large fire. The remains of the Zero went over the deck and dropped into the sea. Then, a short 30 seconds later, a second Zero, plunged into its suicide dive. The Zero went through the antiaircraft fire, dropped a 550-pound bomb, and then crashed into the flight deck near the carrier's "island", as kamikazes were trained to aim for the island superstructure. The bomb penetrated the flight deck and exploded in the pilot's ready room. Gasoline fires flamed up and several explosions took place.  Bunker Hill lost a total of 390 sailors and airmen killed, including 43 missing, and 264 wounded.

WT3 Banesky was among the men killed in action. He was buried at sea by his shipmates.

Service number: 8220123

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