The Battle of Midway
June 3 - 6, 1942
APPENDIX FOUR:
UNITED STATES CARRIER
AIRCRAFT PERSONNEL BIOS
FIGHTING THREE

USS Yorktown CV-3, Aircraft Personnel Bios, 28 May 1942

Fighting Squadron Three (VF-3)

Adams, John Paul ENS
Bain, John Burton Edward ENS
Barnes, Doyle Clayton MACH
Barnes, William Wesley, Jr., LT(jg)
Bass, Horace Ancel, Jr., ENS
Bassett, Edgar R. ENS
Brassfield, Arthur James LT(jg)
Bright, Mark L. ENS
Cheek, Tom Fred MACH
Crommelin, Richard Gunter LT(jg)
Dibb, Robert Allen Murray ENS
Eppler, Harold Joseph William ENS
Evans, Robert C., ENS
Gibbs, Harry Bonaparte ENS
Haas, Walter Albert LT(jg)
Hopper, George A., Jr., ENS
Leonard, William Nicholas LT(jg)
Lovelace, Donald Alexander LCDR
Macomber, Brainard Tucker LT(jg)
Markham, George F., Jr., ENS
Mattson, Edward Duran LT(jg)
McCuskey, Elbert Scott LT(jg)
Morris, Van H. ENS
Sheedy, Daniel Crysdale ENS
Thach, John Smith LCDR
Tootle, Milton, Jr., ENS
Woollen, William Stone LT(jg)
Wright, Richard Lee ENS

 


ADAMS, JOHN PAUL, ENS, A-V(N) USNR

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Adams, John Paul- Pilot
Born: 20 February 1919 Horton, Kansas
Died: UNAVAILABLE
Enlisted: 1941
USNA Class: N/A
Rank: ENS
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-14, BuNo 5145
  Credited with 2.0 victories during the war. ENS Adams retired as CAPT in July 1972.

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BAIN, JOHN BURTON EDWARD, ENS, A-V(N) USNR

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Bain, John Burton Edward- Pilot
Born: 10 January 1918
Died: UNAVAILABLE
Enlisted: 1941
USNA Class: N/A
Rank: ENS
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-8, BuNo 5151
  Credited with 2.0 victories during the war. ENS Bain retired as CDR in September 1961.

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BARNES, DOYLE CLAYTON, MACH (NAP) USN

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Barnes, Doyle Clayton- Pilot
Born: 5 April 1912 Oeniville, Texas
Died: 24 August 1942
Enlisted: 1933
USNA Class: N/A
Rank: MACH
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-17, BuNo 5142
  After Midway, MACH Barnes also participated in the Invasion of Guadalcanal and the Battle of Eastern Solomon's. Was listed as MIA on 24 August 1942 while flying with Fighting Six. Credited with 3.0 victories at the time of his death.

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BARNES, WILLIAM WESLEY, JR., LT(jg), A-V(N) USNR

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Barnes, William Wesley, Jr.- Pilot
Born: 19 March 1914
Died: UNAVAILABLE
Enlisted: 1940
USNA Class: N/A
Rank: LT(jg)
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-24, BuNo 5239
  Credited with 1.0 victory during the war. LT Barnes retired as CDR in December 1972.

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BASS, HORACE ANCEL, JR., ENS, A-V(N) USNR

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Bass, Horace Ancel, Jr.- Pilot
Born: 22 September 1915
Died: 24 August 1942
Enlisted: 1941
USNA Class: N/A
Rank: ENS
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-22, BuNo 5050
  ENS Bass was listed KIA 24 August 1942 while flying with Fighting Five. Credited with 1.0 victory at the time of his death.

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BASSETT, EDGAR R., ENS, A-V(N) USNR

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Bassett, Edgar R.- Pilot
Born: 10 March 1914 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: 4 June 1942
Enlisted: February 1940
USNA Class: N/A
Rank: ENS
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-4, BuNo 5168
  Prior to Midway, ENS Bassett saw action with VF-42 during the Lae-Salamua Raids in March and the Battle of Coral Sea in May. ENS Bassett, flying F-9 (BuNo 5150) was shot down by an A6M2, probably from Akagi, while escorting Torpedo Three's attack on Kido Butai on the morning of 4 June 1942. Credited with 2.0 victories at the time of his death.

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BRASSFIELD, ARTHUR JAMES, LT(jg) USN

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Brassfield, Arthur James- Pilot
Born: 21 September 1910
Died: UNAVAILABLE
Enlisted: 1937
USNA Class: N/A
Rank: LT(jg)
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-19, BuNo 5066
  LT Brassfield served as Fighting Three's Engineering Officer. Credited with 6.333 victories during the war. LT Brassfield retired as CAPT in July 1969.

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BRIGHT, MARK L., ENS, A-V(N) USNR

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Bright, Mark L.- Pilot
Born: 8 February 1919
Died: 17 June 1944
Enlisted: 1941
USNA Class: N/A
Rank: ENS
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-12, BuNo 5147
  ENS Bright was listed KIA 17 June 1944 while flying with Fighting Sixteen. Credited with 9.0 victories at the time of his death.

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CHEEK, TOM FRED, MACH (NAP), USN

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Cheek, Tom Fred- Pilot
Born: 15 April 1917
Died: Currently living
Enlisted: 1936
USNA Class: N/A
Rank: MACH
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-5, BuNo 5167
  Credited with 1.0 victory during the war. MACH Cheek retired as CDR in July 1956.

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CROMMELIN, RICHARD GUNTER, LT(jg) USN

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Crommelin, Richard Gunter- Pilot
Born: 8 January 1917 Alabama
Died: 14 July 1945
Enlisted: 1934
USNA Class: 1938
Rank: LT(jg)
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-7, BuNo 5152
  LT Crommelin was killed 14 July 1945 while flying with Fighting Eighty-Eight. Credited with 3.5 victories at the time of his death.

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DIBB, ROBERT ALLEN MURRAY, ENS, A-V(N) USNR

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Dibb, Robert Allen Murray- Pilot
Born: 15 February 1921
Died: 29 August 1944
Enlisted: 1941
USNA Class: N/A
Rank: ENS
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-2, BuNo 5170
  ENS Dibb was killed 29 August 1944. Credited with 7.0 victories at the time of his death.

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EPPLER, HAROLD JOSEPH WILLIAM, ENS, A-V(N) USNR

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Eppler, Harold Joseph William- Pilot
Born: 9 October 1917
Died: UNAVAILABLE
Enlisted: 1941
USNA Class: N/A
Rank: ENS
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: None
  ENS Eppler was killed in an accident.

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EVANS, ROBERT C., ENS, A-V(N) USNR

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Evans, Robert C.- Pilot
Born: UNAVAILABLE
Died: UNAVAILABLE
Enlisted: 1941
USNA Class: N/A
Rank: ENS
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: None
  ENS Evans retired as LCDR in April 1962.

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GIBBS, HARRY BONAPARTE, ENS, A-V(N) USNR

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Gibbs, Harry Bonaparte- Pilot
Born: 8 June 1920
Died: 1970
Enlisted: 1941
USNA Class: N/A
Rank: ENS
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-2, BuNo 5170
  Credited with 2.0 victories during the war. ENS Gibbs died as a CAPT in 1970.

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HAAS, WALTER ALBERT, LT(jg), A-V(N) USNR

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Haas, Walter Albert- Pilot
Born: 31 August 1912
Died: UNAVAILABLE
Enlisted: 1940
USNA Class: N/A
Rank: LT(jg)
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-15, BuNo 5144
  Credited with 4.833 victories during the war. LT Haas retired as CAPT in June1958.

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HOPPER, GEORGE A., JR., ENS, A-V(N) USNR

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Hopper, George A., Jr.- Pilot
Born: UNAVAILABLE
Died: 4 June 1942
Enlisted: 1941
USNA Class: N/A
Rank: ENS
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-16, BuNo 5143
  ENS Hopper was listed KIA 4 June 1942.

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LEONARD, WILLIAM NICHOLAS, LT(jg), USN

Leonard, William Nicholas- Pilot
Born: 12 January 1916
Died: Currently Living in Virginia Beach, VA
Enlisted: 1934
USNA Class: 1938
Rank: LT(jg)
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-13, BuNo 5146

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LOVELACE, DONALD ALEXANDER, LCDR, USN

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Lovelace, Donald Alexander- Pilot
Born: 20 June 1906
Died: 29 May 1942
Enlisted: 1924
USNA Class: 1928
Rank: LCDR
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-13(26), BuNo 5244
  LCDR Lovelace was killed in an accident with ENS Robert Evans while embarking on Yorktown on 29 May 1942. Credited with 0.5 victories at the time of his death.

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MACOMBER, BRAINARD TUCKER, LT(jg), USNR

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Macomber, Brainard Tucker- Pilot
Born: 1 January 1917
Died: UNAVAILABLE
Enlisted: 1938
USNA Class: N/A
Rank: LT(jg)
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-3, BuNo 5169
  Credited with 1.0 victory during the war. LT Macomber retired as CAPT in September 1959.

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MARKHAM, GEORGE F., JR., A-V(N) USNR

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Markham, George F., Jr.- Pilot
Born: 15 August 1916
Died: UNAVAILABLE
Enlisted: 1941
USNA Class: N/A
Rank: ENS
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-10, BuNo 5149
  ENS Markham retired as CDR in April 1954.

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MATTSON, EDWARD DURAN, LT(jg), USN

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Mattson, Edward Duran- Pilot
Born: 9 April 1917
Died: 22 November 1983
Enlisted: 1935
USNA Class: 1939
Rank: LT(jg)
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-21, BuNo 5153
  LT Mattson retired as LCDR in June 1944. Credited with 1.0 victory during the war.

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MCCUSKEY, ELBERT SCOTT, LT(jg), A-V(N), USN

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McCuskey, Elbert Scott- Pilot
Born: 8 February 1915 Little Rock, Arkansas
Died: 15 June 1997 Clearwater, Florida
Enlisted: 1938
USNA Class: N/A
Rank: LT(jg)
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-11, BuNo 5148
  Credited with 13.5 victories during the war. LT McCuskey retired as CAPT in July 1965.

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MORRIS, VAN H., ENS, A-V(N), USNR

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Morris, Van H.- Pilot
Born: 27 April 1919
Died: UNAVAILABLE
Enlisted: 1941
USNA Class: N/A
Rank: ENS
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: None
  Credited with 2.0 victories during the war.

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SHEEDY, DANIEL CRYSDALE, ENS, A-V(N) USNR

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Sheedy, Daniel Crysdale- Pilot
Born: 15 November 1916
Died: Living
Enlisted: 1941
USNA Class: N/A
Rank: ENS
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-6, BuNo 5165
  Credited with 1.0 victory during the war. ENS Sheedy retired as CDR in January 1963.

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THACH, JOHN SMITH, LCDR, USN

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Thach, John Smith- Pilot
Born: 19 April 1905 Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Died: 15 April 1981
Enlisted: 1923
USNA Class: 1927
Rank: LCDR
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-1, BuNo 5171

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TOOTLE, MILTON, JR., ENS A-V(N) USNR

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Tootle, Milton, Jr.- Pilot
Born: 8 January 1920
Died: UNAVAILABLE
Enlisted: 1941
USNA Class: N/A
Rank: ENS
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-18, BuNo 5080
  Credited with 1.0 victory during the war.

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WOOLLEN, WILLIAM STONE, LT(jg), A-V(N) USNR

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Woollen, William Stone- Pilot
Born: 22 January 1914
Died: UNAVAILABLE
Enlisted: 1938
USNA Class: N/A
Rank: LT(jg)
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-23, BuNo 5093
  Credited with 4.5 victories during the war. LT Woollen retired as CAPT in July 1963.

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WRIGHT, RICHARD LEE, ENS, A-V(N) USNR

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Wright, Richard Lee- Pilot
Born: 25 July 1918
Died: 28 March 1952
Enlisted: 1940
USNA Class: N/A
Rank: ENS
Squadron: Fighting Three (VF-3)
Carrier: Yorktown
Assigned A/C: F4F-4, F-9, BuNo 5150
  Credited with 2.0 victories during the war. ENS Wright died as CDR 28 March 1952.

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BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DATA:

Personnel biographies were complied from various source. Those crew members that I spoke to are marked with an (*).

I wish to thank sincerely George Wayne McMullan for providing me data from his numerous sources, as most of the information you see here is his.

I also wish to thank Mark E. Horan, author of A Glorious Page in Our History: The Battle of Midway 4 - 6 June 1942 , for providing me with the complete list of pilots and crewmembers you see on this page.

Arial victory totals from The First Team: Pacific Naval Air Combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway, John B. Lundstrom, Appendix 6 pp. 490-495.

 

NOTES:

All information as of March 31, 1998. Rank is as of June 4, 1942. Assigned A/C (aircraft) is the plane to which the aviator was assigned. In many instances, however, pilots flew aircraft other than those to which they were assigned (SEE the Carrier and Midway Air-ops pages for information regarding plane assignments for specific missions).

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