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LTJG Eric Allen, Jr

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LTJG Eric Allen, Jr

  • Birth 22 Jul 1916 Darien, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
  • Death 7 Dec 1941 Pearl Harbor, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
  • Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
  • Plot C, 1649
  • Memorial ID 3768142

Son of Rev. Eric Allen, Sr. who resided in Manchester, Vermont during the war.

Eric served as a Lieutenant Junior Grade and pilot of a F4F 6-F-12 Wildcat, Fighter Squadron Six, U.S.S. Enterprise (CV-6), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Fairfield County, Connecticut prior to the war.

During the attack on Pearl Harbor the Enterprise, which was not at Pearl Harbor, dispatched a force of Six Wildcats which escorted a strike force consisting of 18 Torpedo Six TBDs, and six VB-6 Dauntlesses fitted with smoke generators to mask the TBDs as they approached their targets. Their mission was to locate Japanese Aircraft carriers that had launched the attack on Pearl and engage them.

Unable to locate the Japanese the 18 Torpedo Six TBDs and the six VB-6 Dauntlesses were told to return to the Enterprise. The six Wildcats were directed to continue on to Pearl Harbor and render any assistance as necessary.

As the 6 Wildcats approached Hickam Field near Pearl Harbor their arrival there triggered a panic, even though the message of their arrival was repeatedly broadcast, and they were fired upon by ground anti-aircraft fire.

ENS Herbert H. Menges immediately fell victim to the anti-aircraft fire and crashed. He has since been noted as the first Naval fighter pilot to die during World War II.

LTJG France F. Hebel's fighter was shot down next and crashed near Wheeler Field. He had suffered a skull fracture during the crash and died.

LTJG Eric Allen, Jr., after being shot while still in his aircraft, bailed out at a low altitude over Pearl Harbor and suffered internal injuries. He landed in the oily water near the mindsweeper Vireo (AM-52) and later succumbed to his injuries.

ENS James Daniels was the only one of the six airmen to land on an airfield proper (Ford Island Naval Air Station).

ENS Gayle Hermann set down on a small golf course on Ford Island.

ENS David Flynn's F4F apparently ran out of fuel, forcing him to parachute into a cane field near Barbers Point.

With a loss of three pilots and four aircraft, 7 December 1941 saw VF-6's worst casualties through June 1942.

Eric was originally interred in the Halawa Naval Cemetery, Oahu and was later re-interred here on January 26, 1949.

Service # O-081275

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The six Wildcat Pilots:

Allen, Eric, Jr ~ LTJG **
Daniels, James G, III ~ ENS
Flynn, David R ~ ENS
Hebel, Francis F ~ LTJG **
Hermann, Gayle L ~ ENS ***
Menges, Herbert H ~ ENS *

* ~ Killed/Missing in Action, December 7, 1941.
** ~ Died of Injuries Received December 7, 1941.
*** ~ Killed/Missing later in the war.
( David R. Flynn & James G. Daniels, III both survived the war )

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 4 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3768142
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LTJG Eric Allen, Jr (22 Jul 1916–7 Dec 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3768142, citing National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .