Frank served as an Ensign & Pilot, Torpedo Squadron 4 (VT-4), U.S.S. San Jacinto (CVL-30), U.S. Navy during World War II.
He resided in Fairfield County, Connecticut prior to the war.
Frank was declared "Missing In Action" on a attack on the Japanese airfield at Kikai. His plane was hit by ground anti-aircraft fire and crashed into the sea.
Service # O-347063
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Lost on this flight:
Bissell, Frank H, Jr ~ Ens, Pilot, CT
Moore, William H ~ ARM3, Gunner, OH
( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )
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Previously added to Find A Grave,
Frank H. Bissell Jr.
Ensign, U.S. Navy
United States Naval Reserve
Entered the Service From: Connecticut
Service #: 0-347063
Date of Death: January 22, 1945
Wars or Conflicts:
World War II
Courts of the Missing: Court 5
Assigned to the USS Essex (CV-9) when he died. Send a private message with an e-mail address I can send the declassified ship report.
U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9) ACTION REPORT – OPERATIONS IN SUPPORT OF LANDINGS AT LINGAYEN AND SAN FABIAN, LUZON, P.I. 03 – 22 January 1945
KILLED IN ACTION – BISSELL, Jr., Frank Harper, Ensign, A1 USNR (347063). VT 4.MOORE, William Hoppes, ARM3c, (857 34 38), SV-6, USNR VT 4.This pilot and aircrewman of a TBM were killed in action on 22 January 1945. The plane made a low run on KIKAI airstrip, probably under 1,000 feet, and as the plane retired, it was seen burning. Plane continued low across island and appeared to be gliding for water landing but crashed and sank immediately at Latitude 28° 15’ North, Longitude 129° 59’ East. VT circled – saw no survivors – only an oil slick. Declared DEAD, KILLED IN ACTION at 0856, 22 January 1945.
Frank Harper Bissell
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