Lt David H Pope

District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Death 18 Jul 1943 (aged 25)
Bougainville, Bougainville (North Solomons), Papua New Guinea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Memorial ID 56777214 · View Source
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F4F-4 Wildcat Bureau Number 11978
USS Sangamon
Pilot Lt. David H. Pope, O-082732 (MIA / KIA) DC
MIA July 18, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Grumman. Assigned to the United States Navy (USN). Assigned to USS Sangamon (CVE-26) to squadron VF-28. No known nickname or nose art. No known squadron number.

Mission History
Took off from Banika Island in the Russell Island Group on an escort mission for B-24s bombing Kahili Airfield. Over the target, intercepted enemy fighters. This Wildcat failed to return.

Pope was officially declared dead on the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Gravesite Details Entered the service from D.C.


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56777214
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lt David H Pope (3 Oct 1917–18 Jul 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56777214, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .