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Shelley Jones, e-mail, 22.10.2023 02:45

Doug, thank you so much for all of this information. Not too long after I posted on here I ask a brother if he knew and it turns out his son has our dad's flight book. He looked it up and found the pilots name but the rest of the info we did not have: a destroyer picked them up; they were transferred to the USS Lexington and "Butch" shot the zeros down!
This adds so much to this major event. Thanks again. My father was W6SUN and built his first ham radio before he joined the Navy at 19 years old in Sept 1940.

Shelley Jones, e-mail, 22.10.2023 02:27

Hi Michael, my father was a radioman flying with pilot Lt. Alfred M. Roberts in a SOC-1 off the USS New Orleans at Wake Island. They were scouting on Oct. 5, 1943 when their SOC was shot down by three Jap zeroes. They bailed and were picked up by a destroyer thankfully.
I wish my family had a photograph like you have. How nice you were able to have a painting done for him.

Doug Campbell, e-mail, 22.10.2023 00:37

Curtiss SOC-1 BuNo 9988 was attached to USS New Orleans (CA-32) and lost at Wake Island on 5 October 1943. Fuselage designation #88. The pilot was Lt. Alfred M. Roberts, the passenger was Radioman George W. McCarthy. The Seagull was shot down by three Japanese Zeroes. Both crewmembers were wounded when strafed by the Zeroes after they had parachuted out of the Seagull – Lt. Roberts was hit in the groin and Radioman McCarthy was shot through the knee. It was a formation of F6F Hellcats, led by Lt. Commander “Butch” O’Hare, swooped in and shot the Zeroes down. They were both picked up by a U.S. destroyer while taking fire from Japanese shore batteries on Wake Island. Two days later the destroyer turned over the two men to the USS Lexington (CV-16) for further hospitalization. It is known that Lt. Roberts was later transferred to USS Puget Sound (CVE-113) and from there was transferred, on 2 July 1945, to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Seattle, WA.

Shelley, e-mail, 11.09.2023 23:16

My father, George McCarthy was a radioman on a SOC-1 flown from the New Orleans. It was shot down by Japs near Wake Island. I do not know the name of the pilot. Both my dad and the pilot were picked up by a ship wounded from Jap strafing them as they floated down. Anyone know who the pilot may have been?

tony v cuccia, e-mail, 04.04.2021 16:49

looking for family members of William Kyde ARM 1/c killed 7/2/1942 in a SOC-1 crash off Alaska

Rei8d, e-mail, 02.04.2021 07:29

I have a communications panel from a Curtis-Wright Seagull on eBay.
You may find this interesting as your father knew how to work this panel during the War. He would be right at home in front of it.
My eBay store is under Historic Antiques.

Marilynn K Laird, e-mail, 18.03.2021 06:08

Geoff the airplane you saw was likely the Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3 that is owned by Buffalo Joe McBryan and is at Yellow Knife NWT

Annette Yates, e-mail, 03.09.2017 04:55

I would like to make contact with Barry Schoen, as my father also was on the USS Indianapolis at the same time as his uncle. My father was the avionics radioman that was seated behind the pilot on the SOC Seahawk. My dad also got off at the same time and then went on to flight school in Pensacola, Florida. I don't have any picture other than what I find at different websites. My father's name was Charles W. Stone.

Barry Schoen, e-mail, 04.08.2016 02:46

My uncle was a SOC-1 pilot on the USS Indianapolis for three years. He was left on R&R stateside when they took the nuke cargo to Tarawa. I have a handful of his pictures from the Indy.

Keith Polite, e-mail, 14.09.2015 23:55

I am searching for the Pilot's Handbook for the SOC-1, 2, 3 and/or 4. This is an aircraft that served distinctively in WW-II and it is my intention to preserve the technical data so it will not be lost to history with only a few pictures to remember it by. A good quality Xerox copy will suffice for this purpose.

Virgina L. Barnett-Buchner, e-mail, 08.04.2015 01:11

To Craig Lindberg: My late 1st husband John M. Barnett served aboard USS Cleveland with your Dad they were great buddies the 4 of us, your Dad, Mom Betty John and I spent several reunions together. U and my youngest son Kevin share the same birthday 2/7/56 I think that John said their plane was a 1928.John passed away 5/17/01

Ernie Snowden, e-mail, 21.05.2014 23:21

For Michael Garvey who left a comment regarding his father's service in USS Minneapolis. My uncle for whom I'm named, Ernie Snowden, served as a SOC pilot on Minneapolis, but earlier I think - around 1939 or 1940. If Michael has any material like photos or cruise reports from Minneapolis or Scouting Squadron SIX from that period, I'd be very interested in seeing those.

Michael Garvey, e-mail, 18.02.2014 03:00

My father, Lt. Jg. Charles C. Garvey, flew the SOC off the USS Minneapolis (CA36) during operations in the South Pacific. We found a photo in the Nat. Archives of he and his radioman being hoisted onto a catapult for a 5 hour spotting flight on Oct. 5, 1943 during the battle for Wake Island. For his 80th birthday, we commissioned noted military artist, Stan Stokes, to paint an action shot of an SOC being shot off a heavy cruiser. Dad passed away in July 2011 just 2 months shy of his 95 birthday. He is missed.

Mike Osborn, e-mail, 21.03.2013 01:49

Had an uncle lost off Peru flying the SOC 3, Aug 9 1942. Have a plastic scale model of the aircraft and am looking for the proper colors to paint it. The model will be given to my dad when finished. Any information would be helpfull.

Craig Lindberg, e-mail, 17.02.2011 04:09

My father H.O. Lindberg was an Aviation Machinist Mate 3rd Class aboard USS Cleveland CL-55 light cruiser 1941-45 in South Pacific (13 battle stars) He maintained SOC-1s and flew as gunner/aerial recon and have a few photos aloft, during retrieval, and on the catapults. Rugged airframe to hold up under these operations.

Don Pierce, e-mail, 23.01.2011 01:00

My father flew and commanded a squadron of SOCs off the USS Honolulu CL48 (Light Cruiser) in Alaska and the Solomon Islands during WWII. I am looking for photos, documentation, models, plans, etc. as well as location of any of these aircraft. Thanks.

Warren Bates, e-mail, 01.12.2010 04:25

My brother, Karl, was in navy 1932-1936. Flew off of USS indianoplis as gunner & observer. I have a few pictures of their plane on deck of "India"

Geoff Woad, e-mail, 15.08.2010 17:23

July 2010 - saw one of these planes in Garden Bay on the Sunshine coast in British Columbia. Painted rescue yellow, with what looked like a newish engine, and ready to fly.

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