Charlestown, R. I. – August 12, 1944

Charlestown, Rhode Island – August 12, 1944   

F6F Hellcat
U. S. Navy Photo

     On the night of August 12, 1944, Ensign Robert Sherman Kirk, Jr., (23), of Baltimore, Maryland, was piloting an F6F-3N Hellcat, (Bu. No. 41803), off the shore of southern Rhode Island on a training flight when he crashed into the water.  The cause is unknown.  His body was recovered four hours later.

     Ensign Kirk was assigned to VF(N) – 105.  (Night Fighter Squadron 105)    


     Evening Star, (Wash. D.C.), “Baltimore Flyer Killed”, August 12, 1944, pg. A-2. 

     Aircraft information supplied by Larry Webster, aviation historian. 

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