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William "Bill" Rose

William "Bill" Rose

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William "Bill" Rose joined Butch O'Hare's fighter squadron in San Diego in the spring of '43 and deployed to Maui, Hawaii in July with the squadron for further training.. In August '43 the squadron was embarked on the USS Enterprise (CV-6) for a short at sea refresher training period. The concluding part of that period involved the Air Group - His participation in a mock attack from sea against the military installations on the island of Oahu to test the detection and defenses of the Island. .

Bill Rose was flying wing on Butch O'Hare for this flight. After penetrating the island defenses, Simulated attacks were made by both the Navy attackers from sea and by the Army Air Corps defenders. Unfortunately during the simulated conflict, an Army P-39 or P-59 came in contact with Bill Rose's Hellcat and both fighter planes crashed into Pearl Harbor off the end of the Air Strip on Ford Island. Thus William "Bill" Rose, our Fighter Pilot brother, became the first war-time loss from the squadron, after deployed from San Diego.

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