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Herbert Hopp of Seattle WA was a turret gunner on a Grumman Avenger TBF torpedo bomber shot down in the late stages of the Battle of Guadalcanal, 4 February, 1943 while successfully attacking a Japanese destroyer. He survived and lived until 1965.

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Unsung Naval Aviator

Guadalcanal

My Uncle Herbert Hopp was the turret gunner on a Grumman Avenger TBF torpedo bomber that attacked a Japanese flotilla that was attempting to evacuate the beleaguered Japanese army on Guadalcanal on 4 February 1943. His plane was shot down and crash landed on New Georgia Island. The Pilot was killed instantly but Herb got his radioman out of the plane and went through the jungle for help from the natives. Quite a story. Wish I could find out more.

-Thomas P Hopp

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