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  • [music playing]

  • NARRATOR: September, 1944, south-east of Japan,

  • USS Finback steams toward the crash

  • site of an American plane.

  • 10 miles away, a young pilot drifts towards the shores

  • of a Japanese island from which enemy

  • ships set out towards him.

  • [music playing]

  • The situation appears hopeless.

  • [music playing]

  • Until two American planes from his squadron appear overhead.

  • [music playing]

  • [shooting]

  • The Avenger aircraft strafed the Japanese vessels.

  • [shooting]

  • And they retreat to the protection of the shore.

  • But now low on fuel, the American planes

  • must return to their carrier.

  • [music playing]

  • The Aviator is vulnerable and alone again.

  • [music playing]

  • To the south, USS Finback approaches

  • the coordinates of the downed airmen,

  • guided in by its air cover.

  • [music playing]

  • LOOKOUT: Life raft, off the starboard bow.

  • NARRATOR: At last, a lookout spots a bright yellow object

  • in the vast Pacific.

  • [music playing]

  • From the life raft after more than three hours of fear

  • and struggle, the 20-year-old pilot

  • believes he has started to hallucinate as he sees what

  • he describes as an apparition.

  • First a dark spot, then a submarine emerges.

  • He worries that might be Japanese.

  • [music playing]

  • But he identifies the men on board with relief.

  • They are American.

  • [music playing]

  • USS Finback's photographic officer rolls his camera.

  • Five submariners gather at Finback's bow to recover

  • the bobbing life raft.

  • [music playing]

  • Just before noon, more than three hours after the crash,

  • they pulled the young pilot aboard.

  • [music playing]

  • He is safe.

  • [music playing]

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Submarine Rescues Stranded Aviator | WW2 Hell Under the Sea

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/12/27
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