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|Pilot 1st Lt. Albert H.
Gunner Cpl Eugene S. Stranz (survived)
Ditched January 9, 1945
Ditched 600' west of Guimaras Island in the Guimaras Strait. Franz suffered minor wounds during the ditching and both crew got into their life raft as the A-20 sank 30 seconds after ditching. After the ditching, Filipinos lined the shore and assisted the crew to safety and Franz wounds were treated by a doctor in Libis village.
Filipinos suggested they sail to Panay in case their crash had been observed by the Japanese. When they departed, they encountered a storm, and sheltered on eastern Guimaras Island for two day until the weather passed.
Arriving on Panay, they were fired on by Japanese forces but safely arrived guerilla headquarters at Buyo on January 13 to a guerilla headquarters. Departing on January 20, the crew were taken by truck to Rototan, foot for Passi and railroad to Sante Angel (aboard a railroad handcar). Arriving at Dumarao Airfield on the 22, were picked up by C-47 and returned to Leyte.
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