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"Wounded in U.S. - Jap New Guinea Air Battle" September 15, 1942
Capt. Frank B. Bender of the U.S. Army Air Forces is shown as he is about to be lifted into a plane, somewhere in New Guinea, for transport to the mainland for treatment of a leg injury he sufferer when the bomber he was flying [B-25C "Aurora" 41-12792] over Buna caught fire after being attacked by Jap planes. Bender tried to escape through the pilot's emergency hatch by it was jammed. Before he could free himself the plane exploded and he was blown through the hatch. Bender didn't lose consciousness and parachuted to safety. Comrades carried Bender sixteen days to an American base. Do you have a copy of this original article? Contact Us
Credit: Central Press via Edward Rogers Date: September 15, 1942
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