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|Pilot Francis A. Thompson, O-765354 (rescued)
Crew Kenneth I. Smith (rescued)
Crew Jospeh Bechtel (rescued)
Crew Ted A. Razook (rescued)
Radio Cpl William B. Pearl, 16160851 (MIA / KIA) MI
Passenger 1st Lt. Harold E. Wahvel (rescued)
Passenger 1st Lt. Leon A. Glasser (rescued)
Ditched November 10, 1944
The Catalina spotted the crew's life raft approximately a half mile southeast of Muschu Island. While conducting the rescue, the Beauforts (A9-507, A9-356, A9-595, A9-599, A9-471, A9-364, A9-412, A9-461) dropped bombs onto anti-aircraft positions on Cape Wom, Wewak Point and Cape Moem as part of a distraction around 4:30pm while the rescue was conducted.
Around 4:30pm, Catalina A24-92 made several circuits over the raft and landed on the sea roughly 200m from shore near Cape Wom to rescued the crew, two of which were wounded. Against orders, the crew shut down both engines to take the six aboard. The rescue was photographed using Philip Lindsay's camera, a gift from his wife. Before departing, one of the Americans sunk their life raft with his pistol. Safely aboard, the Catalina successfully restarted their engines and took off successfully. As darkness set in, this aircraft landed at Madang Airfield around 8:30pm. Afterwards, the rescued crew were taken to a hospital at Madang overnight. The next morning they were flown back to Nadzab.
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