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2nd Lt. John J. Durkin pilot of P-38H "Hold Everything" 42-66826 rescued by PBY Catalina
Original caption: "Second Lieut. John J. Durkin, Westfield, N.J., receives a rousing welcome from crew members of the rescuing Catalina flying boat who admire the string of beads he wears donated by native girls on Dec. 21, 1943.
Left to right:
1st Lt. Malcolm Spontnbergh, Fulton, N.Y., co-pilot;
1st Lt. Leslie Lange, New Holstein, Wis., pilot;
2nd Lt. Durkin;
1st Lt. Richard Osborne, Fairbanks, Alaska navigator.
This Catalina crew has rescued eight pilots. For the second time in two months, the name of Lt. Durkin has been crossed off the “missing list”. The pilot’s December feat was to appear at the 5th U.S. Air Force headquarters in New Guinea after passing through swampland of the South Dutch New Guinea coast near Japanese-held territory. In November. He was rescued from the ocean after a crash landing. Photograph released: December 21, 1943
Credit: Thomas Shafer Acme Photo / AP 4312211107 Date: circa December 1943

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