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Ditched October 21, 1944
Built by Republic. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South-West Pacific and reassembled.
One pilot with more gas than the others climbed to 13,000 feet contacted their base to get their position as a true bearing 105 miles west of Middleburg he went down through the clouds and also ditched. The seven pilots were scattered over a wide area around Wai.
He landed and rescued Captain O. S. Benner and 1 Lt K. J. Grapeau. After taking off, two escorting P-47 pilots sighted another man down in the sea in his life vest. Lt Barnes flew to that area and and picked up Lt R. W. Powell who was in good shape but very nervous and anxious. His hands were lacerated from the 15 hour immersion in the salt water. The fighters located another pilot in a life raft about ten miles away and directed Lt Barnes to him. Lt Barnes landed for the third time and rescued 1st Lt G. E. Taylor who was in a moderately severe state of shock, brought on by his being forced to remain in the water alone throughout the night. The fact that he could not swim added to his apprehensiveness. He was given a half grain of morphine and readily fell into a deep sleep. Lt Barnes took off and on his way back flew over the island where he had picked up the first two survivors and sighted another pilot waving frantically. However Lt Barnes was unable to land due to insufficient fuel. He called his fighter cover to continue circling the survivor while he contacted Daylight who proceeded to the area and rescued the fifth survivor. Aboard "Daylight 13", the survivors were given food, medical care, and made comfortable. Lt Taylor was taken to the hospital for rest and recuperation and the others were returned to their squadron. The two remaining P-47 pilots were rescued the following day.
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