WWII: Rescue at Rabaul ‘PBY Blister Gunner

This young crewman of a US Navy “Dumbo” PBY rescue mission has just jumped into the water of Rabaul Harbor to rescue a badly burned Marine pilot who was shot down while bombing the Japanese-held fortress of Rabaul. Since Japanese coastal defense guns were firing at the plane while it was in the water during take-off, this brave young man, after rescuing the pilot, has manned his position as machine gunner without taking time to put on his clothes.

Signature: Signed in pencil, verso Also stamped by the Horace Bristol Trust in black ink, verso Additionally titled, dated, and numbered (2/3) in pencil, verso

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