Seven Were Saved
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Richard Denning (Captain Allen Danton)
Catherine Craig (Susan Briscoe)
Russell Hayden (Captain Jim Willis)
Ann Doran (Mrs. Rollin Hartley)
The crew of a C-47 takes off with six passengers including a Japanese prisonner en route to his trial for war crime. But the plane crashes into the open sea.
Built in Canada, a dedicated SAR (Search And Rescue) variant based on the PBY-5A.
Several aircraft seen including s/n 44-34055.
Take off using RATO (Rocket Assisted Take Off).
Worn MICKY on the nose.
Several airframes seen at some distance.
The only one with its serial visible : Douglas C-47B-15-DK s/n 43-49330 (c/n 26591), later converted to AC-47D. Destroyed in ground attack at Binh Thuy AB on 16 March 1968.
Between a C-47 at left and the tail of a B-17 at right.
Douglas C-54 Skymaster behind a Douglas C-47, itself in the background of a small twin-engined (Beechcraft Model 18 or Lockheed Model 10 Electra ... or another type ?). A small shape is next the C-47 (under the wing of the C-54); perhaps a North American T-6 Texan.
Another one with the image flipped. This Boeing B-17G-95-DL (built by Douglas at Long Beach), s/n 44-83724 (c/n 32365) was converted to SB-17, damaged landing gear & engine while landing on Greenland icecap during rescue attempt for the crew of Douglas C-47 s/n 42-23794 on December 1948. The both aircrews were eventually rescued by a ski-equipped C-47.
Same aircraft with RESCUE painted on both wings.
Boat Away !