U.S. Army Information film about air sea rescue using B-17 and A-24 aircraft and Army rescue boat
Pacific Ocean Date:1945 Duration:5 min 24 sec Sound:Yes
A film on U.S. Army air-sea rescue operations. A U.S. Army Air Forces B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft in flight over water. Crew at controls of the aircraft. Number 1 engine is feathered. Then, number 4 engine fails and is feathered. View from behind shows the B-17 descending with all four engines feathered. (Some of these scenes probably employed models.) Crew members in the aircraft. A wireless operator sets a key at automatic SOS. Crew preparing for ditching. The aircraft ditching in the water.Crew evacuates from the ditched aircraft in 6-man life rafts. They employ their various survival gear, including Gibson Girl radio with balloon-mounted antenna, signal mirrors, fishing gear, dye marker, and smoke flares. They are spotted by an Army Air-Sea rescue Douglas A-24 aircraft. The aircraft reports their position and a rescue boat is dispatched to their location. They are reached by U.S. Army air sea rescue boat, number P-249 (An 85 foot, wooden, gas- powered boat, built by Eddy Ship Building, Bay City, Michigan). Crewmen are taken aboard and given refreshments.
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