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|Pilot Mach. Harry L. Corl, O-146618 (MIA / KIA) MI
Radio RM3c Delmar D. Wiley (survived)
Gunner AOM2 Thomas R. Townsend, 2387067 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crashed August 24, 1942
In an attempt to move closer to the Allied lines, the group attempted to buy a canoe from locals, but it failed to be seaworthy with only four loaded aboard. Later, they hired another native and his canoe to sailed down the coast for four days and met another group of natives, who had been sent by a pair of coastwatchers to find them. Escorted over a jungle trail to the coastwatcher's mountain observation post, where they met the coastwatchers and arranged their rescue by radio.
The rescue group included a PBY Catalina piloted by Robert B. Hays from VP-44, escorted by two PB4Y-1 Liberators from VB-101. The group in an outrigger was spotted by Hays, and he landed to rescue them, then planned the rescue of the remaining men.
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