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1Lt Charleton 'Hugh' Cuppernell, the co-pilot of this B-24D Liberator 'Superman' peering through a hole in the aircraft from a 20mm shell over Nauru, Apr 20 1943. The photo was taken at Funafuti, Gilbert Islands; photo 1 of 3 [Colorized by WW2DB]

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Caption     1Lt Charleton 'Hugh' Cuppernell, the co-pilot of this B-24D Liberator 'Superman' peering through a hole in the aircraft from a 20mm shell over Nauru, Apr 20 1943. The photo was taken at Funafuti, Gilbert Islands; photo 1 of 3 [Colorized by WW2DB] ww2dbase
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Photographer    Unknown
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives via D. Sheley
Identification Code   342-FH-3A42815-23764AC
More on...   
B-24 Liberator   Main article  Photos  Maps  
Louis Zamperini   Main article  Photos  
Photos on Same Day 20 Apr 1943
Photos at Same Place Funafuti, Gilbert and Ellice Islands
Added By David Stubblebine
Colorized Date 24 Feb 2023

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
14 Jan 2013 10:03:37 PM

Note the emergency splice in the rudder control cables; that was done by Zamperini in-flight returning to Funafuti. The plane had almost 600 holes and all enlisted gunners were wounded, one succumbing to his wounds later that night. Before the war, Louis Zamperini competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games and shook Hitler’s hand. After this photo was taken, Zamperini survived being adrift at sea and was rescued only when he was captured by the Japanese. He survived the war and is the subject of the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

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WW2-Era Place Name Funafuti, Gilbert and Ellice Islands
Lat/Long 8.5250, 179.1964
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