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Escort Carrier USS Attu and Fleet Carrier USS Shangri-La (left) exchanging personnel and equipment by high wire while at sea, 3 Sep 1945. Note F4U Corsairs and SB2C Helldiver aircraft on Attu’s deck.

Caption   Escort Carrier USS Attu and Fleet Carrier USS Shangri-La (left) exchanging personnel and equipment by high wire while at sea, 3 Sep 1945. Note F4U Corsairs and SB2C Helldiver aircraft on Attu’s deck. ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives via D. Sheley
Identification Code   1996.488.035.002
More on...   
F4U Corsair   Main article  Photos  
SB2C Helldiver   Main article  Photos  
Photos on Same Day 3 Sep 1945
Photos at Same Place Pacific Ocean
Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 16 Jan 2013

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1. Kemt Stephens Phm/2C says:
28 Feb 2015 05:20:49 PM

I returned to US on that Ship after being picked up At Balikpapan, Borneo in Feb, 1946 at Advance Base Hospital 1156, if you were there , send me an email
2. Lee W. says:
31 May 2016 04:14:29 PM

Actually, I believe they are in the process of a personnel transfer rather than refueling.
3. Dan H says:
3 Apr 2020 02:44:03 PM

Lee is correct. VF-85 and VBF-85 transferred over on this date. And men from 'Carrier Air Group Two' came aboard. This is from the Shang's war diary dated Sept 3 1945
4. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
3 Apr 2020 07:48:13 PM

Dan H (above) and Lee (above above):
You are both correct. The Attu War Diary gives an even more detailed account. No fuel was transferred, only people and stuff. Only six-and-a-half hours was needed to transfer all men and all equipment both ways using two provision whips (high wires) when it had been estimated the transfer would take three days by more conventional methods. I was very interested to learn about this and the caption has been corrected. Thanks to you both for bringing this to our attention.
5. Anonymous says:
14 Apr 2020 02:08:58 PM

Thanks David. My Uncle (VBF85 pilot) is most likely on the fantail. He was the last POW taken in the war. His fellow pilots 'liberated' him from Ofuna. You can see him in the MovieTone film leaving the camp.

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