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Aboard the seaplane tender USS Tangier in San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippines 10 Jan 1945 are five downed United States Navy airmen rescued the day before by a PBY Catalina near Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippines.

Caption     Aboard the seaplane tender USS Tangier in San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippines 10 Jan 1945 are five downed United States Navy airmen rescued the day before by a PBY Catalina near Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippines. ww2dbase
Photographer    Unknown
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy
Identification Code   80-G-305865
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Philippines Campaign, Phase 2   Main article  Photos  Maps  
Photos on Same Day 10 Jan 1945
Photos at Same Place San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippines
Added By David Stubblebine

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
24 Sep 2019 10:38:35 PM

Five stories with happy endings in the midst of many more stories with tragic endings. Pictured clockwise from lower left are:
- Ens Maurice L Naylon Jr, a fighter pilot with VF-31 flying from USS Cabot, shot down 21 Sep 1944 over Clark Field, Luzon.
- Ens John R “Dugie” Doyle, a dive bomber pilot with VB-80 flying from USS Ticonderoga, shot down and ditched 25 Nov 1944 near Dasol Bay, Luzon during the attack that finally sank the Japanese cruiser Kumano.
- Ens Nichol J Roccaforte, a torpedo bomber pilot with VT-18 flying from USS Intrepid, shot down 29 Oct 1944 over Clark Field.
- ARM2c Cliford P Schelitzche, a radioman in a torpedo bomber with VT-14 flying from USS Wasp (Essex-class) shot down by ground fire and bailed out during a raid to Clark Field, Luzon, 19 Oct 1944. The fate of ARM2c Schelitzche’s pilot and gunner is uncertain.
- ARM3c William King who was Ens Doyle’s radioman flying from Ticonderoga.
All five downed airmen found their way into the hands of friendly Filipino guerillas where they remained until 9 Jan 1945 when they were able to signal a passing PBY “Black Cat” Catalina rescue plane with VPB-54 [piloted by Lt(jg) Howard Miner] flying near Subic Bay, Luzon. Lt(jg) Miner landed in the water and the guerillas rowed the five airmen out to the plane in a small boat. The PBY then flew the airmen to the PBY’s base, the USS Tangier in San Pedro Bay, where (as we can see) they thoroughly enjoyed cups of Navy coffee.

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