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US Navy Lieutenant William Thies (pilot, VP-41) and Captain Leslie Gehres (Commander, Fleet Air Wing 4) standing in front of Thies' PBY Catalina aircraft, Aleutian Islands, US Territory of Alaska, 1942

Caption     US Navy Lieutenant William Thies (pilot, VP-41) and Captain Leslie Gehres (Commander, Fleet Air Wing 4) standing in front of Thies' PBY Catalina aircraft, Aleutian Islands, US Territory of Alaska, 1942 ww2dbase
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Photos at Same Place Alaska
Added By C. Peter Chen

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Steven C. Scott says:
27 Aug 2014 12:59:23 PM

I have never had the displeasure of meeting this slug and yet I hate his Guts and all like him.USN 1974-1980.God bless our Sailors!!.The best on planet Earth.
2. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
10 Nov 2016 06:22:51 PM

Part of the reason this photo was taken was that Lt Thies piloted the plane that discovered the crash site of Tadayoshi Koga’s A6M Zero fighter on Akutan Island on 10 Jul 1942. The discovery, recovery, and analysis of the Akutan Zero was considered (by some) to be one of the biggest intelligence victories of the Pacific Theater.

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