The crewmen of US Navy “Dumbo” PBY was on a rescue mission to save a badly burned Marine pilot who had just been shot down while bombing the hell out of the Japanese fortress of Rabaul. Japanese coastal defense guns were firing at their plane trying to take it down but no…..NOT TODAY SON! All of a sudden the gunner drops his clothes and when the plane lands in the water, he bails out, swimming to the wounded Marine pulling him in.

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This picture above is moments after he rescued the Marine pilot.

“…we got a call to pick up an airman who was down in the Bay. The Japanese were shooting at him from the island, and when they saw us they started shooting at us. The man who was shot down was temporarily blinded, so one of our crew stripped off his clothes and jumped in to bring him aboard. He couldn’t have swum very well wearing his boots and clothes. As soon as we could, we took off. We weren’t waiting around for anybody to put on formal clothes. We were being shot at and wanted to get the hell out of there. The naked man got back into his position at his gun in the blister of the plane.”

They take off under enemy fire from the island but the gunner said to hell with clothes I got a job to do. So as you see in the picture he is naked as hell and he don’t care who see’s it.

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