World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC: Catalina to the Rescue

The life raft bumping the waves of the Windward Passage near Haiti looked no bigger than a cork when the Catalina patrol plane first sighted it; but when Ensign Francis E. Pinter eased his ship down to 200 ft., he could make out 17 people crowded upon it. To attempt a landing in such a choppy sea was a risky business for a plane that was toting a pair of depth charges, beaching gear, and a crew of eight, but Ensign Pinter figured that the plane had burned 300 gallons of gas since...

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