World Battlefronts: AT SEA: They Shot an Albatross

Squalls forced the spluttering Navy bomber down onto the dark seas. When it sank, the three men scrambled into a rubber life raft, 8 ft. by 4 ft. They had only their clothes, a .45 automatic pistol, a pocketknife, pliers and a length of ½-inch Manila line.

Thirty-four days later, they had sailed and been blown 1,000 miles by one of the worst South Sea hurricanes in history. The man who pulled them through could shake hands with Captain Bligh.* Hawknosed Bomber Pilot Harold Dixon was a man that Bligh would fancy. Dixon was a hard guy from Oklahoma,...

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