AVIATION: Rescue at Sea

One of 16 B-29s on the way from California to Great Britain was having trouble with its radio compass. The pilot asked for a radio bearing, got it. It was three hours later when Kindley Air Force Base in Bermuda heard from it again. This time the message was terse, urgent: the B-29 was running out of gas and preparing to ditch. A few minutes later the Coast Guard cutter Bibb heard a faint SOS. After that, there was nothing.

Aboard the big bomber, Lieut. Colonel John Grable Jr. remembered later, he had...

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