Come visit us at The Museum of Military Memorabilia. We have thousands of military artifacts from all branches of the Military. The Museum is located in the Naples Municipal Airport which was originally built by the Army Corps of Engineers to train pilots for the pacific theater in WWII.

What has begun as a Museum Honoring Military Aviation in WWII has evolved into so much more. You can now see historical artifacts dating back to the Revolutionary War and all the way up to the present day Iraq & Afghanistan conflicts.

2012 marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Naples Airport as a WWII Army Air Forces Training Base.

WW 2 Air Sea Rescue

WW 2 Air Sea Rescue

B-29 Dropping it’s payload over Japan 1945


WW 2 Air Sea Rescue

Submarine moving into position to rescue the crew of the B-29 Bomber City of Galveston that crashed after receiving heavy enemy fire after a bombing run over Japan



WW 2 Air Sea Rescue, On June 26th 1945, following a raid over Nagoya, Japan.  The B-29 “City of Galveston” was in distress after being severely hit by enemy fire. The 12 crew members had to parachute over the pacific ocean as the plane lost altitude and crashed exploding into the water.

Thanks to 2 wingmen, a submarine had  been located in the vicinity. The “Pintado” rescued the entire crew with no injuries or casualties.
Recently a video copy of the WW 2 Air Sea Rescue was made available to me, Don Gerth ,Pilot.
An Officer on board the submarine had discovered in his footlocker, a movie made during their ships R&R followed by the rescue.

I have narrated this video. The 1st part shows the Sub crew on Majuro Island and the latter shows parachutes and the B-29 descending to the ocean and exploding. The rescuing of the 12 being pulled from the water follows. Two days later our crew was transferred to the submarine “Tigrone” which was headed back to our home base on the island of Guam.
The last Person to climb down to the transfer dingy is “yours truly” Don.
” Enjoy this little bit of history of one who is honored to have served our great Country.”………..  Don Gerth



WW 2 Air Sea Rescue

Photo of the Galveston Crew and the Submarine crew that saved them

In the above photo USS Pintado (B-29 # 44-61756) is the replacement aircraft for crew 13.  The crew above however, is that of the original “City of Galveston” (and members of the submarine crew that rescued them). Reportedly, when the replacement crew was formed, some of the original crew members never flew again.
Photo of Courtesy Richard E. Vanden Heuvel, TG, P-13 Nagoya mission


Front Row (Air Crew):
1st Lt Donald A. Gerth Pilot
2nd Lt Waring L. Lynch Radar Observer
S/Sgt Lowell A. Ellison Right Gunner
Capt. William F. Barthel Navigator
Major John Miranda* Airplane Commander
Sgt Gerald Carroll Left Gunner
1st Lt Oscar B. Price Bombardier
S/Sgt Daniel T. Robinson CFC Gunner
S/Sgt George L. Mantak Flight Engineer
S/Sgt Wilbur G. Pickens Radio Operator
Not pictured:
1st Lt Joseph E. Smith** Flight Engineer
S/Sgt Patsy H. Durante** Left Gunner
S/Sgt Richard E. Vanden Heuvel*** Tail Gunner
S/Sgt Russell R. Nelson** Tail Gunner
Standing L to R: Submarine Officers:
Ensign H. Hassenplug 2
Lt (jg) Bonjour 2
Lt J. J. Robinson, Jr. 3
Lt H. T. Fulton 4
Lt Cmdr. J. E. Plummer 5
Cmdr. Raymond Budd 6
Lt G. M. Murray 7
Esign J. Lennon 8
Lt G.E. Mitchel 9
Lt R. F. Walker 10


* Capt. John Miranda succeeded Capt. Alan M. Miller (Crew 1) as Flight Commander, when Capt Miller and 6 of his crew members were killed in an aircraft accident 28 November 1944.
** indicated airmen and position at the time of stateside departure 39th BG Roster
*** Replaced regular Tail Gunner on Nagoya Mission.

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