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
|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|
|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:|
|Lt||J. J. Robinson, Jr.||3|
|Lt||H. T. Fulton||4|
|Lt Cmdr.||J. E. Plummer||5|
|Lt||G. M. Murray||7|
|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.|