USS Harder rescuing aviator Ensign John Galvin off Woleai, Caroline Islands, 1 Apr 1944; note SOC Seagull seaplane in background

Caption   USS Harder rescuing aviator Ensign John Galvin off Woleai, Caroline Islands, 1 Apr 1944; note SOC Seagull seaplane in background ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation
Identification Code   2007.084.001.171
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Photos on Same Day 1 Apr 1944
Photos at Same Place Woleai, Caroline Islands
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 3 Jun 2014

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
11 Aug 2015 08:05:52 PM

At the time this photo was taken, a rescue party of three volunteers with an inflatable raft was on the reef making their way to the downed airman on the beach beyond. Their rubber raft was tied to the submarine with a long line so that they could be pulled back when ready. As the SOC Seagull seaplane taxied around the bow of the Harder, the airplane cut the line. This required a fourth volunteer to swim ashore with another line and the rescue was effected – all while under small arms fire.

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