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Lost In the Pacific, 1942
Transcript of Lost In the Pacific, 1942
-Col. Eddie Rickenbacker: WWI flying ace
and racecar driver, he is sent on the plane with
-Col. Hans Adamson: Rickenbackers escort
-Cpt. Bill Cherry: The pilot
-Lt. Jim Whittaker: The copilot
-Lt. John DeAngelis: The navigator
-Sgt. James Reynolds: The radioman
-Sgt. Alex Kaczmarczyk (referred to as Sgt.Alex):
-Pvt. Johnny Bartek: Another engineer
-Sgt. Alex is the worst off, pale and
-He declines sharply, soon dying. He is given a
sea burial by his crewmates
-Sgt. Alex's death is a major hit to the morale. The
crew slowly begins to despair.
-After what seems like ages at sea, the crew spots an
American OS2U Kingfisher seaplane. They frantically
try to signal it, but fail.
Plot, cont., cont.
-Whittaker, Reynolds and DeAngelis find a small, uninhabited island. They set up a small camp to spend the night.
-Rickenbacker, Adamson, and Bartek are found by a
seaplane, who helps take them back to the Funafuti
-Whittaker, Reynolds DeAngelis are recued by
natives of Nukufetau Island, a kiwi (New
Zealand) radio base.
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-The B-17 bomber they were flying in overshoots their refueling
station, and they begin running out of fuel.
-Every member of the crew is searching the sea frantically, looking for an island to land on.
-The plane goes down
-The crew brings with them 3 rafts (2 full-size, 1 2-man), some fishing
gear and line, a flare gun, a pistol, 2 oranges, and a bible.
-The crew floats for days, slowly eating the oranges and occasionally
attempting to fish or signal somebody with the flare gun
-After a week at sea, Rickenbacker catches a bird that landed
on his hat. They eat it and use its guts for bait, catching several
fish to eat.
-After the fish run out, they slowly decline in condition.
They all have lost weight and are riddled with
sunburns and salt blisters.
-Capt. Cherry demands to leave on his own,
despite Rickenbacker's orders not to. Unlike
prior attempts, he is successful in
-The crew is reunited on