MISSION REPORT - RESCUES - 08

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02 AUGUST 1945
Lieutenant Frank P. "Bud" Hayes, pilot of "Playmate Six One", departed Morotai at 0455 in search of a missing B-24 crew that was reported down in the vicinity of 0030'N, 12600'E. Lieutenant Hayes arrived at the search area at 0725. After searching for approximately two hours without success, Lieutenant Hayes contacted "Playmate Six Two" and they started for home base together. At 1301 they were contacted by "Varmint" who had located several rafts at 170 true bearing from Cape Flesko. At 1515 Lt Hayes located the rafts 20 miles ESE of the location given. The rafts' actual position was 0004'S, 12441'E. A single one man raft and five one man rafts tied together. Lieutenant Hayes landed his rescue ship at 1540 in heavy swells and effected the rescue of one man from his raft. He then taxied 2 miles NNE, through heavy seas to the group of five one man rafts and picked up seven men. At 1630 he taxied North to find smoother water for take-off. At 1800 Lieutenant Hayes made four unsuccessful take-off attempts. His rescue ship was overloaded with water from taxiing, and the sea was just too rough. His crew was frantically bailing water, but large waves crashing over the ship made the effort futile. At 1850 he made one final attempt and finally the Catalina became airborne, the navigator's window broken by waves during the run. The radar, radios, and instruments were damaged by water and were of no use on the return to base. Lieutenant Hayes landed at Morotai at 2145.

RESCUED B-24 CREW: 307th Bomb Group, 372nd Bomb Squadron - (P) 1Lt Eugene W. Traendly 0-130716, (CP) 2Lt Erwin I. Eckstein, 0-2027706, (B) 2Lt Frederick F. Taucher, 0-787360, (E) S/Sgt Harry J. Dugan, 33730231, (Asst. E) S/Sgt Dempsey D. Bankus, 37730231, (Photo) S/Sgt Chester M. Stanhope, 6936821, (Nose gunner) S/Sgt Warren D. Zimmerman, 33707929, (Tail gunner) S/Sgt Joe Daly, 39580975

AIRCRAFT: OA-10A*
USAAF SERNO: 44-34043  (CV-554)** 
CALLSIGN:
 
"Playmate 61"    
CREW: (Pilot) 2nd Lt. Frank P. Hayes, (Co-Pilot) 2nd Lt. Richard E. Costine, (Navigator) 2nd Lt. Gregersen, (Engineer) Sgt Hubbard, (Radio Operator) Sgt Miller, (Radar Operator) Sgt Hagen, (Surgical Technician) Sgt Meek


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The narrative of these rescues was compiled and published in April 1946 from logbooks of pilots, notes, letters, and other
information by secretary Marina G. de Guzman in Pampanga, Philippines.

  * Aircraft produced at Canadian Vickers Ldt, Cartierville, Quebec, Canada
** Canadian Vickers contract number that was unique to each aircraft produced by at the Cartierville, Quebec plan
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