MISSION REPORT - RESCUES - 01

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02 NOVEMBER 1944
First Lieutenant Eric A. Lakes, pilot of "Daylight Two Three", departed Morotai at 0610 to search for a pilot reported down about two miles West of the Southern tip of Kaboeroeang Island. Lieutenant Lakes proceeded to the area and sighted a survivor in a life raft with sea markers at 0348'N, 12655'E. Lieutenant Lakes landed his rescue plane, took the survivor, Lieutenant Alford, 82nd Recon Squadron, aboard and returned him to his base. Lieutenant Alford was in good condition having gone down on the preceding evening as a result of engine trouble.

0610:

Takeoff

0740:

Contacted Bubble Special, who sighted Snafu pilot about 5 minutes later, Altitude 500 feet, visibility good. Landed and effected rescue. Snafu pilot was in life raft, with sea marker visible. Position 0348'N, 12655'E about two miles West of South tip of Kaboeroeang Island.

0925::

Landed at home base

RESCUED CREWMEMBER: 82nd Recon Squadron - Lieutenant Alford

AIRCRAFT TYPE: OA-10A*
USAAF SERNO: 44-33880  (CV-332)** 
CALLSIGN:
 
"Daylight 23" 
CREW:
(Pilot) 1st Lt. Eric A. Lakes


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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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