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NARRATOR: September, 1944, south-east of Japan,

USS Finback steams toward the crash

site of an American plane.

10 miles away, a young pilot drifts towards the shores

of a Japanese island from which enemy

ships set out towards him.

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The situation appears hopeless.

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Until two American planes from his squadron appear overhead.

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[shooting]

The Avenger aircraft strafed the Japanese vessels.

[shooting]

And they retreat to the protection of the shore.

But now low on fuel, the American planes

must return to their carrier.

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The Aviator is vulnerable and alone again.

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To the south, USS Finback approaches

the coordinates of the downed airmen,

guided in by its air cover.

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LOOKOUT: Life raft, off the starboard bow.

NARRATOR: At last, a lookout spots a bright yellow object

in the vast Pacific.

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From the life raft after more than three hours of fear

and struggle, the 20-year-old pilot

believes he has started to hallucinate as he sees what

he describes as an apparition.

First a dark spot, then a submarine emerges.

He worries that might be Japanese.

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But he identifies the men on board with relief.

They are American.

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USS Finback's photographic officer rolls his camera.

Five submariners gather at Finback's bow to recover

the bobbing life raft.

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Just before noon, more than three hours after the crash,

they pulled the young pilot aboard.

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He is safe.

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