Support: stretched canvas
Copyright Date: 2001
1st Lt. Lynn W. Daker, 500th Bomb Squadron
is forced to make a water landing off Cadiz, Negros Island,
PT 21 January 1945 when the B-25 J-22 he was flying lost an
engine and had insufficient power to remain airborne. Lt.
Daker is seen in the water pulling injured creman Geo J. Wachtel
toward an inflated life raft. Five of the six crewmembers
survived the ditching, dorsal turret gunner S/Sgt. Desire
W. Chatigny, Jr. went down with the aircraft. Lt. Herman Reheis
orbits the scene in “Seabiscuit”, waiting for
a PBY to arrive and pick up survivors. Lt. Daker received
the soldier’s medal for saving Wachtel.