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    [*******#333333][FONT=Helvetica]It takes place in the early days of World War II, in the South Pacific, and if you’re a World War II history buff, you may already know about it.[/FONT][/COLOR]
    http://petapixel.com/2013/10/29/honored-photograph/

    2 Medals Of Honor in one flight - Had not heard of this before.

    - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Zeamer
    -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Sarnoski

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    Amazing story. Thanks for sharing it.

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    Where's the movie about these guys? What a helluva story!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seek View Post
    Where's the movie about these guys? What a helluva story!
    I'll say. A real dirty half-dozen with a 3 day before retirement trope thrown in. I'll pay money to watch this one. I can just imagine the plane pimped out like that Albatross in the Expendables.

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    Interesting read, thanks.

    If I recall correctly, 'Pappy' Boyingtons Black Sheep were also deployed in that region. Sounds like all the US misfits gathered there

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    I LOL'd hard at first 2/3s of the article. Good read.

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    I'm even surprised their plane managed to get enough lift to take off, considering the weight of the crew's balls...

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    This is gold. Thank you for sharing.

    I looked up Buka island on Google maps, you can still see the airs.t.rip, the exact frame of reference shown in the Eager Beaver's photo... It's since become the island's modern airport. I also learned while reading travel guides to the area that the wreckage of Admiral Yamamoto's plane is nearby, you can hike up to it in the jungle.
    Wow.

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    that was a fantastic read, thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khalifah View Post
    that was a fantastic read, thanks for sharing.
    x2, great post. There could easily have been more than two MoHs awarded for that.

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    would've loved to see what the B-17 looked like!

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    Good read!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgt_G View Post
    would've loved to see what the B-17 looked like!
    Here's a very poor photo but the website may have a hi-res available.

    http://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/b-17/41-2666.html

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    @Gus - thank you for the additional info. The A/C was repaired and flew more missions and was then "retired". Amazing!

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    Thanks for posting that video. hearing it from the actual pilots, really brings another dimension to it.

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