Admiral Chester Nimitz once said of the Marines who fought at Iwo Jima, “Uncommon valor was a common virtue.”
This story reflects that statement… June 16th 1943
In the Pacific Theater, distance was as much of an “enemy” as the Japanese, Malaria, Dysentery, and Dengue fever. Realizing troops in a planned invasion of Bougainville and nearby Buka Island sorely needed photographs for accurate mapping of the area, pilot Jay Zeamer & his “renegade” aircrew volunteered to go when no one else would. They rescued an old Boeing B-17E which was being used for spare parts, adding seven more .50 caliber machine guns to survive this deadly mission. The first video, courtesy of modeler, Dirk Pitt on YouTube.