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Clan_Graham
10-11-2004, 03:30 PM
If that dude on the plane is going up to help the pilot...that's one extreamly BRAVE man!

Heck, he's even standing on the fuel tank !!!

http://www.labstar.de/Graphics/F6F/Gallery/F6F_gallery22.htm

Mon Pavion
10-11-2004, 03:35 PM
WOW! S! to that guy

wuggle85
10-11-2004, 03:42 PM
thats 1 brave man

firehttp://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gifstarter

TC_Stele
10-11-2004, 04:32 PM
Speaking of fire starter, how about this?

http://www.labstar.de/Graphics/F6F/Gallery/F6F_gallery04.htm

Copperhead310th
10-11-2004, 05:10 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Clan_Graham:
If that dude on the plane is going up to help the pilot...that's one extreamly BRAVE man!

Heck, he's even standing on the fuel tank !!!

http://www.labstar.de/Graphics/F6F/Gallery/F6F_gallery22.htm <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yep that's exactly what he's doing.
Pretty sure that's a medal worthy effort.

mllaneza
10-11-2004, 08:34 PM
Unless that plane has come to a complete stop, it's gonna be a posthumous medal.

Well deserved either way.

TwoGuns_4thFG
10-11-2004, 11:10 PM
"Catapult officer LT Walter L. Chewning, USNR, clambers onto the displaced belly tank of a VF-2 Hellcat to extricate its dazed pilot, ENS Byron 'By' M Johnson, from the flames. Both men survived this harrowing ordeal, played out aboard Enterprise during a recovery cycle on 10 November 1943 off the Gilberts, totally unscathed. Johnson later went on to score eight kills with VF-2 during the invasion of Iwo Jima in 1944."
-photo caption from "The Blue Devils: US Navy & Marine Corps Aces of World War II", Osprey Publishing, 2003.

Texas LongHorn
10-11-2004, 11:14 PM
Hey guys, IIRC both of those images are shown in VIDEO form on the "Victory at Sea" DVD set. The second one for sure is, you see the pilot run across the wing past the flames and leap down onto the deck. In that first shot with the guy standing on the tank both men made it out OK too, but probably had some relatively minor burns. Pretty cool images, that's for sure. All the best, LongHorn

VFA-195 Snacky
10-11-2004, 11:34 PM
Adrenaline is a powerfull thing. A lot of folks make fun of the Navy and say we have it easy, but while we don't carry rifles in a trench or storm a beach we fight a different type of war aboard ship.
I'm sure that Sailor could care less about some medal at that point. He wanted to help his shipmate with no regard to his own life and that's what makes me proudest to be a Sailor.

Snyde-Dastardly
10-12-2004, 05:41 AM
Not to mention the right side of the landing gear is off the deck and it appears the flameing tank is the only thing keeping the whole shbang from going over the side! The man has bells that clank!

gascan75
10-12-2004, 08:06 AM
Oi... just noticed your skin there, Snyde. Where would a guy scoop up some nice paint like that?

That man has bells that clank... great saying! First time I've laughed out loud at a thread in here in months.

I'm sure nothing more need be said about that sailor's bravery in the photo. Courage is a hungry beast when given a chance to come out of its cage.

Gas

wuggle85
10-12-2004, 08:33 AM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by TC_Stele:
Speaking of fire starter, how about this?

hmmmmm i really should have that as my sig lol

firehttp://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gifstarter

actionhank1786
10-12-2004, 09:16 AM
It's amazing how war can bring out the best and worst of men.
Amazing pictures.
And one hell of a brave man.