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The www.Fold3.com website continues to be a great resource for locating WWII information. My most recent find was a war diary report from the U.S.S Biloxi regarding the rescue of Lt. John K. Beling on July 27, 1944 after his Helldiver from the USS Yorktown was shot down by anti-aircraft fire over Yap. The report provides a heart pounding account of a small Kingfisher rescue plane that was catapulted from the U.S.S. Biloxi to rescue Lt. Beling as he floating in his raft inside the SW reef of Yap. As fighters circled overhead and strafed Japanese gun emplacements on shore the little Kingfisher float plane taxied to meet Lt. Beling on the reef while trying not to capsize. Lt. Beling was successfully rescued but his backseater, Arm2C. Curtis L. Wright Jr., remains missing in action. We have not yet located this wreckage. Lt. Beling went on become the Captain of the USS Forrestal during the Vietnam war. He was the captain of the Forrestal in 1967 when rockets and bombs went off on the flight deck that resulting in 132 Forrestal crewmen dead and 62 more injured. One of the injured airmen was Lt. Cmdr. John S. McCain (now Senator McCain). More information about this loss can be viewed at:
http://www.missingaircrew.com/yap/mac/26july1944.asp

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