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Interview with Alex Tretnoff, October 2005, Yap Island
In addition, Alex provided detailed accounts of two Hellcat crash shoot downs and crash sites including the location of the grave of one of the pilots. Alex said he helped pull the deceased pilot from the crashed Hellcat and other villagers buried him on the hill behind the crash site. We were able to locate both Hellcat crash sites using Alex's directions with the help of a guide from the Manta Ray Hotel. Alex has a propeller from one of the Hellcats in front of his home in Colonia. He said a Navy Seabee showed him how to remove the propeller from the plane after the war. To the best of Alex’s knowledge no Americans ever asked for information about the pilot's grave site or other American crash sites.
View an expert from the book, Saipan: Oral Histories of the Pacific War, about Alex Tretnoff. The article is titled, "The White Russian from Yap".
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