This is a preliminary image
of a painting by Jack Fellows.
The Water Landing
1st Lt. Lynn W. Daker, 500th Bomb
Squadron is forced to make a water landing off Cadiz, Negros Island, PT
21 January 1945 when the B-25J-22 he was flying lost an engine and had
insufficient power to remain airborne. Lt. Daker is seen in the water
pulling injured crewman Geo. J. Wachtel toward an inflated life raft.
Five of the six crewmembers survived the ditching, dorsal turret gunner
S/Sgt. Desire W. Chatigney, Jr. went down with the aircraft. Lt.
Herman Reheis orbits the scene in "Seabiscuit", waiting for a PBY to arrive
and pick up survivors. Lt. Daker received the soldiers medal for
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