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1943 Tom Harmon... WWII airman....
Item # 602477
May 4, 1943
THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 4, 1943
* Tom Harmon's crew hunt ends
* Michigan Wolverines Heisman trophy winner
* NCAA college football star
Page 5 has one column headings:
"Search Proves Vain For Harmon's Crew"
"No Survivors Found in Jungle Where Bomber Crashed"
See image for report here. Other news, sports and advertisements of the day throughout. Rag edition in very nice condition.
wikipedia notes: During World War II Tom Harmon enlisted as a pilot in the Army Air Corps on November 8, 1941. Early in 1943, Harmon parachuted into the South American Jungle when his plane flew into a tropical storm. None of the other crewmen bailed out or survived. He was the object of a massive regional search operation once his plane was reported missing. Four days later he stumbled into a clearing in Dutch Guiana. He transferred to single seat fighters.
He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for his actions with the 449th Fighter Squadron. These included having his plane shot down over Japanese occupied China. He saved his silk parachute and it was later used as the material for his wife's wedding dress.
Category: The 20th Century