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Tom Harmon lost... WWII airman....

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November 05, 1943

THE NEW YORK TIMES, November 5, 1943

* Tom Harmon lost during World War II
* Michigan Wolverines Heisman trophy winner
* NCAA college football star

The front page has a one column heading: "Lt. Tommy Harmon Missing in China". See image for 1st report coverage on Michigan Wolverines football star, Tom Harmon, going missing during World War II. He would be rescued by anti-Japanese Chinese guerrillas.

Other news, sports and advertisements of the day throughout. Complete in 38 pages, rag edition in very nice condition.

Nice to have this in a Michigan newspaper. Other news, sports and advertisements of the day throughout with much on World War II. 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.

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