The PBY Catalina: A Catalina under the command of Lieutenant R. Adrian Marks is credited for the rescue of many from the sinking of the USS Indianapolis through alerting the USS Cecil J. Doyle destroyer escort of the sinking, dropping rubber rafts and supplies to the floating sailors, disobeying standard orders and landing on open sea, completely filling the plane’s fuselage with survivors, tying survivors to the wings with parachute cord which so damaged the wings that the plane would never fly again and had to be sunk, and using the radio as beacon for the rescue ships to be able to home in on the survivor’s location in the dark of night. In the end, Marks and his crew are directly responsible for rescuing 56 men.
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