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Edward Matthews 42nd BG...17 out of 18 survived...

Started by doinworkinvans , Aug 12 2017 12:12 PM

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#1 doinworkinvans

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 12:12 PM

The baby went down for a nap so figured I would pull something out and take a few pics and share something new to the forum.

Edward Matthews was on a mission to strafe Zamboanga on March 4, 1945. Shortly after starting their attack run Ed noticed engines on fire. The intercom was out so after throwing spent shell casings at the pilots they were alerted to the situation. They smashed the windows out and took ditching positions.

That same day Lt. Frank Rauschkolb on the 2nd Emergency Rescue Squadron was out on his PBY and the airwaves were filled with distress signals. Trough a hail of mortar fire and anti aircraft fire Lt. Rauschkolb made 3 stops and rescued 17 of 18 crew members from the downed B25s.

Edward Matthews was on of these 17 who were rescued. The photo shown is of his crew minus a few right after they got back to base. What an incredible story and Lt. Rauschkolb was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions.

A small group but an incredible story. These items came from his estate and off of one of his shirts.

You can read a first hand account from Ed Matthews here:
http://www.pbyrescue...thews story.pdf


The actual mission account is here on the 2nd ERS website:

http://www.pbyrescue...ues/04mar45.htm

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 12:14 PM

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 12:15 PM

...Matthews is kneeling

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 03:49 PM

Being a rescue guy that's a great mission for those guys! That Others May Live...


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