|Thomas R. Green|
|Patrol Bomber Rescues Pilot|
|SOMEWHERE IN THE PACIFIC-- Thomas R. Green, Aviation
Machinist's Mate, Second Class, United States Naval Reserve, Eau Claire, is a Flight Engineer
on a Navy "Black Cat" patrol bomber, which rescued a Marine
fighter plane pilot shot down in the Pacific.
The big black Catalina flying boat, whose mechanical problems are Green's worries, landed in the large swells of the open sea within enemy gun range to pick up the wounded flyer.
Green received high praise from the pilots of his plane for the manner in which he handled the engine controls during the rescue.
This is the second rescue in which Green has taken part during his tour of duty in this theater. The first rescue was affected when his plane landed in an enemy-held lagoon to pick up the 10 pilots and crew men of another plane of his squadron forced down there.
Green is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Collin B. Green, 519 Erin Street. He enlisted in the Navy in February 1943. After graduation from the mechanics school at Navy Pier, Chicago, he attended Air Gunner's School at Memphis, TN and, later, joined his present squadron. Rescue work is only part of his duty. He also has engaged in night harassment, photography, and reconnaissance of enemy bases and anti-submarine work.
|Bomber Picks Up Navy Fliers Shot Down by Japanese|
|Thomas R. Green, Aviation Machinist's Mate, Second Class,
United States Naval Reserve, Eau Claire, WI was Flight Engineer on a Navy "Black Cat" patrol bomber which recently rescued a Marine Corps fighter
pilot shot down in the Pacific.
The big CATALINA flying boat was called to rescue the Marine after he had been shot down near a Jap airstrip during a strafing attack.
The Marine had parachuted to safety in the open sea under the very noses of the Japs manning shore installations. While the enemy watched, the "Cat" dropped down alongside the pilot.
Despite strong winds and high running seas, the patrol plane's crew members managed to bring the Marine aboard and give him first aid.
Green previously flew on another rescue mission. His big Catalina landed in a Jap-held lagoon to pick up 10 pilots and crew members of another plane of his squadron which had been forced down.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Collin B. Green, 519 Erin Street. He entered the Navy in February 1943. He was graduated from the mechanics' school at Navy Pier, Chicago and attended Air Gunner's School at Memphis, TN.