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By Andrew C. A. Jampoler

Within the culture of serious stories of guys opposed to the ocean, Adak bargains a compelling examine braveness and dedication within the face of sure tragedy. Alfa Foxtrot 586 used to be a P-3 Orion on station on a delicate chilly battle challenge off the Kamchatka Peninsula on 26 October 1978. while a propeller malfunction become an engine fireplace, the pilot was once pressured to ditch his turboprop into the empty, mountainous seas west of the Aleutian Islands. The airplane went down in precisely 90 seconds, taking one of many 3 rafts with it. 13 males introduced the opposite rafts, the smallest of which extraordinarily overcrowded quickly started to leak, threatening the 9 males aboard. This account of the flight crew's determined conflict opposed to the ocean, and the heroic efforts to rescue them offer an engrossing precise tale of survival.

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D ' Company held the front face of the position and had been savagely mauled. Company Headquarters had been hit and the company commander wounded; the Japanese had blasted the forward bunkers with a 75 mm. field gun at a range of 500 yards and had blown away half the forward platoon. O. took over. Reinforcements were called for from Knoll; the battery commander, who had survived by a miracle, worked frantically to restore communications with the guns. By evening standto some sort of order had been imposed.

During the day ' D ' Company marched in, and the Patialas, their task completed, returned to their parent battalion. The view from Ben Nevis was superb. The curves of the T a m u road were exposed to view, almost as far as the Lokchao River. While Ben Nevis was in British hands, a major offensive by the Japanese on the Shenam Heights was virtually impossible. Clearly the Japs would regard its recapture as a high priority. The Battalion prepared to hold what it had won. Trees were cut down and the timber used to build head cover over weapon pits.

They had heavy machine-guns covering the ridge approach and he thought they probably numbered a company. At this moment the Brigadier came up on the air; the 1st/16th were to attack the position and clear the Japanese out forthwith. A troop of a field battery, four guns, would give support; the gunners were limited to firing eighty shells, but, it was generously added, they were prepared to fire them any way that Colonel Newell wanted. A straightforward attack down the ridge would certainly be costly and would most probably fail.

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