The period newspaper article includes his full account, word for word, of his rescue of 3 downed torpedo bomber aviators from Tokyo Bay. Ree and his crew flew their PBY over a jap destroyer and landed in the water to rescue the men, dodging flak and under fire from enemy patrol boats for 13 minutes, in a completely unarmed aircraft, they successfully retrieved the men from life rafts and took off again. Ree was awarded the SILVER STAR for this action.I assume the parachute may be from this rescue. The other account is one he wrote later in life of the last day of the war. They were flying on maneuvers around a fleet destroyer when they heard the announcement over the radio that japan had surrendered.
Moments later he describes the sky filling with flak as the destroyer began firing on 5 jap zeroes that had come out of nowhere to kamikaze attack the allies. They held off celebrating until the next day, which was his 21st birthday.
This guys stuff and his stories make for an astonishing grouping for a display. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WOODEN CASE CONTAINING THE NEWS ARTICLE IN SOME PHOTOS IS NOT INCLUDED! Thats just how Im keeping it safe. The item "WWII US Army Air Force CATALINA HERO Pilots Group Crusher Aviators Parachute" is in sale since Monday, February 18, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\United States\Hats & Helmets".The seller is "clydechestnut" and is located in Radford, Virginia. This item can be shipped to United States.