ARTWORK

WWII: Rescue at Rabaul ‘PBY Blister Gunner’

1944/1994

Signed in pencil, verso
Also stamped by the Horace Bristol Trust in black ink, verso
Additionally titled, dated, and numbered (2/3) in pencil, verso

Gelatin silver print

14 x 11 inches, sheet
10.25 x 10 inches, image

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This young crewman of a US Navy “Dumbo” PBY rescue mission has just jumped into the water of Rabaul Harbor to rescue a badly burned Marine pilot who was shot down while bombing the Japanese-held fortress of Rabaul. Since Japanese coastal defense guns were firing at the plane while it was in the water during take-off, this brave young man, after rescuing the pilot, has manned his position as machine gunner without taking time to put on his clothes.

Work by Horace Bristol (1908-1997)