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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Linda Darnell With U.S. Pilot

In this post from Film Noir Photos, we find actress Linda Darnell (The Mark of Zorro) with U.S. Army pilot Captain Fred Hargesheimer, who followed up his wartime experiences with some assistance to those who helped him during the war.  From Film Noir Photos:

Fred Hargesheimer was flying the photo-reconnaissance version of the P-38 when bullets from a Japanese plane hit his left engine and he was shot down over the Japanese-occupied island of New Britain in 1943.  With the help of island natives he eluded capture for eight months before being rescued.  In 1963 Hargesheimer returned to New Britain and helped establish a school for the villagers that helped him during the war.  (AP Photo/Courtesy of Fred Hargesheimer)

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