Carter Harman: First Helicopter Rescue Mission

WW2 Jungle Rescue behind enemy lines

In 1944 deep in the rainforest of Burma, a new sound was heard by the military of both sides: the chopping blades of a helicopter. When four Special Operations soldiers and a pilot of a rescue airplane crashed in the jungle, they were stranded with Japanese soldiers all around them. With no way out, the first operational helicopter, the Vought-Sikorsky YR-4B, was sent from India to save them. Due to the long distance (600 miles) and the slow speed of the helicopter (65mph) it took two days of lifting one member at a time to effect a rescue. 2 lieutenant Carter Harman flew them under Japanese fire and effected their successful rescue even when the helicopter overheated once and wouldnt start. His successful and brave actions saved lives and brought helicopters to the front of rescue operations in our world today. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions.

Carter Harman showed us that the Valorous never give up.

There is Valor in you: Set it free.

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