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Downed Pilot's Survival Gear

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Major Arthur L. Post of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was shot down on June 20th, 1943 and rescued on September 28th, 1943, after 101 days in the jungle. Here Post is wearing the seat cushion emergency kit exactly like the one he landed with in the jungle. It was attached to his parachute and contained the only food and medicine he had until he found an indigenous village. He also had a walking stick to help him walk with his injured knee. The military base where this image was taken was located near Port Moresby, New Guinea (present day Papua New Guinea). Robert Doyle was not allowed to publish Post's story at that time. It was finally published in January, 1947, by the Milwaukee Journal. Major Post intended to write his own story, but was killed in a test airplane on August 25th, 1944, before he had the chance.


Image ID: 100822

Creation Date: 1943-11-21 

Creator Name: Unknown




Collection Name: Doyle, Robert. Papers : 1935-1974, 1995

Genre: Photograph

Original Format Type: negative, original

Original Format Number: M99-114, box 8, roll-misc, page 7

Original Dimensions: 4 x 5.125 inches


Robert Doyle was a civilian war correspondent for the Milwaukee Journal during World War II, covering the experiences of Wisconsin troops in the 32nd "Red Arrow" Division, an infantry division of the United States Army National Guard. The "Red Arrow" Division consisted mainly of soldiers from Wisconsin and Michigan.


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