Found Film Recounts B-29 Rescue 66 Years Ago
    December 16, 2010
    — Online video is breathing new life into a TV news story that aired last month about an incredible discovery: color film of a B-29 crash as well as the sea rescue of 12 airmen during World War II. Richard Vanden Heuvel, of Denver, Colorado, was tail gunner on the mission more than 65 years ago. He told KUSA NBC Channel 9 in Denver that the film found its way to his door when it was found after many years stored away in a closet.

    Vanden Heuvel recalled that after the bomber sustained heavy damage, the pilot told everyone to bail out, and they all did just before the Superfortress crash-landed into the sea 70 miles off the coast of Japan. The found footage, shot by an officer aboard a nearby U.S. submarine, shows the airplane plunge into the ocean and explode as airmen floated to the water after safely bailing. The rescued men were also shown boarding the sub.

    A videotaped copy of the long-forgotten film found its way to Vanden Heuvel, who is seen in one segment clinging to the ripcord of his parachute.

    Watch the video:



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