No communication facility was available. The police said a boat would take them to Sunamganu. The police said that they heard that three other crewmen had been picked u on the other side of the lake so White’s group chose to wait until they arrived. At about 1600 hours, Sgt Swart, Sgt Jennings and Warrant Officer Graffious arrived. Atabout 1730 hours, they left by boat for Sunamganu. Propelled by long poles, the trip lasted nearly 12 hours and they arrived at 0400 the next morning. They were met by a Rice Control Office and other local officers. They sent a wire to Sylhet. At 1300 hours the next day, a C-47 came from Sylhet and circled. They stood out in a yard about 5 yards apart so the C-47 crew could count them. The C-47 crew dropped a handkerchief with a message telling them a rescue party was on the way. Shortly after a British Major and a Lieutenant arrived and told them that the British motor launch would take them to Sylhet. They accepted and wired Sylhet to meet them at a ferry landing near Sylhet. They arrived at the ferry landing, waited until 0800 hours then crossed the river. Lt. Hammond and White began walking to Sylhet and after about 5 miles, they met a Military Police Captain and a Sergeant in a Command car. They returned to the ferry landing and picked up the other crewmen. At Sylhet, the Intelligence Officer told them that 2 flat bottomed gas powered boats searched for them. White went with a search party in a C-47 to the B-29 ditching scene and went again the next day. They found nothing. They were flown to Tuzgon then to Calcutta. From Calcutta, they returned to Piardoba by train; eight days after ditching.

 

2ndLt Edgar E. Hammond reported that after bailing out, he saw the water and escaped his parachute. He saw no boats so began swimming toward an island about a mile away. After ½ hour he was exhausted and tried to remove clothing. He got a shore off. He was then hauled into a boat. When he awoke, he was on an isand.

 

1stLt Walter R. Russell reported that he did not bail out. After the ditching, he crawled from a pilot’s window. He had trouble releasing the life raft but 2 of them were able to do so. He went ashore with the pilot.

 

1stLt Arthur B. Tuttle reported that before ditching he fastened his safety belts and held SSgt Carter so as not be thrown about upon impact. Upon impact, the forward lower turret was pushed up into the cabin which made the cabin a dangerous place. He removed the engineer’s escape hatch and climbed out of the fuselage. The cabin was filling with water rapidly and there were strong fuel fumes. The B-29 settled slowly. He removed the left life raft and inflated it. There was no equipment in the raft and it did not float away. He pulled the raft to the tail gunner’s position and found that escape hatch closed. Capt. Waller left him and Sgt Carter to guard the B-29. More than 100 natives cae to the scene but did not board the B-29. He made 2 or 3 unsuccessful attempts to get back inside through the submerged hatch. Only the tail fin was visible. He got some short boards from the natives and paddled about 600 yards to shore. They walked to the home of an English speaking student and there joined the others.

 

Sgt Carter was with Lt Tuttle the whole time.

 

SSgt Swart bailed out when ordered, landed in the water and got free from his parachute. I used the jungle kit as a float. He swam for about 45 minutes and was picked up by natives and taken to an island. He found Lt Whiter and others.