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Download The Raft: The Courageous Struggle of Three Naval Airmen Against the Sea Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (121 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Trumbull Narrator: Tom Parker Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On the afternoon of January 16, 1942, three men boarded a TBD Devastator aircraft - a low-wing, single-engine torpedo-bomber - for an antisubmarine patrol flight. Although it was to be a relatively short flight, they became lost. When the fuel ran low, they decided to ditch into the Pacific. Before they could get their life raft to inflate, however, the plane sank beneath them, carrying most of the survival gear down with it. Thirty-four days later the raft landed on Puka Puka, a New Zealand-governed atoll in the Danger Islands, having meandered 1,200 miles!

The story of the voyage, with few resources except courage and indomitable human spirit, is not only an inspiring listen, but a tribute to the human species and its will to survive. The miraculous escapes, especially the passage over a killer reef and the reaching of safety only a day ahead of a typhoon, also suggest that someone was looking over them. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Star Shining Forever | 12/19/2013

    " I put down "read" but we really listened to this in (unabridged!) audiobook version. Really amazing story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cathy | 11/27/2013

    " Actually listened to this as a recorded book. Good reader: L.J. Ganser. Great story. One of those about the "indomitable human spirit". Pretty much anyone would appreciate it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda | 6/2/2013

    " I read the 1960's edition of three men adrift on a raft in the Pacific for 34 days during WWII. Very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Keith | 4/27/2013

    " A very interesting book of survival and hardship. Not set in battle but their suggestions led to many changes in lifeboat regulations. "

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