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Tribute to the Tigers
by Wang Ying
China Daily 12/15/2008 (page eight)
US pilot Glen Beneda’s P-51 fighter was shot down by several enemy aircraft during an attack on a large Japanese base in Hubei province in 1944.
The 20-year-old lieutenant bailed out and landed in a rice paddy while his aircraft sank in a nearby lake. Local people saved him and helped him return to his squadron two months later.
Beneda, who became a firefighter in Los Angeles after the war, was recently stunned to learn that local people had started excavating his crashed aircraft and want to repair and display it in a memorial hall at the crash site in Hankou.
“I often dreamed about my former fighter being brought back – I still cannot believe that my dream will soon come true,” Beneda said in a letter to the China Cultural Links Project Organization, which is in charge of the excavation project.
“If my health allows, I will go back to China to see my former aircraft with my own eyes,” says Beneda who is now 84 and will soon undergo heart surgery. Continue reading