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Old 2nd December 2016, 22:31
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Clint Eastwood Ditching 30 Sept 1951

Private Clint Eastwood (now actor and director) was getting a lift in a Douglas AD-1Q dive bomber that crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the Point Reyes Peninsula near San Francisco on 30 Sept 1951. The pilot was Naval Lt, (jg) P. C. Anderson. Eastward swam to shore and Anderson paddled to shore. The plane ran out of fuel in fog

Can anyone identify the serial and Anderson?


Of course Eastwood is now the director of Sully the film about true Hudson ditching
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Old 3rd December 2016, 00:42
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Re: Clint Eastward Ditching 30 Sept 1951

Eastwood or Eastward?
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Old 3rd December 2016, 00:55
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Re: Clint Eastward Ditching 30 Sept 1951

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Typo fixed And title
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Old 3rd December 2016, 11:39
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Re: Clint Eastwood Ditching 30 Sept 1951

Private Eastwood was a passenger in AD-1Q 09383, which was flying from NAS Seattle to Mather AFB. The pilot became lost in bad weather and ditched off Point Reyes.
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Old 3rd December 2016, 13:35
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Re: Clint Eastwood Ditching 30 Sept 1951

George

Many Thanks for that

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Old 4th December 2016, 06:25
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Re: Clint Eastwood Ditching 30 Sept 1951

Interesting. Here's another name I've often wondered about (and never thought to ask anyone). Has anybody ever identified any aircraft flown by Hall of Fame and Boston Red Sox baseball player Ted Williams, who flew with the Marines in WWII and in Korea (and lost several years of baseball doing so)? Or the any of the bombers flown by Jimmy Stewart or George McGovern (I think it was) over Europe in WWII?
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Re: Clint Eastwood Ditching 30 Sept 1951

Suspect "P C Anderson" IS actually FRANCIS COLEMAN ANDERSON USN O-419051 - Some news reports quote FC and initials not "PC"

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg...&GRid=13766655

KIA in a AD-4N Skyraider #124748 night bomber with Detachment F, Composite Squadron 35 aboard the carrier USS KEARSARGE (CVA-33) On January 28/29, 1953

Also killed was
Aviation Electronics Technician Second Class John Robert Schmid #3182981 USN of Nebraska

http://www.honorstates.org/index.php?id=5924

Eastwood and Anderson paddle to shore in Dingys
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Re: Clint Eastwood Ditching 30 Sept 1951

A facebook post confirms pilot as Francis Coleman Anderson
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Re: Clint Eastwood Ditching 30 Sept 1951

Anderson's aircraft was AD-4N 125709 and it was believed to have been an operational, not combat, loss.
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Re: Clint Eastwood Ditching 30 Sept 1951

George thanks for correcting the AD-4N serial 125709

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