They should have been in Hawaii.
Instead, the crew of PN-9 No. 1 was bobbing around the middle of the Pacific—thirsty, starving, and sunburned—and staring at a frenzy of sharks trailing their flying boat. Commander John Rodgers, Naval Aviator No. 2, took the predators’ presence in stride. He and his crew already had run out of gas, run out of food, survived an emergency sea landing, and been lost by the U.S. Navy. Sharks hardly made things much worse.
2. U.S. Navy West Coast-Hawaii Flight Report.
3. “Roaring Avalanche of Enthusiasm for Heroes of the Navy,” Honolulu Advertiser, uncertain date.
4. Ray Coll Jr., “Sinister Escort of Sharks Follows in Wake of Helpless Plane,” Honolulu Advertiser, uncertain date.
5. “Pacific Sharks Called Hazard for Amelia,” San Francisco Examiner, 8 July 1937.
6. “Lack of Water, Tobacco, Most Keenly Felt While Fliers Drifted at Sea,” Honolulu Advertiser, 11 September 1925.
7. William J. Horvat, Above the Pacific (Fallbrook, CA: Aero, 1966), 57.
8. Coll, “Sinister Escort of Sharks Follows in Wake of Helpless Plane.”
9. Byron J. Connell, “Lieut. Connell Tells Desperate Plight of Pacific Fliers,” New York Times, 24 September 1925.
10. Charles Edward Hogue, “Epic Story of Flight and Disaster, Hope and Black Despair Ends as in Romance,” Honolulu Advertiser, uncertain date.