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Eddie Rickenbacker Lost at Sea

As a nonmilitary observer, WWI Ace Eddie Rickenbacker had a mission to evaluate and report the status of U.S. Army Air Forces in the Pacific theatre during WWII. Unsuccessfully searching for Canton Island and low on fuel, their B-17 went down in the Pacific Ocean. Rickenbacker and the crew were adrift in life rafts for 21 days before being rescued. Artifacts on display include a survival vest, boots, fishing gear, pieces of the life rafts and Rickenbacker's hat which was used to bail water from the raft and catch rainwater.

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