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Catalina Landed On Jungle Waterway N.Z. Press Association —Copyright Rec. 1 p.m. MELBOURNE, this day. Displaying great resourcefulness and initiative, Flying-Officer F. Inger, of Sydney, pilot of a Spitfire squadron, won his way to freedom in less than 24 hours after he bailed out, eight miles inside Japaneseoccupied Northern Borneo recently. He was aided in his escape by the skill and daring of Flight-Lieutenant Wally Mills, D.F.C., of New Zealand. Inger was on a bombing and strafing mission when his motor cut out and he bailed out over heavilytimbered country. He fell through a tree but luckily his parachute caught on the lower limb. Rain fell all night and Inger made a rough shelter of grass, and sewed his silk maps together as covering to protect his face from vicious mosquitoes. He was awakened by a snake crawling over his face. At daylight he set out to reach the coast, hacking his way over jungle-bound ridges, warily avoiding Japaneseused paths and skirting native villages. He eventually reached a narrow stream. That afternoon he sighted a searching Catalina. He tied his maps to a stick and waved his improvised flag. He was seen, and the captain of the Catalina, Mills, dropped a message to Inger inquiring if the stream was more than six feet deep. . Receiving an affirmative signal, Mills skilfully landed his Catalina on a stretch of water which was barely wide enough for the Catalina s wings to clear the jungle-fringed banks. • . . .. Inger was the second pilot to bail out in Borneo and escape through Japanese lines in a week. The other was Squadron-Leader P. Jones, of Sydney, the commanding officer ot a Kittyhawk squadron, who was also rescued by an air-sea rescue, Catalina, piloted by Mills.

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DARING N.Z. PILOT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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DARING N.Z. PILOT Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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