Airmen against the Sea: An Analysis of Sea Survival Experiences
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB
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Airmen Against The Sea is the fourth in a series of ADTIC studies to determine how military personnel survived under emergency conditions in various parts of the world. Its predecessors, 999 Survived, Sun, Sand and Survival, and Down In the North, dealt with survival respectively in the Southwest pacific Tropics, in the African Deserts, and in the Arctic. This study concerns survival at sea and, like its predecessors, employs the topical approach. It is not a water survival manual, but is a factual report of what happened to men who bailed out or ditched at sea, and whose only refuge for days on end was a rubber liferaft. Under such topical headings as bailout versus ditching, survival equipment, the liferaft, food, hazards, injuries, morale, and many others, the experiences of the survivors themselves are emphasized. The result is a new and fresh insight into the problems of survival at sea which will be of interest to all those who fly over water, and of particular value to those concerned directly with rescue operations, with water survival training, and with the development of survival materiel.