Nebraska pilot's plight made him a Cold War hero
At a Tokyo press conference a day after his rescue, Roche illustrates how the attack unfolded. The U.S. military arranged the press conference to counter the Soviets' version of the plane's downing. Roche is the only one of 17 crew members known to have survived.
Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013 12:00 am
Updated: 12:10 pm, Fri May 23, 2014.
Sixty years ago this morning, an Air Force pilot from Nebraska floated bleeding and dazed off the Siberian Coast, just feet away from the flaming wreckage of his surveillance plane.
A few minutes earlier, Capt. John Roche, 28, had been co-piloting the piston-engine aircraft belonging to the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at 21,000 feet over the Sea of Japan near Vladivostok.
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Monday, July 29, 2013 12:00 am.
Updated: 12:10 pm.