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Marshall Islands - Map Locator for Raft-Floating Distance

Marshall Islands - Map Locator for Raft-Floating Distance American History Biographies Disasters Tragedies and Triumphs World War II Geography

Russell Allen Phillips (the pilot of the downed B-24) and Louis Zamperini (the bombardier) drifted about 2,000 miles from the site of their crash (in the Pacific Ocean, not far from the Palmyra Atoll) to Wotje (part of the Marshall Islands). 

To get a sense of how far Phil and Louie drifted, see the Marshall Islands at Google Maps.  Once you're there:

1.  Click on "Get Directions" in the upper-left corner.  Marshall Islands will appear in the box for "B." 

2.  In the "A" box, type in:  Palmyra Atoll, United States Minor Outlying Islands."

3.  Click "Get Directions" (in the blue box with white letters).


Media Credits

Map locator of the Marshall Islands by TUBS, online courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

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