One of the more iconic images of the war in the Pacific Theater; an American crewman of a U.S. Navy Consolidated PBY Catalina flying boat rescue mission is photographed after he has disrobed from his bulky gear and jumped into the water of Rabaul Harbor to rescue a badly burned Marine pilot who was shot down while bombing the Japanese-held fortress of Rabaul during the Battle of New Britain (codename Operation Cartwheel). With the Japanese coastal defense guns still firing at the plane, the crewman quickly returns to manning his position as a machine gunner while still wet and nude. Rabaul, New Britain Island, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea. March 1944. Image taken by Horace Bristol.