5 interesting facts about George HW Bush

Nearly killed after being shot down in World War II

George H.W. Bush
Former president George Herbert Walker Bush during his time as a Navy pilot during the Second World War. |

In September 1944, following a bombing raid in a Japanese island, 20-year-old Lt. George H.W. Bush’s plane was severely damaged and he had to ditch it, eventually getting to a life-raft.

Following a long period adrift, he was rescued by a United States submarine, with the future president reportedly telling his rescuers “happy to be aboard.”

According to James Bradley’s historical book Flyboys, the other pilots on the same raid as Bush that were shot down but failed to evade capture were tortured, executed, and some were even eaten.

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