Cackling hen saves downed marine pilot

Sunday, August 15, 1943

A regular feature in the daily news now was the list of dead, wounded, or missing on the many battlefronts. But there were also stories to warm the heart, such as this one about the marine pilot who survived 72 days in the southwest Pacific thanks to a cackling hen. Better than the goose that laid golden eggs, this hen in an abandoned hut laid clutches of eggs that kept marine pilot Sgt. William Coffeen alive despite severe malaria. A native of islands found him passed out from illness and nursed him back to health until a navy plane picked him up. And speaking of nourishment, another source of amusement for Americans was news that Lend Lease was turning 484,422, 603 pounds of canned pork into a beloved Russian stewed meat known as tushenka or tushonka and shipping it to Russia. If can’t find it in a specialty store, you can make your own.





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