Ray Seaver - The longest parachute fall

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1 min 1 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


We had quite a few people shot down up there some were killed, and some taken prisoner of war. A friend of mine was shot down and at that stage I think he held the record for the longest parachute fall that had ever been recorded. It's since been broken but he was a POW for about two years but he was way up on the Yalu River when he was shot down so there was no way known he was going to float down into friendly territory. Just before the war finished my wing man was shot down.

The last I saw of him he was going down in a parachute and the troops just grabbed him straight away. He was lucky. He was only in there for a couple of months and then the war finished, and he was an exchange. He got out alright but some of the others were treated rather badly.

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