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SECRETS OF THE DEAD

Dogfight Over Guadalcanal

  • Aired: 11/07/2006
  • 54:30
  • Rating: TV-PG
Deep in the jungle of Guadalcanal in the South Pacific are the rusting remains of a World War II-era fighter plane. Research confirms that the plane is the doomed Wildcat flown by James "Pug" Southerland in WWII. This documentary examines and recreates every dramatic moment of the legendary showdown between 30-year-old Southerland in his Wildcat, and Saburo Sakai, 25, in his Mitsubishi Zero.
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What really happened in this "high noon" style showdown over the jungles of Guadalcanal?
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