New York (Feb. 24)
Master Sgt. Meyer Levin, Brooklyn Jewish youth who flew to fame in the Pacific aerial theatre, died as heroically as he had lived, it was reported today in a United Press dispatch from New Guinea. The three survivors of the crash which took Levin’s life on January 7 revealed that his quick action saved their lives.
When the bomber, which had exhausted its gasoline supply trailing a Japanese convoy, crashed, Levin released the life raft on which three members of the crew floated until picked up by a rescue vessel, but was evidently knocked unconscious before he could escape. It was also revealed that Sgt. Levin had not been assigned to what proved to be his last flight but had volunteered to go along since he was an expert at identifying Japanese surface vessels.