Zamperini生命中的下一章几乎结束了它。他于1941年入伍陆军航空兵团,并被分配到一名绰号为“超人”的B-24解放者轰炸机。在对瑙鲁太平洋环礁的一次轰炸中,Zamperini的飞机遭到一个日本零点中队的攻击。机组人员设法将轰炸机送回其基地,机械师在那里计算了594个弹孔。 Zamperini,飞行员罗素艾伦菲利普斯和尾炮手弗朗西斯麦克纳马拉是另一架B-24的机组人员之一,绿色大黄蜂于1943年5月27日开始执行救援任务,寻找一名被击落的飞行员。绿色大黄蜂上的两个港口引擎都失败了,它撞向了海洋。在11名船员中,只有Zamperini,Phillips和McNamara幸免于难。他们唯一的紧急食物是一个巧克力棒,麦克纳马拉惊慌失措地吃了。他们漂流了47天,靠着落在筏子上的海鸟,偶尔的鱼和他们收集的雨水中幸存下来。麦克纳马拉死于饥饿。另外两名男子在马绍尔群岛附近的一艘日本巡逻艇被捡起时,体重减轻了一半。


The next chapter in Zamperini’s life almost ended it. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1941 and was assigned to a B-24 liberator bomber nicknamed “Superman.” In a bombing of the Nauru Pacific Atoll, Zamperini’s plane was attacked by a Japanese zero squadron. The crew managed to return the bomber to its base, where the mechanic calculated 594 bullet holes. Zamperini, pilot Russell Allen Phillips and tail gunner Francis McNamara is one of the other B-24 crew members. The Green Hornet began a rescue mission on May 27, 1943, looking for a shot down. pilot. Both port engines on the green bumblebee failed, and it crashed into the ocean. Of the 11 crew members, only Zamperini, Phillips and McNamara survived. Their only emergency food was a chocolate bar, and McNamara was panicked. They drifted for 47 days, survived by the seabirds that fell on the rafters, the occasional fish and the rainwater they collected. McNamara died of hunger. The other two men lost half their weight when a Japanese patrol boat near the Marshall Islands was picked up.