VOL.CLX…No. 230 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 1944 $0.50
YOUNG BOYS SURVIVE FOR MONTHS ON END ON A DESERTED ISLAND
By Jasmine Olivieri
The European Press
Britain – In the midst of World War II, a plane evacuating a group of schoolboys from Britain was shot down, killing the pilot. Sadly, many having lost their sanity and consciousness even upon rescue, it was no more than what one would expect from a group of young boys having to fend for themselves. These unfortunate schoolboys consisting of approximately twenty-five boys all under the young age of twelve, were found by a Navy Officer on an uninhabited island off the coast of the South Pacific Ocean. Picture taken by Navy Officer after schoolboys from Britain were found on the inhabited island due to a plane being shot down during WWII. Picture taken by Navy Officer after schoolboys from Britain were found on the inhabited island due to a plane being shot down during WWII. The exact time the boys spent on island is unknown but reports state that their hair was “unnaturally long” meaning they had to have spent at least several months on the island.
It is a miracle that many of these boys were found healthy and alive despite the amount of survival skills they would have known and the lack of responsibility young boys have at that age. However sources say that two were reported dead and one missing. The cause for the deaths of the two are still unknown and the whereabouts of the one boy is unknown as well but is thought to be dead. “When we were able to swim to shore I, as well as many others, didn’t quite grasp the severity of our situation,” says Ralph, one of the older boys that was first to be rescued, “Well how could we at such a young age. Even after several months of being on the island, many of the boys still didn’t grasp that it wasn’t just another adventure”. Despite his age at twelve years old, Ralph was able to take initiative...