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An incredible diary revealing how six hero airmen survived 11 days at sea in a dinghy by using their underpants for a fishing net and their shirts for a sail has been found after 73 years.<br />
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Flying Officer Eric Hartley kept the log of the daily struggle for survival the crew of a Halifax bomber endured after it was shot down by a German U-boat whose captain was nicknamed Count Dracula.<br />
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Six of the eight crew survived and climbed into the small open rubber dinghy and were left at the mercy of the sea for nearly two weeks until they were spotted by a Royal Navy destroyer off Ireland in October 1943.