Study Guide

Unbroken Chapter 12

By Laura Hillenbrand

Chapter 12

Downed

  • Phil and Mac, the tail gunner, are the only other two crewmen who have survived the crash.
  • They all managed to clamber aboard a raft and tie it to another.
  • Phil is woozy from two cuts on his forehead, and Louie makes a compress out of a wet t-shirt.
  • Once they're stabilized, they hear the sound of a man drowning, but they can't figure out who it is. He doesn't surface.
  • The supplies are pitiful: too little water, a mirror, a flare gun, dye, fishhooks, fishing line, two air pumps, a patch kit, and a screwdriver, which on a rubber raft is like having mayonnaise at an ice cream stand.
  • The raft doesn't even have a radio or navigation instruments. They might as well name this raft the S.S. SOL.
  • Mac starts freaking out almost immediately, screaming, "We're going to die!" (3.12.16) and prompting Louie to backhand him.
  • As if that wasn't bad enough, sharks begin circling the raft.