Eddie Rickenbacker's Raft, a story of survival
Back during WW2, Eddie and his posse were heading out from Hawaii on their way to check out the military situation in the South Pacific. Their first stop was supposed to be Canton Island. Haven't I heard of that place before? Yes indeedy, it was a refueling stop for the China Clipper.
This story has some similarities to the plot of Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon.