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The Birth of Anti-Submarine Warfare

A first hand account tells of the early days of helicopter ASW
By Stewart Ross Graham, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard

In January 1944, the British put 2 YR-4 helos on the British M/V Daghestan and Lt Stew Graham, USCG acting as pilot, completed the mission by successfully flying off the merchantman in convoy. The YR’s were delivered to a Royal Navy aerodrome near Liverpool as the first operational helicopters in England.

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