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Historical Narratives

Historical Narratives

Chronicles of Coast Guard Aviation

A collection of documents giving compelling accounts of significant events and the biographies of pioneers in Coast Guard Aviation.

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JATO – The Early Days

Early one morning in 1944 the crew of a Navy PBM3C delivered to the Coast Guard San Diego Air Station a liquid propellant rocket motor system to be used in rescue seaplane landing and takeoff...

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Bernie’s Air Stories

“For those born after I ended my flying career in 1975, welcome to the old timers’ world of round engines and boat hulls, where piloting was as much art as skill, and good airmanship was...

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Eyes of the Icebreakers

When the ice chokes the life out of the Great Lakes shipping industry, iy is up to the Coast Guard to dee that this like is restored....

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U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Pilots

The Coast Guard Aviation Pilots (APs) had a very positive effect on Coast Guard aviation and contributed greatly to our heritage. There were a total of 223 Coast Guard Aviation Pilots with the...

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Hurricane Katrina

We have struggled to find words which adequately express our admiration, respect, and appreciation for the Herculean efforts of the many, many Coast Guard men and women who made the Coast Guard...

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A Hand Salute to an Outstanding Group

In August of 2002, during the ceremony making the contract award for the Integrated Deepwater System, (IDS), Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thomas H. Collins described the critical need to...

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Nostalgic Sea Language

The rich colorful vocabulary of the sea from generations past is still an invariant part of daily English language. Most people do not know the origins of words and phrases that have become...

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Number 66260

The plane that missed the war but still fought on. Number 66260 served Navy, Coast Guard and fire efforts....

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CGAS Sangley Point History

This document contains pictures and text covering the activities and memories of the USCG Philippines Section and USCG Air Station, Sangley Point....

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CDR Elmer Archie Stone

This is a publication that is a forerunner for a book on CDR Elmer F. Stone, USCG Pilot of the NC-4 and many other achievements....

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Rotary Wings and Other Things

This is the story of CDR Stewart Ross Graham, CG Aviator #40, CG Helicopter Pilot #2, Member CG Aviation Hall of Fame and his experiences in aviation....

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The Story of Coast Guard Aviation

Published in the June 1959 issue of the Naval Institute Proceedings is this article by LCOL Robert Rankin, USMC and Mr. Norman Rubin, former Aeronautical Engineer, USCGHQ title The Story of Coast...

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The Future Of CG Aviation

This document was found in the archives of the USCG Historian and has been extracted herein along with some photos of Capt Kossler, awards presented posthumously and the final extract from his...

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Naval Air Station Sidney WWI

This publication provides the history and background for the establishment of a Naval Air Station at North Sidney, Nova Scotia in the fall of 1918 and was to be commanded by First LT Robert...

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First Helo Ice Breaker Deployment

This document is a photographic chronicle of the first helo deployment for the international ice patrol off of Greenland aboard CGC Northwind WAGB-282 and using HNS-1 CGNR 39047. The pilot was...

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North Star J2F Duck

Captain Bob Workman, Av Num #914 submitted this image and documentation about the scout plane flying off of the CGC Northstar on the Greenland Patrol in WWII 1941 on to 1945....

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The Day I Was Ten Feet Tall

This is a narrative, an eyewitness participant in the very first helicopter rescue deployment in the world. When Sabena (Belgian) DC-4 Flight 00OCG crashed in Newfoundland in September 1946 the...

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The First Transatlantic Flight

This article was taken from a speech by Captain Frank A. Erickson, USCG (Ret) at CGAS Houston in 1966 and printed in the USCG Academy Alumni Bulletin. Captain Erickson is enshrined in the US...

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A Brief History of Coast Guard Aviation

This article was taken from a speech by Captain Frank A. Erickson, USCG (Ret) at CGAS Houston in 1966 and printed in the USCG Academy Alumni Bulletin. Captain Erickson is enshrined in the US...

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The Norther

This publication "The Norther" was published as a testament to the USCG can do spirit for in 1969 the Northwind and her crew traversed both ways in the same season through the northwest passage....

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Operation Tight Reign

Operation Tight reign was the classified project to instal and operate a special chain of Loran C in the southeast Asian area to enhance precision bombing. Included are three essays: Strategic...

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Wolfpack and Sunday Comics

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....

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CGAS Port Angeles WWII Diary

The CGAS Port Angeles War Dairy was uncovered in 1959, but it has taken until, now to get it preserved n digital format. The PDF document may be read on line or downloaded to your computer. It is...

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Waco J2W-1 and El Paso Detachment

This story by AOM1 Jack Shea, former USCGR aviation member, is the only detailed document we have found about the Border Patrol and the establishment and short history of CGAD El Paso. It does...

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US Coast Guard and Goats In Greece

During the summer of 1969 Greece was under the tyrannical rule of the “Colonels.” Communists on all borders were ready to invade and the Turks continued to be always a nuisance. Strangers avoided...

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History of Operations at USCGAS Biloxi

This short history of the CGAS Biloxi operations was written by LTC Ted Morris, USAF (formerly AM2, USCG) and permission was graciously given to reproduce it herein. Pictures have been added and...

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Coast Guard Aviation in Vietnam

This is the story of those Coast Guard aviators who flew as part of the U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Forces during the Vietnamese Conflict. The men who wrote this virtually unknown chapter of...