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    Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod holds memorial for crew of Aircraft 1432

    Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod holds memorial for crew of Aircraft 1432

    Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicole Groll | Standing are the crew who stood the watch at Air Station Cape Cod back on Feb. 18,...... read more read more



    Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicole Groll 

    U.S. Coast Guard District 1

    BOSTON — The crew of Air Station Cape Cod held a 40th anniversary memorial service Wednesday for the crew of Aircraft 1432 who gave the ultimate sacrifice on Feb. 18, 1979.

    Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Jim Stiles, Royal Canadian Air Force Captain George Burge, Petty Officer 2nd Class John Tait, Petty Officer 2nd Class Bruce Kaehler and Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Torr launched 40 years ago to rescue a fisherman from the Japanese fishing boat Kaisei Maru. The weather was severe: winds in excess of 30 knots, seas over 20 ft., and reduced visibility from snow. This was the third attempt to medevac the crew member, the other attempts proving unsuccessful due to weather conditions and the exact position of the fishing boat. At 5 a.m., the boat was located and the rescue basket lowered. During the rescue, the HH-3F Pelican experienced a sudden loss of power and fell into the turbulent seas, claiming four out of the five lives. Torr was the sole survivor. 

    The crew of Air Station Cape Cod, family, friends, and past shipmates gathered to honor the memory of this fatal accident, where four crew members gave their lives.



    Date Taken: 02.14.2019
    Date Posted: 02.14.2019 11:30
    Story ID: 310704
    Location: CAPE COD, MA, US 

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