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  1. jamied says

    "Capts: Vincent, McGovern" - should read Vincent McGovern.

    "Capt. O. Hambrick" should read George Hambrick.

    "CU. Hop-A-Long flying in" - that's the name of one of the helicopters, the other was named Whirl-a-way.

    A short newspaper article about this mission can be seen here......

  2. habu68z says

    My father, MSGT Hugh McGinty flew as a crew chief on this operation in a B-17 dumbo rescue aircraft with a boat hung under the bomb bay. He tells of other air craft flying a head of the choppers and dropping 55 gallon barrels of fuel in the sea to be picked up them and hand pumped into the tanks for refueling. In later years while visiting an air museum in the US south west was delighted to find Hopalong and the story. I have asked him to elaborate on the story and will post here on his response. He is a survivor of 29 missions over German held Europe, and flew in the Berlin air lift after the War. He has written memoirs of his 20 years in the USAF and Still does book/artwork signings and lectures at local schools.

  3. habu68z says

    Here is Hugh's account of the flight.
    ugh McGinty
    Today at 4:41 PM
    Hopalong was the first helicopter to fly across the Atlantic ocean. When it arrived in Goose Bay, Labrador, we in flight C, 6th Rescue Squadron was given the job of flying escort and refueling the plane. When they called for fuel we would drop 55 gallon barrels of gas into the sea and they would hoist them aboard and pump the contents into their tanks. They then dropped the barrels back into the ocean with the open filler caps where they filled with water and sank. New air rescue B-17 crews would take over in Greenland and Iceland. About five years ago I was visiting Kirtland Air Force base, New Mexico and I spotted a display of Air Rescue planes. To my surprise I found the helicopter HOPALONG with a commemoration plaque resting with the other planes. I recorded in my book.

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