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Old July 15th 03, 11:57 PM
JDupre5762
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My father in law has told me an interesting story about a crash of a Martin P5M
Marlin flying boat patrol bomber. The crash occured in 1954 near Horta, Azores
Islands. My father in law was on board the seaplane tender Currituck AV 7.
Apparently Pan Am flying boats used to take off from the harbor but this meant
flying right towards a hill. The Marlin pilot decided to take off in the open
sea where there was a heavy swell. He also decided to use RATO assist.
Something went wrong and instead of taking off the rockets drove the aircraft
into the sea. Several of the crew survived but not all.

Where could I find out about this tragic loss?

John Dupre'
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Old July 16th 03, 10:29 PM
W. D. Allen Sr.
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From past experience...

Under the Freedom Of Information Act you may request a copy
of the operational command's accident report from the Navy
Safety Center. You will not receive copies of any eye
witness reports, however.

But, unless you can fix the accident date, the aircraft
identification, or names of flight crewmen it is unlikely
the report will be located. Keep in mind that the effort to
meet your request will be on a not-to-interfere basis with
NSC assigned mission work. It might be six months or longer
before you hear from them.

Chuck's VP-44 lead might be the info you need to request the
accident report.

Good luck

WDA
CDR USN Ret.


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My father in law has told me an interesting story about a

crash of a Martin P5M
Marlin flying boat patrol bomber. The crash occured in

1954 near Horta, Azores
Islands. My father in law was on board the seaplane

tender Currituck AV 7.
Apparently Pan Am flying boats used to take off from the

harbor but this meant
flying right towards a hill. The Marlin pilot decided to

take off in the open
sea where there was a heavy swell. He also decided to use

RATO assist.
Something went wrong and instead of taking off the rockets

drove the aircraft
into the sea. Several of the crew survived but not all.

Where could I find out about this tragic loss?

John Dupre'



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Old July 17th 03, 02:01 AM
JDupre5762
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(JDupre5762) wrote:


My father in law has told me an interesting story about a crash of a
Martin P5M Marlin flying boat patrol bomber. The crash occured in 1954
near Horta, Azores Islands.



From: (Chuck)


his sounds like the VP-44 P5M crash on "take off" with four crew
members killed, but that crash is referenced by a surviving crew member
as being on 11 NOV 1956.


Could well be. My father in law was assigned to the Currituck from 1953 to
1958 I believe. He is 86 this year so sometimes his memory is better than
other times. Thanks.

John Dupre'
 




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