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

U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Steven F. Jensen leads the formation of the Air Station Cape Cod crew who are formed up in honor the 40th anniversary of the crew lost on Aircraft 1432, Wednesday, on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Feb. 13, 2019. The crew lost their lives on Feb. 18, 1979 during a medevac mission when the HH-3F Pelican lost power and crashed into the sea. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicole J. Groll)

U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Steven F. Jensen leads the formation of the Air Station Cape Cod crew who are formed up in honor of the 40th anniversary of the crew lost on CG-1432,  Feb. 13, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicole J. Groll)

BOSTON — The crew of Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod held a 40th anniversary memorial service Wednesday for the crew of CG-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 not knowing 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.

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