Coast Guard Honors lost aviators

MOBILE, Ala. – The Coast Guard held a ceremony at sea Tuesday honor the crew of an aircraft which crashed during a Search and Rescue mission more than forty years ago.

The Grumman Albatross amphibious aircraft and its crew of six was lost in poor weather conditions on March 5, 1967 while assisting a vessel in distress southeast of Carrabelle, Florida. The exact location of the wreckage was unknown until it was discovered July, 2006 by civilian divers.

Tuesday’s ceremony involved two Coast Guard cutters, as well as an over-flight by two HH-60 helicopters and one HC-130 fixed-wing aircraft. A memorial placard will be placed at the crash site by the Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby.

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