Newspaper Staff And Correspondents

Bellinger, Fred A/1C - Goose AB, Labrador

Burgert, Ted A/1C - Editor

Ismond, Jerry L. S/Sgt. - 8th Weather Sqdn.

Hanf, George S/Sgt. - Pepperrell AFB

Kailas, Steve Pfc. - 950th Engineer Aviation Group (Army - SCARWAF)

Maeding, Wilfried G. A/2C - Thule, Greenland

Morgan, Frank A/1C - Narsarssuak AB, Greenland

Meyers, Carroll S/Sgt. - Asst. Editor

Ogletree, Oscar Capt. - 6Th Air Rescue Group

O'Keefe, William M/Sgt. - Ernest Harmon AFB, Newfoundland

O'Neill, Tipp T/Sgt. - Sondrestrom AB, Greenland

Severson, Eldon B. Capt. - 64th Air Division, Def.

Wilber, Alan W. Major - Information Service Officer

Wipper, Martin, Jr. A/1C - 6614th Air Transport Group

Yakubisin, Joseph P. T/Sgt. - 1805th AACS Wing

The articles on these pages are from THE NORTHEAST GUARDIAN an Air Force newpaper published semi-monthly by personnel of the United States Northeast Command at Headquarters USNEC, Pepperrell AFB, St. John's, Newfoundland; VOL III, NO. 5, March 15, 1955.

NEAC'S ski-equipped cargo planes will soon get a new and more powerful engine as a result of a project recently approved by Headquarters, USAF.

Presently equipped with the standard R1830-90/92 Pratt and Whitney engine developing approximately 1200 Horsepower, the work-horses of the command will have Pratt and Whitney R-2004-04 engines developing 1450 horsepower installed. This is the same type engine now on the four-engined C-54's used by the 6614th Air Transport Group.

Changes will include replacement of engines and propellers; a relocation of the oil cooler; a new type exhaust collector assembly; an improved cowl flap installation; and a new carburetor air scoop. The design modification was originated by Pan American Airways and is untilized for their DC-3 cargo flights.

Original requirement for a high-horsepowered C-47 was established when increased activity throughout the command proved a need for a capability to operate on ice and snow at high altitudes and over great distances.

In 1952 rescue operations connected with a downed four-engine Hastings aircraft in the middle of the Greenland icecap quickly showed the need for a ski-equipped twin-engine aircraft capable of operating fully loaded at altitudes up to 10,000 feet.

The ski-equipped C-47 had also been long used for supply and personnel runs to Fletcher's ice island between 200-300 miles from the North Pole. Loads of the polar seas weather station were limited because of range and power.

More recently, high altitude snow landing tests were conducted near Sondrestrom AB (Greenland) carried out by members of the 51st Air Rescue Sq. at Narsarssuak (Greenland) under the command of Col. Marvin Zipp, NEAC DCS/Operations. The tests proved our ability to land and take off at high altitudes, but greater power was needed to make the landings safer and assure the success of this type mission.

The higher-powered engine will enable the flying work-horses to do better and greater things in an area of heavy weather, great distances and when ice and snow present the only landing areas available.

A fully loaded Northeast Air Command C-119 cargo plane made a wheel landing on a frozen lake just below the Arctic Circle recently.

Delivering a two and one-half ton track-driven amphibious cargo carrier commonly known as the "weasel," to one of the Air Force's Baffin Island outposts, the plane landed on a temporarily marked strip approximately 4500 feet long. The three foot thickness of frozen surface offered a smooth and solid platform for the 6614th Air Transport Squadron's Captain Albert G. King of Sharon, Pennsylvania, to land his 30-ton aircraft.

Two hours later a second C-119 delivered another "weasel" to the isolated installation. In the 18 degrees below zero temperatures the unloading was accomplished in 30 minutes by the crews and personnel from the Air Force detachment 10 miles away.

Crew of the pioneer aircraft were: Captain King, commander; Captain Thomas Pollard, co-pilot, Corvallis, Oregon; Navigator Captain Frank Byrnes, Houston, Texas; T/Sgt. Arthur Edminister, engineer, Wirt, Minnesota; and S/Sgt. Robert Gremmels, radio operator, Exter, N. H.

The second plane commanded by Captain Forrest E. Hight, Memphis, Tennessee, was crewed by Captain Abe M. Thompson, co-pilot, Kanawha, Iowa; Transport Squadron commander Major Oliver M. Hernigan, Montgomery, Alabama; 2nd Lt. Harold D. Sherrick, navigator, Bradford, Pennsylvania; and A/2C Bryce P. Gracie, radio operator, Napa, California.

Making its way through the swells and white-caps of the North Atlantic, a small Navy vessel docked at BW-1 and wrote another page in the history of this Greenland sub-port.

The ship, USNS LST 964, is believed to be the first to arrive at BW-1 in January during the 14 years this base has been in operation. The only other one which came close to achieving this record was the ill-fated "Dorchester" of World War II fame, torpedoed just off the coast of Greenland in February, 1943.

Though LST 694 made its journey under more peaceful circumstances, the voyage was anything but a calm one. On the high seas near Newfoundland, the ship was struck by a small hurricane which lashed the decks, loosening scores of oil drums. Unable to ride out the high wind, the LST had to seek port in St. John's and relash the drums before resuming its voyage. Eventually, it docked after spending 20 days at sea, doubling the normal trip time from New York to Greenland.

Unlike most of the other vessels that come to this port, the LST left New York's Port of embarkation bound only for BW-1. Usually, ships carry suppllies for several other ports either in Greenland or Newfoundland.

USNEC began preparations for the LST two weeks before its arrivaL. The USCG "Eastwind" Coast Guard cutter operating in local waters, cleared the ice-clogged Tunugdlairik Fjord, 50-mile water highway from the sea to Narsarssuak (Greenland). The 7278th GU Transportation Terminal Command had 32 stevedores airlifted from McAndrews AFB (Newfoundland) to Narsarssuak. Summer augmentation troops for the 7278th's Narsarssuak detachment left this base after the normal shipping season was closed in December.

After spending four days in port, the LST began its return trip to New York February 2nd, backloading 44 long tons or 136 measurement tons of deoxygen cylinders no longer needed by contractors.

AP Shack 'Flies' During High Winds At Ernest Harmon

Air Police shacks in the Northeast Air Command may have to be re-designed to withstand high winds.

A recent storm at Ernest Harmon Air Force Base, Stephenville, Newfoundland, blew over the Air Police gate-house when winds ranged from 75 to 120 miles per hour for a six and a half hour period.

Thirty-five windows were blown out of other buildings and a few shingles sailed through the air during the tempest. However, the only major casualty was the up-ended hut used by the Air Police.

Harmon Obsevers Made Few Errors During Last Year

Can human error ever be completely overcome? Weather observers at Ernest Harmon AFB, under the guidance of Lt. Col. Hudson, have done so for all practical purposes in weather observing.

During the year of 1954, 151 total errors were made during 26,247 observations. When one considers that approximately 1,984,118 evaluations and computations of complex weather elements were required to record the weather at Harmon during 1954, this feat is better appreciated.

Ernest Harmon AFB, located at Stephenville, Newfoundland, is on the beaten path of North Atlantic storms. Much of the year well developed storms can be expected each 3 to 4 days with only short "good weather" periods between.

Observations ranging in nature from tropical waterspouts to extreme outbreaks of arctic cold are part of the 1954 station history. Yet every month the weather detachment at Harmon earned a 5th Weather Group certificate of outstanding proficiency.

New Chimes, Steeple for BW-1 Chapel

A new steeple rose over the Narsarssuak Chapel early one morning in February and soon the chimes echoed across the wind-swept base.

Standing nearby as Air Installations workers lifted the steeple on a crane were the two chaplains, Capts. James F. Gribbon and First Lt. Edwin A. Porter. For them, the lifting of the steeple climaxed a project they had planned months before.

Personnel walking to their duty sections heard the chimes and wondered at the occasion ... The Chaplain Section began telephoning various locations on the Base to find out how far the music was travelling. As far as the Service Club, more than a mile away, they were told, it was loud and clear.

The chimes arrived at BW-1 from New York early in February and a week later were installed inside the copper steeple which came from Newfoundland.

New Projects at BW-1 to Be Completed Soon

Three construction projects are jutting up on the Narsarssuak landscape and one was completed last month despite temperatures below the freezing mark.

By the time spring arrives at BW-1, the base will be using a nose dock hangar, another two-story, 133-man dormitory and a sorely needed new control tower. Dial phones will also be in operation as a result of the modern telephone exchange recently accepted by air Installations.

The 24,430 square foot steel nose dock hangar is designed to supplement the existing hangar, providing adequate space for all planes flying into the field. The nose and engine of each aircraft will be pushed inside the hangar while the wings and tail will jut outside.

One large conventional aircraft such as a B-36 or C-124 or two smaller conventional ones such as C-54s, B-47s, B-29s, or KC-97s can be accommodated in the nose dock hangar. A dozen jets can be handled at one time. Since High Flight jet projects are the most frequent aircraft movements serviced at BW-1, this is a definite advantage for the base maintenance section.

The new control tower will replace the present, out-dated wooden frame tower that has been used since the earliest years of World War II. Rising 91 feet from the ground, it will be 49 feet higher than the old one.

Directly across the road from Base Headquarters, the completed 1,824 square foot Telephone Exchange will be the new home for the Stateside-style dial system soon to be installed by an Air Material Command team of technicians. Previously housed in a cave, tunnelled into a mountainside back in 1942, the new telephone quarters supply additional space essential for the dial system. The dial system will also result in speeding service for more than 500 phones in use at BW-1.

Air Rescue Crew Aids Young Boy in Fight For Life

Quick action of a 52nd Air Rescue H-19 crew in January is credited with increasing an 18-months-old boy's chances in his fight for life. Canadian authorities requested an emergency evacuation from Burgeo, Nfld., to a hospital in Corner Brook.

The helicopter crew, Lt. Clifton Ward and Lt. George Asay, pilots, and A/2c Arthur Zoeckler, medical attendant, flew the youngster and his parents to their destination without delay. Before returning to Harmon, the H-19 crew received the heart felt thanks and undying gratitude of the child's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Anderson.

Action like that tends to strengthen the already close relations between the people of the United States and Canada.

931st AC&W Awarded 64th AD(D) Ground Safety Plaque

The Territory next door to the North Pole generally isn't considered the easiest in which to rack up high scores in the Ground Safety department, but the 931st AC&W Squadron at Thule managed to do so.

At a recent Commanders' Conference in White Hills, Colonel Joseph Myers, 64th Commander, presented the safety plaque to Lieutenant Colonel Orville G. Adams, Deputy Commander of the Thule Defense Area. The plaque was won by the 931st for having the best ground safety record in the 64th Air Division (Defense) during the calendar year 1954.

Harmon, Argentia Air Rescue Planes Aid Limping C-54

The 52nd Air Rescue Squadron recently intercepted and escorted an Air Force C-54 which was inbound to Harmon from Prestwick, Scotland. The cargo C-54 had feathered an engine due to an excessive oil leak. Due to a roughly running engine on the Rescue SB-29 during the pre-take-off check, the aircraft had to return to the hangar area for minor maintenance before becoming airborne.

In the interval between the initial alert and the Rescue B-29s take-off, the USCG at at Argentia Naval Air Station dispatched a PB-1G aircraft to intercept the distressed C-54. The USCG rescue plane had already completed the intercept so the SB-29 and PB-1G both escorted the C-54 to Argentia Naval Air Station, where it landed safely with its crew of six.

Those comprising the 52nd Air Rescue Squadron crew are: Captains Emmett Everset, pilot and Jack Swisher, navigator; 2/Lts. George Pearson, pilot and Edward Rosco, navigator; S/Sgt. Bob Wood, engineer; A/1C Will Ramboldt and Don Hendrix, scanners; A/1C Ronald Jones and A/2C Richard Korastinsky, radio operators.

Winged "S" Award to Lt. Padzensky For Rescue Role

First Lieutenant Jerry Padzensky of the 51st Air Rescue Squadron was awarded the Sikorsky Winged "S" recently in recognition for the part he played in the rescue of a downed pilot.

The rescue, which won Lieutenant Padzensky his award, happened December 2, 1954 when a jet crashed on take off. The aircraft came to rest on frozen Tunugdliarfik Fjord (near Narsarssuak, Greenland). Within two minutes, the jet pilot was pulled on board the helicopter by Lt. Padzensky. Seconds after the rescue, the aircraft broke through the ice and sank into the frigid waters of the Fjord.

Some Top NEAC Bowling Team Members

Brook, John, A/1C, Pepperrell AFB

Christiansen, H. B., Maj., Pepperrell AFB

Fleming, Roy, M/Sgt. Pepperrell AFB

Rudenberg, Norman, PFC., Pepperrell AFB

Mallory, Rudolph, M/Sgt., Pepperrell AFB

Marshall, Douglas, S/Sgt., Goose AB, Labrador

McClellan, Francis, S/Sgt., Pepperrell AFB

Smokoska, Marvin, S/Sgt., McAndrew AFB

Wilbur, Norman, Maj., Goose AB, Labrador

A/1C Leadership School, Harmon AFB; Col. D. B. White, Commandant; M/Sgt. Robert Mayne, School NCOIC

Achieving Excellent Theses Results:

Bartalo, Francis M., Hq. Sq. Sec. AB Wg

Cieszkowski, Norbert F., 38th Crash Rescue Boat Flt

Diamond, Ronald, M & S Gp.

Grandrud, Norman F., Hq. Sq. Sec. AB Wg

Hyaduck, Joseph F., Field Maint. Sq.

Ihrig, Donald R., Operations Sq.

Lierman, Virgil W., Field Maint. Sq.

Lloyd, Donald D., Installations Sq.

Metty, Thomas L., 61st FIS

Rener, Pierre J., HQ. SQ. Sec.

Washington, Ancil L., Operations Sq.

Top Pepperrell Airmen

M/Sgt Eugene Lessman, 6640th Motor Vehicle Squadron, has been named NCO of the month at Pepperrell AFB. Sgt Lessman is Asst. Inspector of Maintenance.

Airman of the month is A/1C George Hanner, Air Policeman, assigned to Pepperrell a year ago, he comes from Milwaukee.

NCO Board of Govenors Elected at Harmon AFB to Serve 1 Year Term

New Board Members Are:

Fallow, F. M/Sgt., Field Maint.

Huglin, Harvey P., Colonel, acting Chief of Staff, NEAC

Jones, E. M/Sgt., Co. A. 347th EAB (Engineer Aviation - SCARWAF)

LeFave, P. M/Sgt., 52nd ARS

O'Neil, M. T/Sgt., 61st FIS

Stark, Smylie C., Colonel, commander 6th Air Rescue Group

Wike, J. M/Sgt., 1933rd AACS

Names In The News

Abel, Dunstan, (formerly 6614th AT Gp)) now 2nd. AF, SAC, promoted to Lt. Colonel

Allesandro, Michael N., 6605th AB WG. promoted to Lt. Colonel

Baker, Warren S., Jr. Col. - Commander 6671st ABG at Narsarssuak, Greenland (incoming)

Barcus, Glenn O., Lieutenant General, Commander-in-Chief, USNEC

Bell, Joseph W., Major, NEAC

Burkett, Bernard J., AB. Wg. promoted to Lt. Colonel

Crown, William, Capt., Pepperrell Personnel Services Officer

Deboer, Norbert J., 6606th AB Wg. Goose AB, Labrador, promoted to Lt. Colonel

Diamond, Bruch A/1C, External Information, Ernest Harmon AFB

Dover, Jack T/Sgt., manager of station VOHF, Ernest Harmon AFB

Etter, Richard W., 51st. Air Rescue Sq., Narsarssuak, Greenland - promoted to Colonel

Griffin, Claude K., AB Wg. promoted to Lt. Colonel

Harker, Ward W., Colonel, Deputy Base Commander, Pepperrell

Hill, Kenneth E., Hq. NEAC - promoted to Colonel

Hunter, Guy N., Major, NEAC

Hutchinson, William R.,Jr., 6604th AB Wg. (Dental Corps) promoted to Lt. Colonel

Kasubski, Edward S/Sgt., Supply & Maintenance, Thule AB, Greenland

Kerr, Clark S/Sgt., Information Services, Ernest Harmon AFB

Kimball, William L. Col. - Commander 6607th ABWg. at Thule, Greenland (outgoing)

LaMonica, John, S/Sgt., Field Maintenance Machine Shop, Harmon AFB

LaRue, C. C., Captain, NEAC

Leavitt, C. A., Colonel, Commanding Officer, Detachment 2 (US Army), 7278 GU Transportation Terminal Command which operates the ocean port at Goose Bay, Labrador during the ice free summer months.

LeMieux, Bernard O., T/Sgt., NCOIC Production Control 6605th Maintenance Sq., Harmon AFB

McCurnin, John C. Col, - NEAC DCS for Personnel

Magnan, Mark W., 6615th AT Sq., promoted to Lt. Colonel

Mitchel, Mack A., Hq. NEAC, promoted to Lt. Colonel

Moore, Jack E., 6621st AB Sq., promoted to Lt. Colonel

Moravsky, Frank A/1C, Internal Information, Ernest Harmon AFB

0'Keefe, William M/Sgt., NCOIC Information Services, Ernest Harmon AFB

Osborne, Thomas F. Col. - Commander 6671st ABG at ABG at Narsarssuak, Greenland (outgoing)

Rohr, Lewis W. Col. - Commander 6607th ABWg. at Thule, Greenland (incoming)

Ross, R. S., Lt. Colonel, sub-base commander at Torbay Airport

Sanctuary, Robert H., Hq. NEAC, promoted to Lt. Colonel

Sandifer, Virgil E., - 5th. Weather Group - promoted to Colonel

Sculley, Raymond, Hq. NEAC , promoted to Lt. Colonel

Senter, Lee R., AB Wg., promoted to Lt. Colonel

Simon, Bill, T/Sgt., supervisor of the 6606th USAF Hospital Dining Hall (Goose AB, Labrador) who is completing his tour in April.

Smart, Robert, A/1C, Field Maintenance Machine Shop, Harmon AFB

Strickland, Joseph M., (enroute to 64th AD), promoted to Lt. Colonel

Tackage, Elmer E., Major, NEAC

Terry, Ben M., 6606th AB Wg., Goose AB, Labrador, promoted to Lt. Colonel

Thiele, Arthur, Major, commander 6606th USAF Hospital, Goose AB, Labrador

Tierney, Robert E., Major - Information Services, Ernest Harmon AFB

Vaughn, Arthur, Major, Chief of Maintenance, 6605th Maintenance Sq., Harmon AFB

Westbrook, Jasper A. Col. - Director of Acft. Supply and Maint. for NEAC.

Willeford, Charles T/Sgt., Base Historian, Ernest Harmon AFB

Williamson, John P., Jr., Hq NEAC, promoted to Lt. Colonel

Wise, W. H., Colonel, Commander Pepperrell AFB

Winkler, Albert L., (enroute to Goose AB, Labrador) promoted to Lt. Colonel

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