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Japan Surrenders, September 2, 1945

The 75th Anniversary of victory over Japan and the end of World War II. The official documents were signed aboard the USS Missouri on September 2nd, 1945, the date typically celebrated in the U.S. The date Japan surrendered was August 15, 1945 but due to time zone issues the date was August 14th in the U.S. and eastern Pacific.

What's New

 P-520, the last 85 ft. crash boat in its original military configuration has been donated to the Louisville Naval Museum. This is a brand new museum that has not opened yet. P-520 sailed out of its former home in Long Beach, CA on August 31st to be loaded on a yacht transport vessel on Ensenada, Mexico for a trip to Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale, FL). From there she will proceed on her own bottom to Louisville. To view photos of the boat, click on the PHOTO & MISSIONS button to the left, then click on the P-520 Album. There are also a few photos in the  85 ft. Album, toward the bottom.
Sept. 1, 2020 -The OSS operations and the CBI now share the new OSS Operations album, separate from the World War II album, as there are several new photos and expanded information, including information about Mediterranean operations. Some operations are still included on the Non-Standard Operations page, accessed from the buttons on the left.
The latest update of the Builders, Boats and Dates database has been posted. I have made a change in the way the database is updated. Going forward, The data will be updated every three to four months so that data that is added to the master database is also added to the one on the website. 
Due to Covid-19 a museum to which I need access to update the Builders, Boats and Dates is currently closed. Once that facility reopens, I hope to add more details regarding Chris-Craft and Hacker-Craft production of rescue boats.


This is the website dedicated to the men and boats of the U. S. Army Air Force Emergency Rescue Boat Service and the U. S. Air Force Crash Boat Service, especially those who served in World War II and Korea. Whether you call them crash boats, AVRs, ASRs, 63' air-sea rescue boats, patrol rescue boats, or your favoriite is the 85' rescue boat, you're in the right place. While there is a lot of information  on crash boats available on the web, it is far from complete, sources conflict, and it is widely dispersed. The history of the service of the boats cannot be told without telling of the missions and memories of the men who crewed them. You will find many of their memories collected here. When clicking on the buttons or bars to the left, be sure to check for sub-menus, they lead to more detailed information!
While the focus of this site is on Army Air Force and U.S. Air Force air-sea rescue boats, relevant information from U.S. Navy sources is being added, especially information on their 63' boats. There are almost 100 of the 63' Navy boats listed on the "Bulders, Boats, & Dates" pages. I started collecting data because I wanted just a bit more information on my father's service in the Army Air Forces during World War II. When my son was growing up he once said, "Don't ask Dad what time it is; he'll tell you how to build a clock." After looking over this site, you will understand what he meant. 
I am especially anxious to locate the following:
  • 104 Ft. Rescue Boat Operator's Manual
  • Logbooks from Crash boats
  • Diaries of men while serving on crash boats
  • Good quality photos of crash boats and their bases
If you are able to loan any of the above, or other relevant material, please use the "CONTACT US" button to the left to extend your offer, or to make corrections to this site. As new information or features are added to this site you will see notice of it here. Please check back from time to time to check for additional information and photos.
While the AAF/USAF Crash Boat Association is still active, they no longer maintain a separate website but have chosen to sponsor this site. Due to the extensive contributions from its members of photos, manuals, information, and mission reports, this site has become their semi-official home on the web.
 In spite of the many hardships, for many of the men who served on these small boats, it was one of the most outstanding and rewarding periods of their lives. By now, most have passed from this life. I hope this site will keep their memory alive for at least a few years. Please feel free to copy any material on this website for your personal, non-commercial use.

Crash Boats for Sale or Donation

Currently I'm aware of two 63 foot crash boats for sale or donation. The boat for donation is on the East Coast and is in need of extensive restoration. The boat is free but restoring it will be expensive and time consuming.
The Other Boat Is a Beautiful Restoration
P-619, the last 63 ft. crash boat in its original military configuration is on the market for a reduced price of $250,000.00 She is located outside Vancouver, B.C. Canada.  To go directly to her album on this website CLICK HERE.
For contact information on either of these boats, use the "Contact Us" button on the left.