Boat & Master Crew Lists Updated
5/18/2021 - The first major update of the Builders, Boats & Dates database, as well as the Master Crew List database has just been posted. This is the first major update since last August. Where available, the service number of the crewman has replaced the Nickname field as it was not found to be very helpful. The new ownership of EasyNetSites has made changes in the background to make it easier keep both databases more current going forward.
What's New OSS & 7th ERBS
5-16-2021 - In the "Experimental Boats" album, under Photos & Missions information has been added about John L Hacker, the designer of the 94' experimental crash boat.
5-8-2021 - The "Non-Standard Operations" has been redesignated "Special & OSS Operations", with submenus separating the post rescue boat era from the OSS and special wartime operations. In addition, additional material has been added to the Special & OSS operations. Crew photos have been added to the OSS photo album as well.
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.
Note: This website is not affiliated with crash boat P-520. She is reported to be in Cambridge, MD waiting to be hauled out for maintenance as of late May and expected to cruise the Chesepeake over the summer of 2021. If you see her outside of the Chesepeake Bay please report her location to this website via the Contact Us button to the left. The same group that owns P-520 also is associated (owns?) with the sub USS Ling and they do not appear to have a permanent home for either vessel at the moment. I do not want to lose track of the last 85' rescue boat in military configuration.