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Pearl Harbor Admiral's Barge – TORCHED?
Photos added on May 22, 2019
The admiral’s barge for the Commander In Charge Pacific Fleet is the last 63' rescue boat still in U.S. military service and is based at Pearl Harbor. On Sunday, May 19,2019 at 3:00AM (9:00AM EDT) she caught fire. Fortunately, there were no casualties.
Early indications are that it was arson. Unofficial reports also indicate that security was poor and that all closed-circuit cameras were old and inoperable. Official sources are not releasing much information. For photos of the boat both before and after the fire click here and scroll to the bottom of the page. Click on the photos to enlarge them.
Although my records are not perfect, they show C-3007 was built by Knutson Shipbuilding in Halesite, NY in 1957 and was one of nine boats built for the navy. That was the last contract for 63ft. air-sea rescue boats issued by the navy.  In November, 1957 she was assigned to Naval Air Station Rota, Spain but returned to Norfolk in March, 1960 as excess. She was then stored for five years before being shipped to Hawaii in July, 1965. There she was converted to function as the admiral’s barge.  In 2011, forty some years later, she underwent $142,000 in repairs and upgrades.
President Donald Trump, accompanied by First Lady Melania, was the last president  aboard her, using her for transport to the USS Arizona Memorial on November, 3, 2017.
Let’s hope the boat is repairable and is not scrapped and replaced with a teak trimmed giant Clorox bottle.

What's New

4/27/2019 - New section added, Non-Standard Operations, located just below the Korean War button. Covers the military service of rescue boats, mostly after the end of their service as rescue boats. Beach Jumpers were were active during WW II but the torpedo and missile retrivers were in use primarily in the 1950s and 1960s. Check out the section for the details.


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, 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.
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 Next Two Boats are Beautiful Restorations
P-619, the last 63 ft. crash boat in its original military configuration has just come on the market for $350,000.00 she is located outside Vancouver, B.C. Canada.  To go directly to her album on this website CLICK HERE. To see the listing on Craig's List CLICK HERE
P-520, the last 85 ft. crash boat in its original military configuration is available to an accredited museum with the ability to cover delivery costs and future maintenence. . To view photos of the boat, click on the PHOTO & MISSIONS button to the left, then click on the 85 ft. Album and scroll down toward the bottom. To see dditional photos of P-520 CLICK HERE.
For contact information on any of these boats, use the "Contact Us" button on the left.