U.S. Crash Boats Emblem
U.S. Crash Boats

Declaration of Independence Day

Happy Birthday U.S.A., July 4th, 1776

During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the thirteen colonies from Great Britain in 1776 actually occurred on July 2, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain's rule.[5][6] After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it two days later on July 4.(fSource: Wikipedia)

The Declaration of Independence is the first of our bedrock documents, the other two being the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

A nice trubute: https://www.youtube.com/embed/2eBxVxO0nh4

New in June

July 1, 2020 - Information has been added in Non-Standard Operations covering the 7th ERBS in the China, Burma, India theater of operations. They were working closely with the OSS in addition to their regular rescue duties.  An involved rescue by the P-564 as soon as she was delivered to the C.B.I. has been added to the Mission Reports. Photos of some of the deceptive measures taken by rescue boats and the OSS have been added to the World War II Album in Photos & Missions.
104’ Rescue Boats – Upgraded plan drawings have been added in the 104’ Album in the Photos & Missions section.

Start of the Korean War

June 25, 2020 marked the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. We salute all Korean War veterans and thank them for their service.


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 Next Two Boats are Beautiful Restorations
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.
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 additional photos of P-520 CLICK HERE. She was on loan to the Morro Bay Maritime Museum for the summer but has returned to her home port of Long Beach, CA and still available to the right museum.
For contact information on any of these boats, use the "Contact Us" button on the left.