HMAS AIR SAILOR
63 FOOT AIR SEA RESCUE BOAT
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WW2

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Air-Sea Rescue Boats (63 Foot)

 

HMAS Air Sailor (926) was built by Fellows & Stewart Inc., USA. It was launched in 1944 and commissioned on 8 November 1944.


Photo:- G. Churchill

There was a good working relationship between the RAN A.S.R. Boat
Crews and the RAAF Marine Section. Here Marine Section Personnel take
a taxi  ride service on “HMAS Air Sailor” from the Supply ship to shore.

924 HMAS Air Cloud was the first Air Boat to go to West Bay, No.58 OBU to replace HMAS Coongoola, which then returned to Darwin. HMAS Air Cloud suffered propeller damage on a reef and therefore had to return to Darwin so was replaced by 912 HMAS Air Foam (it is believed). Later 926 HMAS Air Sailor and 923 HMAS Air View took up Station at West Bay (RAAF Truscott) in the Kimberlies of W.A.  During that period the Marine Section Officer was FLGOFF Stewart Brownson.

HMAS Air Sailor was paid off on 31 August 1946 and it was later transferred to the RAAF in 1949.

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

Royal Australian Navy A - Z, Ships, Aircraft and Shore Establishments
by J.H. Straczek

Marine Section - The Forgotten Era of Men & Vessels
by Leslie R. Jubbs

 

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