HMAS AIR VIEW
63 FOOT AIR SEA RESCUE BOAT
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WW2
Air-Sea Rescue Boats (63 Foot)
HMAS Air View (923) was built by Fellows & Stewart Inc., USA. It was launched in 1944 and it was commissioned on 20 November 1944.
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.
In February 1946 HMAS Air View was in Brisbane for refit.
HMAS Air View was placed into reserve on 30 September 1946 and subsequently transferred to the RAAF in 1949.
Royal Australian Navy A - Z, Ships, Aircraft and
by J.H. Straczek
© Peter Dunn 2006
This page first produced 24 February 2008
This page last updated 24 February 2008