Air Sea Rescue Squadron


Object Number - UPL 28691 - Inspecting a life raft dropped from the wing of a P-47 thunderbolt: L to R: Maj Gen William E Kepner, Gen Jesse Auton, Gen Carl A Spaatz, Lt Gen...

What was known as the Air Sea Rescue Squadron, which had been formed in May 1944, was redesignated the 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron in January 1945.The Squadron flew its first operation on 10 May 1944. The Group flew 3616 sorties, 3520 being effective, before the war's end. The vast majority of these sorties were with P-47s but 16 sorties were flown with B-17s and 119 with OA-10As.

Commanding Officers

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-659807
  • Highest Rank: Captain


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Boxted 1 May 1944 - 16 January 1945


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 2nd Air Division 65th Fighter Wing 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron Air Sea Rescue Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11094051
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot of PBY with 5th ERS


Date1 Jul 2016 19:04:18
ContributorRichard Boxted

from 65th fighter wing documents via Boxted Airfield Museum

Date1 Jul 2016 09:25:22
ContributorLucy May
Date9 Apr 2015 22:02:27

my photo

Date27 Sep 2014 18:42:52

The Mighty Eighth. A History of the Units, Men and Machines of the US 8th Air Force.' by Roger A. Freeman (1989). 'Air Force Combat Units of World War II' compiled by the Department of the US Air Force, edited by Maurice Maurer (1983).

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