Coast Guard Aviation Tragedies

Adak Crash of PBY-5A
July 18, 1943

By Ken Freeze

Reprinted By Permission


Coast Guard PBY-5A, V-189, was specially outfitted at Air Station San Diego with a nine-lens-camera for mapping the Aleutian Islands.

Crew of Coast Guard PBY-5 V-189, Joseph Sosbee standing on left - rest of crew:

LCDR George O. Olson
CDR H.A. Bolles, USN
ENS J.A. Sosbee, USC & GS
ENS R. B. Elliott USC & GS
AMMC E. C. Isakson
RM2 A. A. Boeke
AMM3 C. K. Drennen


The nine-lens camera used for the mapping survey.

This camera could photograph 313 square miles of terrain with one shot of the shutter at 21,780 feet.


Mount Moffett on Adak.

Remains of Coast Guard PBY (08055) V-189 on Mount Moffett, Adak, Alaska.

After the crash the nine-lens camera was recovered and reinstalled into a Coast Guard B-17 



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