Post Written by Public Affairs Specialist 2nd Class Dan Bender
The flight crew aboard the HH-3F helicopter CG-1432 was on an rescue mission 180 miles southeast of Cape Cod Feb. 18, 1979 when they crashed. They were preparing to airlift a 47-year-old crewman from the Japanese fishing vessel Kaisei Maru 18.
Lt. Cdr. James Stiles, Canadian Forces, Coast Guard Capt. G. Richard Burge, and Coast Guard Petty Officers 2nd Class John Tait and Bruce Kaehler all perished in the accident. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Torr was the lone survivor.