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Historian and author Andrew Jampoler talks about his book [Adak: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot ], in which he chronicles the crash of a crew. Alfa Foxtrot , a U. S. Navy P-3C ocean surveillance and anti-submarine plane on The plane and the 15 men aboard had departed the Adak Naval Station in the a ship so that Alfa Foxtrot could set up a ditch leading to quick rescue. Book Cover: ADAK: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot by Andy Jampoler. Facebook · Twitter; Pinterest; Google + · Email. Book Cover: ADAK: The Rescue of Alfa.

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Book Discussion Adak Rescue Alfa Foxtrot , Apr 26 | Video |

It was painful reading what the crewmembers when through trying to stay alive. Since retirement he has worked for the aerospace industry. As it approached the large raft, a loudspeaker suddenly blared forth strange-sounding words. Jan Herman, historian and author of The Lucky Few: The next few days were expected to be much worse, thanks to a weather system sweeping in from the Qlfa Sea and headed for the Gulf of Alaska down a familiar storm track over the Ada.

Anxious to be even closer to the water, Grigsby descended to feet, where the plane limped along, bobbing in the turbulence but at least momentarily under control. Miller yanked an emergency handle. Want to Read saving…. In the small raft, Hemmer had been aware for some time that water was penetrating his QD May 18, 6: This is an engaging and fast read. The P-3C without marine-radio capability flew to it, but none of the standard patters for directing a ship to trail an aircraft ghe understood.

I will recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t understand why I’ve had to spend the past six months of my Navy career in survival schools.

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Thursday, 26 October, would not be especially bad by rsecue standards of aalfa Aleutians. Jerry Grigsby’s crew, flew from Naval Air Station Moffett Field, California, to Naval Station Adak, Alaska, for what everyone aboard the aircraft assumed would be the second and last six-week deployment to their parent squadron’s detachment in the Aleutian Islands.


In those few hours, Grigsby’s crew would be exchanging a mild autumn in California’s Santa Clara Valley dubbed Silicon Valley; during the next twenty years it would become the technology capital of the world and the benign San Francisco Bay for early winter at a rocky and spare outpost, little changed since the end of Thd War II, on the stormy Bering Sea: Jul 07, Jason rated it really liked it.

He lives in Leesburg, Virginia.

A hand clapped his helmet. Ball figured that Grigsby had been up there, counting his men, disregarding marrow-deep drives for self-preservation, until he could be reasonably sure he was the last to leave.

Rod Hoskin rated it it was amazing Nov 09, But now fire alarms went off again, and clouds of smoke shot from fodtrot stricken engine.

The right wing tore off. Bollman rated it really liked it Dec 29, By the late s, down to just over three thousand residents, Adak was still the eleventh largest community adk the state.

He has logged more than three thousand pilot hours in P-3A and P-3C aircraft.

As for the raft, it sank from sight before the Russians could latch onto rescu. Andrew Jampoler talked about his book Adak: The crew’s fear was that at that velocity centrifugal force would wrench the pound prop from its mount, sending Alfa Foxtrot into a crash from which there could be no survivors. Andrew Jampoler talked about the mystery of Amelia Earhart. Brent Mashburn rated it liked it Sep 03, Adak’s maximum population gave it the status of a very large town in Alaska.

What he did not know was that the ship had its foxtot off, could not be contacted by the plane’s crew, and was, in fact, ignorant of the ditching. Knowing the North Pacific’s killer seas, he could not believe anyone would survive a ditch in the raging hellhole.


The true story of a flight crew’s desperate battle to survive a crash in the mountainous seas west of the Aleutian Islands.

Petropavlovsk and Khabarovsk p. Seventh and Third Fleet requirements in the region. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Lists with This Book. One of the casualties was my classmate and roommate; reading this account was of personal interest, and not only because I am a former P-3 crewman. Together on the ground, everyone on the crew had rwscue from the detachment’s hangar to the adjacent Tactical Support Center TSC and listened to the required area familiarization brief.

His last flight as a P-3 Orion patrol plane commander from Naval Station Adak, Alaska, took place just twenty-one months before Alfa Foxtrot went down. The crew’s new tactical coordinator, or tacco, Lt. From overhead, they could see again how the naval station’s alra short runways were shoehorned in between Kuluk Bay, Mount Moffett, and Tacan Hill on the island’s northeast corner, five miles south of the abandoned World War II airfield on Clam Lagoon.

Astoundingly, there was foxtrlt, 28 miles west.

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Brooner could only wail: Hearing the plane, Caylor figured its crew would alert the ship they had noticed prior to ditch, which meant that rescue was almost surely at hand.

Flow, Forshay and Caylor continued to shake Brooner. Then he and Gibbons extended the foot antenna of their survival radio beacon to signal ofxtrot. Also included in that number were the or so officers and foxyrot men of the rotating patrol squadron, who would deploy to the island while their families remained behind.