In 1946 a Sabena Airlines DC-4 crashed in the dense forests of Newfoundland. This video recalls the unique and complex rescue of 18 survivors by a team of Army, Coast Guard and Air Force personnel. It was one of the first effective uses of the helicopter for rescue work.
This program includes actual film and photographs of the rescue underway and also features a narrative by one of the Coast Guard helicopter pilots, CDR Stewart Graham (ret).
Army Captain Samuel Preston Martin, MD was instrumental in organizing the lifesaving effort. He was posthumously awarded the USCG Legion of Merit in 2007 - 41 years after the rescue. This video was first shown at that award ceremony.