An­other Char­lie Baker Ge­orge-re­lated hon­our

U.S. Coast Guard ship to be named af­ter Oliver F. Berry

The Beacon (Gander) - - Editorial - FISH­ERY

A few weeks ago Frank Tibbo re­ceived a call from Cap­tain (re­tired) Robert Grant of the United States Coast Guard. Cap­tain Grant wanted to know if Tibbo was the one who wrote the book Char­lie Baker Ge­orge about the 1946 crash of the Sabena OOCBG.

The pur­pose of the call was to ad­vise that the U.S. Coast Guard has de­cided to name their new ship af­ter Oliver F. Berry.

Berry was the chief me­chanic in charge of the he­li­copters used in the res­cue of the Char­lie Baker Ge­orge sur­vivors.

Tak­ing the he­li­copters apart in or­der to air­lift them on trans­port air­craft, and putting them back to­gether when they ar­rived in Gan­der was crit­i­cal to the op­er­a­tion.

Berry, con­sid­ered the world’s first ex­pert on the main­te­nance of he­li­copters, re­ceived many awards — how­ever, the Sabena res­cue was con­sid­ered his most im­por­tant achieve­ment.

The Coast Guard es­tab­lished an an­nual award named af­ter Berry, is­sued to an out­stand­ing air­craft tech­ni­cian who best fol­lowed Berry’s tra­di­tion.

The Ship, a Sen­tinel class cut­ter, will be com­mis­sioned in Oc­to­ber, and will be based in Hawaii.

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Oliver F. Berry

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