Helicopter on Saipan 1944

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  1. okidonn

    okidonn New Member

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    Here is a photo I have of a Sikorsky R-4 helicopter taken on Saipan between 13 Dec 44 and 30 Jun 45.

    1944-45 saipan004.jpg

    If anyone has any additional info. on this helicopter I would appreciate anything you have.
    Thanks
     
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    vikingBerserker Well-Known Member

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    Very cool! It possibly is one of the ones assigned to the USAAF Floating Aircraft Repair and Maintenance Units which included 6 Liberty Ships and each one had 2 x R-4's assigned to them. They were used to ferry repair parts and personnel to help repair aircraft. In theory they could also serve to pickup downed crews in the water, however I'm not sure if that ever happened. I know they were used for a major medical evac operation on land.

    Sikorsky Archives | R-4 First Military
     
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    syscom3 Pacific Historian

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    Great picture!
     
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    Gnomey World Travelling Doctor
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    Cool shot!
     
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    Wow didn't even know they were in the theatre!
     
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