United States Navy Crew Crashes While On NATO Maneuvers
In The Atlantic
September 24, 1957
To Robert McAuliffe For The Information
Anti submarine squadron VS-36 had been on many cruises that year aboard the USS Valley Forge, and the USS Essex. The Commander was Captain Fredrick W. Oliver, from Pensacola Florida.
On September 24, 1957, the Essex with VS-36, along with the USS Intrepid, USS Forestall were participating with NATO forces in operation 'Strike Back' with the USS Saratoga serving as flagship. Operation Strike Back was taking place above the Arctic Circle, off the coast of Norway.
In the early hours of that date the Saratoga was recovering aircraft when one of their F4D Skyray in the landing pattern crashed into the sea. The airborne Saratoga aircraft were joined by aircraft from the other vessels in search and rescue effort. S2F-2 aircraft with a crew of four from the VS-36 Squadron aboard the Essex joined in the search. Two of the S2F's collided in mid-air and crashed into the sea. An extensive search for the missing ensued. Press releases reported that 11 airmen were feared missing. The New York Times reported the New York area missing as the son of Admiral Mack, and Eugene McAuliffe, both from Brooklyn. The bodies recovered from the S2F crash site could not be identified so the policy for a group burial was followed.
Eugene Joseph McAuliffe
MCAULIFFE, EUGENE JOSEPH
SOLFIELD, BERNARD HERMAN
LANGLOH, WALTHER GUSTEAV
MORELOCK, CHARLES EDWARD
HANSEN, JOHN GEROG
UPDIKE, FARLAND WILBERT JR
TANG, RICHARD WILLIAM