The Navy Hymn
Sailor Aviators Version
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bid'st the mighty Ocean deep
Its' own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to thee,
for those in peril on the sea.
Lord, guard and guide the men who fly
Through the great spaces in the sky.
Be with them always in the air,
In dark'ning storms or sunlight fair.
O, Hear us when we lift our prayer,
For those in peril in the air.
But when at length our course is run,
Our work for home and country done,
Of all the souls that flew and sailed,
Let not one life in thee be failed,
But hear from heaven our sailors cry,
And grant eternal life on high.
May all our departed shipmates rest in peace.
Brunswick Times Record, March 16, 1973
By Bob Chaffee
BRUNSWICK--Search efforts continued this morning for five missing Navy crewmen whose P-3B Orion crashed into the icy Atlantic Thursday afternoon but officials held little hope of finding any survivors.
The plane, out of VP-10, was on a routine training mission when it crashed about 2 p.m. some 40 miles south of NAS Brunswick, Maine according to Ens. Richard Meade, NAS Brunswick, Maine public information officer.
By mid-morning, searchers had recovered only floatable items, Meade said, and the bulk of the aircraft with the men apparently aboard had submerged into the 300 to 600 feet of water below. Water temperature is 38 degrees which Meade said "pretty much precludes survival for any length of time in the water."
Among the materials recovered so far are piences believed to have been part of the wing, one orange life raft still in its case, some floorboards, pieces of insulation, and a cover of one of the electronic devices on the plane. The life raft was one of three normally carried on the Orion.
Search efforts began shortly after a second Orion spotted an oil slick and floating debris in the area yesterday afternoon. Four Coast Guard cutters, two Coast Guard helicopters, and an Orion were involved in search efforts yesterday afternoon and last night. Heavy fog hampered efforts last night and the aircraft had to be recalled until this morning when they returned to the scene.
Although the weather hampered search efforts, Meade said "it was pretty good at the estimated time of the crash" and does not appear to have been a factor although no evidence of the cause of the crash has yet been found.
One Maine man was listed among the missing men, Machinist 1C Wayne C. Clendenning of Vanceboro. Others aboard the aircraft were:
LT Grover R. Caloway of McGeehee, Ark.
Aviation Machinist Chief Jeremiah K. Sullivan Jr. of York, Pa.
AW2 Reginald Lee Walker of Bristol, Ind.
Because of the death of the ocean at the crash site, "salvage efforts would be extremely difficult if attempted at all" according to Meade.
Participating in the search effort are the Coast Guard cutters, Yankton out of Portland, Cape George and Vigilant out of New Bedford, Mass., and the Active from Newcastle. Two helicopters from Cape Cod were also assigned to the search effort.
The five men on board were half the usual number when the Orions are on operational anti-submarine missions and crews number from nine to twelve persons.
Yesterday's crash was the first fatal accident in many years for any of the NAS Brunswick, Maine squadrons operating out of Brunswick. Several fatal crashes have occurred while squadrons were on deployment or operating out of other bases, the most recent being a VP-44 crew lost on a mountain in Morocco last year.
The Orion P-3B is a military version of the Electra manufactured by Lockheed. It is designed for anti-submarine patrols, capable of long non-stop flights at the relatively slow speeds needed for patrol work.
The planes are loaded with sophisticated electronic equipment for submarine detection.
Brunswick Times Record
March 19, 1973
BRUNSWICK--Search efforts have been called off and memorial services were held Sunday for the five Navy crewmen whose P-3B Orion plunged into the ocean some 40 miles south of here Thursday.
Search and rescue efforts begun Thursday afternoon, were officially called of Saturday at dusk, according to Ens. Richard Meade, NAS Brunswick, Maine public information officer.
Sunday's memorial services were attended by more than 1,000 persons. Flags were presented to next-of-kin and taps were played during the service.
The five crewmen, presumed to have perished with the plane, were:
LT Grover R. Caloway, 27, of McGeehee, Ark.
Aviation Machinist Mate Chief Jeremiah K. Sullivan Jr., 32 of Brunswick and York, Pa.
AW2 Reginald Lee Walker, 25, of Bath and Bristol, Ind.
Machinist 1C Wayne C. Clendenning, 34, of Topsham and Vanceboro
The P-3B was on a routine training mission when it crashed into the ocean Thursday afternoon. The crash was first reported by a second P-3B in the area which spotted an oil slick and floating debris.
No explanation of the cause of the crash has yet been found. Rescue efforts by four Coast Guard cutters and two helicopters as well as NAS Brunswick, Maine planes recoverd only floating fragments of the plane. The bulk of the plane with its five-member crew are presumed to have sunk over 300 feet to the ocean floor below.
Meade said this morning no determination has yet been made on whether or not to attempt salvage operations. "The depth in that area would make salvage very difficult," he said.
April 4, 1973
Plane Crash Kills Five
BRUNSWICK, Maine--Five Navy men died March 15 when their P-3 Orion plane crashed into the ocean 40 miles south of here.
The Navy identified the dead as:
LT Grover R. Caloway
Chief Aviation Machinist's Mate Jeremiah K. Sullivan
Aviation Machinist's Mate First Wayne Clendenning
Aviation ASW Operator Second Reginald L. Walker
"...I was on the VP-44 aircraft that found the crash site of the VP-10 Mishap (March 15th, 1973). I was on the AIRLANT NATOPS Team as the SS3 Evaluator. We had flown in the then numbered LD-2 the day before doing a tube NATOPS check. When I was in VP-10, six years before this mishap, this aircraft was numbered LD-6, and it was assigned to my crew, Crew 6. I had many flight hours in this aircrft..." Contributed by CDR David FAY Retired firstname.lastname@example.org.." [06MAR2015]
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