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USCG LORAN STATION,
BATTLE HARBOUR, LABRADOR
By Lieutenant Colonel Ted Allan Morris, United States Air Force (Retired)
USCG LORAN Station,
ABOVE: The USCG LORAN Station, Battle Harbour, Labrador, as seen from the cockpit of a US Coast Guard PBY-5A Catalina bringing supplies and mail.
ABOVE: USCG LORAN Station, Battle Harbour. The Mess Hall, Galley, Recreation Room and living quarters are at the near left. LORAN transmitting equipment and electric generators are at the top right. The two areas are connected by a covered passageway with cement block fire walls at key locations to prevent the spread of fire. Part of the diesel supply is on the platform to the right.
Parachute delivery of supplies and mail.
ABOVE: Aircrew members heave bundles of supplies and mail attached to parachutes. The poles in the background are part of the LORAN transmitter antenna.
ABOVE: USCG PBY-5A flies over the drop zone as aircrew members drop supplies and mail out both blisters.
ABOVE: The parachutes attached to supplies and mail begin to open as the PBY-5A (flying just above stall speed) makes deliveries.
ABOVE: Mail and Supplies settle by parachute to the rocky, snow covered terrain.
ABOVE: LORAN Station personnel rush to retrieve a parachute before the surface winds carry the cargo out of reach, perhaps into the cold waters of the bay in the background.
ABOVE: Station personnel struggle to spill the air from the parachutes attached to the mail and supplies, which will be loaded on the dog sled (in center left of photo) for transport back to the Station.
ABOVE: USCG PBY-5A, trailing a 20-foot pole and attached nylon line, makes a run at the ground pickup rig at the USCG LORAN Station, Battle Harbour, Labrador.
ABOVE: Flying at just above stall speed with the retriever pole and nylon line extended from the tunnel hatch. The aircraft is approaching the ground pickup point from the sea side of the rocky promontory at Battle Harbour.
ABOVE: Contact between the air and ground retrieval systems! The ground system will pull a special hook from the end of the 20-foot long pole which in turn will drag the ground container into the air. The aircrew will haul in the retrieved cargo hand-over-hand. Both systems will need to be re-rigged before the next pick up attempt.
ABOVE: The USCG PBY-5A is only about 20 feet above the rocky terrain as it makes a successful pick up of out-going mail, as well as the parachutes used earlier for cargo delivery.
ABOVE: Another photo of the USCG PBY-5A as it approaches the ground pick up point on the rocky promontory at the LORAN Station, Battle Harbour.
ABOVE: Another photo of the instant of contact between the air and ground retrieval system. The special hook at the end of the nylon line on the aircraft catcher pole has grabbed the ground line. It will drag the ground container into the air. The ground container will be dropped to ground personnel for reuse.
Here's a photo of similar
operations near Point Barrow about 1949.
Copyright by Ted A. Morris, 2000