This data was submitted on: Monday, August 17, 1998 at 21:05:24

Aime Vanderbusse
Country: Spirit Lake Id USA
Bld #:
Workplace:
From To:
Wrote:  

I was not pernematly stationed at Thule, I was there on several occasions with the USAF and then with FSI as a contractor, I also worked on the DEW line and spent most of my time on Dye 2 and Dye 4.  I did enjoy my trips up there and would like to return and visit again. 
Your Web Site is excellent


This data was submitted on: Friday, July 16, 1999 at 20:28:36

William N. Hull
Country: Anaheim, CA, USA
Bld #:
Workplace: Retired; Hughes Aircarft co.
From To: Summer '52 and Winter '53.
Wrote:  

Temporary duty twice, sent from base in Newfoundland.


This data was submitted on: Tuesday, Januar 29, 1998 at 11:57:30

Carl-Eric Falbe-Hansen
Country: Lyngby - Danmark
Bld #: the tent village
Workplace: the tool warehouse
From To: April l956 - Dec. 1956
Wrote:  

Tak for kigget på Dine billeder. Jeg var navnlig interesseret i Din homepage, idet jeg i 1956 selv var på Thule Air Base blandt det første hold danske arbejdere deroppe. Det er jo et par år siden. Desværre var der ikke nogen billeder fra selve basen. Nu er den vel blevet temmelig stor. Dengang boede vi i telte, foret med glasuld.
Hav det godt.
Carl-Eric.


This data was submitted on: Monday, August 30, 1999 at 01:34:29

William Ivill Mailto: William Ivill
Country: Lilburn, GA, USA
Bld #:
Workplace:
From To: 9-56 - 8-57
Wrote:  

Great place to get homesick. Nice pictures. I wonder where Jimmie Hazemoto is now.


This data was submitted on: Friday, September 4, 1998 at 18:27:11
Home:(http://www.voai.org)
Country: Stuart, Florida
Hometitle: Victory Over Addiction International, Inc.
Bld #:
Workplace:
From To: in 1949
Wrote:  

Bill Macdowell

Email to: Bill Macdowell


This data was submitted on: Saturday, May 15, 1999 at 13:23:34

Bob Rowland
Country: Camp Hill Pa.USA
Bld #: Thule Officers Quarters #721
Workplace:
From To: July 1957 To:July 1958
  

I was operations officer for the Civil Engineering Sqdn. Enjoyed my stay, climbing glaciers, visiting Danish friends in Dundas. Iniated project "WHITE LIGHTNING" to rehab at the bldgs, especially the leaking roofs. Never heard of the outcome.


This data was submitted on: Wednesday, April 28, 1999 at 01:34:17

Bob Wegner
Country: San Clemente, CA, USA
Bld #: BOQ
Workplace: Base Weather
From To: 1954 - 1955
Wrote:  

Was DETCO Base Wx from July 54 to June 55. Was pilot and flew C-47s(with skis) to Sites 1 and 2. plus around local area and to New Thule. Flew support for downed C-47 in spring 55. Went to survival school on icecap east of Thule AB in Spring of 55. It was an interesting tour.


This data was submitted on: Thursday, December 3, 1998 at 20:12:25

Darryl Catton
Country: Canada
Bld #:
Workplace: Canadian Airforce
From To: 1957 - 1957
Wrote:  

I was 18 yrs old and part of a crew of 29 C.M.U.personel who left Lincoln Park (Calgary) for Thule Greenland and Alert N.W.T. The project was supervised by W02 Morgan. We spent a month as guests of the American Airforce at Thule Greenland. While there we loaded 124 Globemaster aircraft day and night with building material left there by ship to be transported to Alert for the construction of a new base 449 miles from the geographic North Pole. After we went to Alert for 3 months to construct the base. I am looking for any/all of the men who were there at the same time I was. Here is a list of their names:

  • LAC J. POIRIER
  • LAC P. FITZPATRICK
  • LAC ROBERT HYDE
  • LAC H. TUGGEY
  • LAC MIKE BLOW
  • LAC BOB MCEWAN
  • LAC J. CLEMENT
  • LAC J. ROBERGE
  • LAC W. COSSER
  • LAC J. BELANGER
  • LAC A HARRIS
  • SGT. J. LUGG
  • LAC SAM RYAN
  • LAC M. BLACKETT
  • LAC R. MACDONALD
  • LAC E. MORGAN
  • LAC J. PHIMISTER
  • CORP. J. PARDOE
  • CORP. ONISHENKO
  • LAC R. ADAM
  • LAC W. GUSTAFSON
  • LAC P. LANGFIELD
  • CORP. H. EMBREE
  • LAC ARSENAULT
  • CORP. DUNDAS
  • W02 MORGAN

    I am also intersted in contacting anyone who was:

  • -in 2CMU during 1956-1958, especially in Thule & Alert
  • -anyone stationed in GooseBay Labrador 1958-1959
  • -anyone stationed in Comox 1959 - 1962
  • -anyone stationed in Resolute Bay in 1963

    Darryl Catton
    box 445
    Tumbler Ridge
    British Columbia
    Canada
    VOC 2WO
    thanks !


  • This data was submitted on: Wednesday, May 20, 1998 9:09 PM

    Dick Wangler
    Country: USA
    Bld. #: near Base Ops.
    Workplace: Antenna team, North/south montain.
    Period:Sep. 1952 To Dec. 1952.
    Wrote:

    Hello  Steffen
      We arrived in Thule in September 1952  to construct Hi-Freq  antennas  at the Trransmitter   and Reciever Sites  (These locations were referred to locally as North& South Mountains)
    If I can remember that far back I think we erected  between 25---35  antenna towers total and started installing  antennas on them, We had approx 50% of the antennas up  When we were pulled back to our unit in Andrews AFB Maryland, This was just before Christmas of 52.  I later recieved another asignment and did not return to Thule. Although I was only there approx 3 months , Itoo have some fond memories of the place.  In the summer of 1953 I did return to Greenland but not quite as far north, We had another job in Sondrestrom Fjord  and I was there about 6 months. Prior to these two trips , I spent about six months in Narsarsuak, this was in, I think, 1948 or 1949. Then finally in the spring of 1966 I made a short inspection trip (To survey a Radome installation job )  in "Kulusuk" Straight across the Ice Cap from Sondrestrom. So Steffen that is the extent of my Greenland experience . I hope I haven't bored you to much Getting back to Thule, I cant remember exactly where our billets were, I remember it was about 2--3 blocks distance from Base Ops and the Billets resembled  large walk-in refrigerators with overhead steamlines running everywhere. It was indeed a pleasure "talking to you". I'm fairly new at this "cyber world" so as I get a little smarter I'll attempt to send you some old Photos (If I can find them))
    Until then   Take care
    Dick


    This data was submitted on: Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 20:47:36

    Erik Hoejby
    Country: Greve, Denmark
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To: 1955 - 1959
    Wrote:  

    I was born in 1955 and came to Thule with my father and mother ( Fot and Piv )who lived in Dundas.


    This data was submitted on: Tuesday, August 25, 1998 at 15:22:14

    Floyd R. Conklin
    Country: Vancouver, Wa. USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To: 8/4/51 - Feb 1952
    Wrote:  

    I worked for North Atlantic Constructors. I worked on the construction of the first barracks and mess hall built at Thule


    This data was submitted on: Saturday, October 3, 1998 at 00:10:23

    George C Nelson
    Country: Stockholm,USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace: 74th Ftr Interceptor Sqdn.
    From To: Jan 56 - July56
    Wrote:  

    Looking for personnel that were stationed at Thule 1954-1955. With the 74th Ftr Interceptor Sqdn. We have had four reunions and the 5th one is to be held in Cocoa Beach Fl September 1999


    This data was submitted on: Thursday, September 3, 1998 at 00:26:57

    Jerry Kalkofen
    Country: Adell WI USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To: 07/56 - 07/57
    Wrote:  

    Air/Ground Radio Operator 1983rd AACS Squadron USAF


    This data was submitted on: Wednesday, August 5, 1998 at 06:27:20

    Jerry Sommer
    Country: Findlay,Ohio, U.S.A.
    Bld #: 433
    Workplace: Confederate Electronics
    From To: Feb 1957 - Feb 1958
    Wrote:

    Nice pics, but couldn't get the one of Thule from the air to load. I want to go back up there again and look around. I had a good time up there.
    Jerry Sommer


    This data was submitted on: Sunday, August 1, 1999 at 20:44:31

    Jesse Walton
    Country: Marco Island, Florida, USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To:
    Wrote:  

    I flew U.S. Air Force C-54 aircraft in support of Thule and other U.S.bases in Greenland 1953-1955. It was tough flying. I remember how it was at Thule.

    Jesse Walton


    This data was submitted on: Tuesday, December 1, 1998 at 02:42:13

    John Annese
    Country: Burlington, Ma. 01803 USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To: Dec 55 - Dec 56
    Wrote:  

    in 1956 the ground was covered with snow and ice yearround looking at your photo's the ground is clear. could this be global warming, something to think about. somewhere in my attic i have some pictures taken from the top of the parachute tower in 1956 if you would like them email me your address, i will send them to you if i can find them. keep up the good work goodby for now

    John.


    This data was submitted on: Tuesday, December 15, 1998 at 04:01:18

    John Moore
    Country: Manassas Park, VA, USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To: 25 may 1951 - 31 aug 1951
    Wrote:  

    Went there during Operartion "Blue Jay". The initial phase of establishing the air base there. I was aboard the USS Krishna, ARL 38. We carried some engineers and equipment, but our main purpose was to repair and maintain other ships and equipment.Its good to hear from others who have been there. When we first got there, they sank an LST on the beach to act as a pier. There was no runway of course, so the mail planes would just fly over and kick the bags out the door. We were frozen in the ice for two weeks on the way up there, waiting for an ice-breaker to come free us. It was the experience of my life, and I wish I could do it all over again.
    Best wishes,
    John Moore

    It is with deep sadness that I have to report my Dad, John Moore, lost his battle with lung cancer. He died this past Sunday, September 26, 2004, 7:25pm eastern standard time.
    Patricia Moore Mosby


    This data was submitted on: Thursday, June 11, 1998 at 19:52:54

    John Gylland.
    Country: Newton, Wi USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To: 1956
    Wrote:

    It was very enjoyable visiting my old temporary home in the arctic.
    Excellent Site .


    This data was submitted on: Monday, May 4, 1998 at 03:01:56

    Kenneth Moser
    Country: USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To:
    Wrote:  

    I was the radar maintenance officer (USAF) on P mountain from Nov.1954 to Nov. 1955. Iwould like very much to hear from anyone who was at Thule and possibly P mountain. Thanks for your web site


    This data was submitted on: Thursday, June 24, 1999 at 04:30:59

    L. Dennis Shapiro
    Country: Chestnut Hill, MA USA
    Bld #: North Mountain
    Workplace: IGY Station North Mountain
    From To: 6/57 - 5/58
    Wrote:  

    Air Force International Geophysical Year Station


    This data was submitted on: Sunday, September 13, 1998 at 07:49:23

    Laura Ross
    Country: Minneapolis, USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To:
    Wrote:  

    I wasn't at Thule but my father was in 1954. He was in the Air Force. He took slides then which look very much like yours Steffen. Its so nice to have your narrative, as he passed away in 1963 and I have only been able to invent my own words to the sights he captured on film. Best wishes to you, and thanks.


    This data was submitted on: Monday, May 4, 1998 at 04:33:54

    Larry Pensel
    Country: Guttenberg,Iowa USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To:
    Wrote:  

    I served in Thule from Oct 1957 to Sep 1958 as GCA RADAR repair tech. 1883 AACS. Sq. as I recall. While there I held the Amateur radio call KG1AK. I also operated the NCO club station running phone patches for members. The Base Commander was also a ham but dont recall his name or call. I welcome inquiries and updates.


    This data was submitted on: Sunday, July 18, 1999 at 22:36:03

    Leroy W. Ming
    Country: Eau Claire, Wi. USA
    Bld #: ?
    Workplace: HQ 1983 AACS Sq
    From To: 1953 To: 1954
    Wrote:  

    Be happy to hear from somwone. Did some boxing at the gym. Spent an awful lot of time at the gym. Also we had I believe the first Track Meet at the base. I took one trip of a supply dump for Island T-3. Many more memories to share.


    This data was submitted on: Wednesday, May 6, 1998 at 02:02:48

    Paul  A  Speen
    Country: Garden City Mi.   USA
    Wrote:

    I served in the 549TH AAA BND-BTRY at Thule from Aug. 53 thru June 54. Our site was on a high bluff overlooking the airbase & Northstar bay
    Back then we spent a lot of time on alert manning those 90 MM guns. It's been nearly 45 yrs ago bot i'll never forget my time in Thule.
    sure would be good to hear from someone who was in the 549TH AAA back then..
    Paul


    This data was submitted on: Saturday, August 8, 1998 at 02:05:45

    Robert Rester, MD
    Country: Brandon,Ms 39042,USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To: May 1953  to June 1954
    Wrote: 

    I was with USAF as a GCA maintenance man. 


    This data was submitted on: Sunday, July 11, 1999 at 20:56:02

    Roland H. Swanson
    Country: Boynton Beach, Fl. USA
    Bld #: barracks ships
    Workplace:
    From To: May 1951 - Sept.1951
    Wrote:  

    I was the signal officer (CPT)for 373rd Transportation Major Port, under General Witcomb. E-mail from old buddies is welcome. Currently at summer email address.

    Roland


    This data was submitted on: Sunday, June 27, 1999 at 14:44:39

    Steve Latza
    Country: Satellite Beach, FL USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To: 2/57 - 2/58
    Wrote:  

    I worked as an aircraft engine mechanic. The aircraft in the squadron were SA-16s, a SC-54, H-19, H-21.


    This data was submitted on: Monday, November 1, 1999 at 19:36:35

    William Lagarde

    William Lagarde
    Country:
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To: june/july 1951
    Wrote:  

    I wasn't in the Air Force but in the summer of 1951 was quartermaster (helmsman) on MV G.W. Codrington, a Moran seagoing tug. In Baltimore Md we were told only that we would take a tow north. We all had papers validated for "emergency service" and suspected we would be involved in a classified operation after we were briefed by an Air Force colonel. We left Baltimore towing two LST's that had been cut down to the tank deck and told to steer for the Belle Isle straits. We learned our destination at that point. There were a total of seven boats all towing LST's except one towing a large floating crane. We rendezvoused with USS Monrovia in Baffin Bay to replenish our water supply. We were in communication with the other boats and the Coast Guard icebreaker Eastwind by radio telephone and stayed in sight of some of them until we became icebound. We stayed in one spot for over twenty days until Eastwind broke us free and had us follow her into a lead. Her helicopter was airborne almost constantly searching for openings.


    Our tow was strung out a half mile until we got in the ice and forced to negotiate icebergs. We then shortened up as much as possible. We were able to make seven knots with the tow and twelve on the return trip where we were alone and sometimes broke our own way through the ice.

    There was much speculation among the crew as to what the LST's could be used for. They resembled barges and had several concrete filled 20MM gun tubs and anchor chain on the deck. We learned on arrival at Thule they were to be used as finger piers.

    Although I had no heavy clothing I layered up and only went out on deck when necessary. I don't remember being cold and lost track of night and day..

    Willie Lagarde


    This data was submitted on: Monday, March 27, 2000 at 05:12:35

    William Bowling
    Country: Statesville, USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace: Weather Base Operations
    From To: 1956 to 1957
    Wrote:  

    Detached 4 months Greenland Ice Cap - ETAH Would like to hear from anyone there during this time period.

    This data was submitted on: Wednesday, December 29, 1999 at 00:37:45

    Andrew D. Greenwell
    Country: Hampton, Va. USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace: USNS LST 287
    From To: June 1951 to: July 1951
    Wrote:  

    After completing my studies for the year at the University of Maryland, I received a lengthy telegram from the Navy Department asking me to return to sea. So I accepted employment in the engine room aboard USNS LST 287 and sailed in June 1951 from Norfolk, Va. on Operation Blue Jay. Captain Olson was master of ship.


    This data was submitted on: Saturday, April 22, 2000 at 02:12:47

    Addison Minott
    Country: Guilford, Vermont
    Bld #: Corps of Engrs and ice cap
    Workplace: Thule and ice cap radar station N33
    From To: 1952 to:1954
    Wrote:  

    Lt with Northeast District, US Army Corps of Engineers. Worked on construction of air base and facilities and then air reconnaissance for N33 and N34 ice cap radar stations. Spent summer on construction of N33. Also conducted SNOCOMP research on ice cap.Loved Greenland and someday hope to go back without the security restrictions


    This data was submitted on: Sunday, April 9, 2000 at 19:36:07

    Gordon Puff
    Country: Reading, Massachusetts
    Bld #:
    Workplace: Headquarters
    From To: May 1954 to May 1955
    Wrote:  

    During my time at Thule I won the base handball championship and went to the Command championships at Argentia Naval Station in Newfoundland in November 1954. It was a great 10 day trip (vacation) in the middle of my one year tour breaking it up nicely. Leaving Thule below `0` dry cold and arriving in Newfoundland `45` damp and rainy "warmer" I about "froze to death". All in all, my Thule experience was a positive one....


    This data was submitted on: Monday, December 27, 1999 at 04:24:37

    Earl (Bill) Stokes Mailto
    Country: Creighton, Neb. 68729
    Bld #: Tents with 746 Enginer Hvy. Shop
    Workplace: Next to the air strip
    From To: May 51 to:Aug. 51
    Wrote:  

    Real great place to visit.


    This data was submitted on: Saturday, June 10, 2000 at 06:58:21

    Darold L. Underwood
    Country: Riverside,USA
    Bld #: can't recall
    Workplace: Loadmaster C-124 TDY
    From To: 6-54 to 8-54
    Wrote:  

    Was with the 5th Aerial Port Squadron. We were re-suppling the radar site on the ice cap.With the 63rd Troop Carrier Wing.Donaldson AFB Greenville S.C. It was quite a trip. We usually got lost as soon as the gear came up.


    This data was submitted on: Friday, June 16, 2000 at 21:20:05

    Adolph E. Rabel
    Country: Frankston, Tx. USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace: Army/AF Exchange Service
    From To: 1957-1960
    Wrote:  

    Appreciate hearing from former co-workers


    This data was submitted on: Thursday, April 13, 2000 at 03:37:32

    Addison D. Minott
    Country: Guilford, Vermont
    Bld #: Thule and ice cap radar station N33
    Workplace: Corps of Engrs and ice cap
    From To: 1952 to 1954
    Wrote:  

    Spent two years in Thule and on the ice cap and loved every minute of it.Most of my time was involved in ice cap reconnaissance to locate the sites for the the two radar sites, overseeing the airdrops and representing the Corps at the westerly site. Would like to locate a Major Bailey (USAF) who crashed in a C47 on the ice cap. I was first at the site and have momentos from the plane.
    Lt with Northeast District, US Army Corps of Engineers. Worked on construction of air base and facilities and then air reconnaissance for N33 and N34 ice cap radar stations. Spent summer on construction of N33. Also conducted SNOCOMP research on ice cap.Loved Greenland and someday hope to go back without the security restrictions


    This data was submitted on: Monday, July 3, 2000 at 00:04:32

    Don Melvin
    Country: Madbury, NH
    Bld #:
    Workplace: Off base construction sites.
    From To: 0553 to 0154
    Wrote:  

    I worked for Metcalf & Eddy as an electrical inspector during the third year of the construction phase.


    This data was submitted on: Sunday, July 16, 2000 at 01:08:52

    William E. Poulos
    Country: Yuba City, California, USA
    Bld #: VIP QTRS(NOT A vip!)
    Workplace: Mostly on icecap/ Site 2
    From To: 52 to 53
    Wrote:  

    Photo officer, mostly on TDY, mostly with 373 major port at various stations. asS at N-34, SITE 2


    This data was submitted on: Tuesday, July 18, 2000 at 18:43:27

    William S. Downie Mailto: William S. Downie
    Country: Massachusetts USA
    Bld #: metal clad barracks ???
    Workplace: 59 fighter interceptor sq.
    From To: Aug.1952 detachment[1]1953
    Wrote:  

    detachments rotated between Thule and Goose A.B.Labrador


    This data was submitted on: Saturday, July 29 2000, at 03:21:00

    Martin D. Quillen
    Country:
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To:
    Wrote:  

    I was in Thule Oct 1956 to Dec !956 with the 340th air refueling Squad on TDY from Whiteman AFB in Mo. I was at Narsarssuak AFB in southern Greenland from Dec. 1954 to Dec. 1955. I was in aircraft maint. The time I spent at Thule was darkness. I am not very good with computers. You are doing a great service for people that has spent time in those places.

    Best Wishes.

    Martin D. Quillen


    This data was submitted on: Wednesday, August 2, 2000 at 06:50:06

    Robert (Bob) Bonner
    Country: Spokane, Wa.
    Bld #:
    Workplace: Weather Upper Air
    From To: 8/55 to: 8/56
    Wrote:  

    Worked at the Weather Upper Air Section down behind the hospital and KOLD radio station.


    This data was submitted on: Tuesday, August 1, 2000 at 02:34:59

    Jim Holston
    Country: Thousand Oaks, Califorenia, USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace: Down center of ice cap
    From To: 4/55 to 9/55
    Wrote:  

    Radio operator for CP1/CP2/JELLO Party/KG1AG during primary exploration of surface snow deformation for US Army Corps of Engineers (high speed CW link and vox when possible, to relay met obs and other traffic during expedition.


    This data was submitted on: Saturday, July 29, 2000 at 04:28:50

    Nate Galbreath
    Homepage: Arctic Adventure Around Thule
    Country: Ridgeway. VA, USA
    Bld #: 119
    Workplace: U. S Army supply officer
    From To: Apr.,1954 to: Dec.,1954
    Wrote:  

    This site is a great find for me. I have found a few Thule friends on the net, but only know where two from unit are. Just completed my site today except for counter and guest book.


    This data was submitted on: Sunday, August 6, 2000 at 21:02:19

    Lt Col Albert H. Massa, USAFR
    Country: Charleston, South Carolina
    Bld #:
    Workplace: Air Operations
    From To: 1953 to 1954
    Wrote:  

    They were the best of times, they were the coldest of times...

    Drop me a line.


    This data was submitted on: Sunday, August 13, 2000 at 20:02:29

    Richard D. Valenti
    Country: Sunrise FL. USA
    Bld #: P-mountain
    Workplace: attached to the 931 acw
    From To: 1953 to 1954
    Wrote:  

    I was in the 549 aaa bnd. I was asked to serve on P-mountain with an attachment of soldiers. I lived on P mountain permanently. I was there when the f89's all weather jets scrambled on three flying saucers in 1953 during the night season. Curious if any other airmen or gi's on P-mountain who were there then recall the incident?

    I think your site is great i just found it by accident.

    thanks again.

    Rich


    This data was submitted on: Saturday, August 19, 2000 at 18:05:45

    Carl J Daniel
    Country: Augusta, Georgia USA
    Bld #: Lived in tents
    Workplace: US Navy Squadron VR-6
    From To: 1951-1953
    Wrote:  

    Member of flight crew that flew personnel and supplies to construction crews during construction. Navy Squadron VR-6. Airplane type R5D(C54)Slept in tents, Showered in tents, ate in tents and tried to get our as soon as we could. There was only one female, a Danish nurse..


    This data was submitted on: Wednesday, August 30, 2000 at 23:25:15

    Kenneth D. Keaton
    Country: Orma,wv. U.S.A.
    Bld #: Medical with Army
    Workplace: Field and Hospital Medic
    From To: 1/55 to 3/55
    Wrote:  

    Was with the 82nd Airborne and was one of the very first to jump into Thule. very memorable experience rsvp so I can share with my Airborne buddies


    This data was submitted on: Thursday, August 31, 2000 at 19:27:58

    Warren "Dale" Carter
    Country: Decatur, USA
    Bld #: 549th Artillery Battalion
    Workplace: S4 Battalion Supply
    From To: June 1953 to: June 1954
    Wrote:  

    Interested in renewing friendships.


    This data was submitted on: Sunday, September 10, 2000 at 01:42:22

    Jimmy R. Dalla Mail to Jimmy R. Dalla
    Country: Marble Falls, Texas, USA
    Bld #: Metal clad barracks, just east of Mess
    Workplace: Signal Sec, 51st Ord Co, 7th AAA Gp
    From To: 8/56 to 8/57
    Wrote:  

    Was stationed at Thule for 1 yr & 4 days. In the Signal Section of the 51st Ordinance Company, 7th AAA Group. Most of the time spent at one of the AAA Batteries, both 75mm Sky Sweepers and the 90mm's on the mountains. Remember the fire at the fuel point very well - had been to re-fuel my truck an hour before.


    This data was submitted on: Monday, October 9, 2000 at 10:39:45

    Erik Pedersen Mail to Erik Pedersen
    Country: Stockholm Sweden
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To:
    Wrote:  

    Anybody remember a man called Sven Åge Christensen. I should think he was at Thule, sometimes between 1958-1964.It would be a great help to me.


    This data was submitted on: Monday, October 9, 2000 at 18:51:28

    Einar Samuelsen Mail to Einar Samuelsen
    Country: Houston TX USA
    Bld #: BOQ
    Workplace: 307th Air Refueling Sqdn (TDY)
    From To: 07/57 to:10/57
    Wrote:  

    Summer of flu epidemic, all facilities closed except mess hall


    This data was submitted on: Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 07:38:26

    Edward Brink Mail to Edward Brink
    Country: Fairborn, Ohio
    Bld #: HQ & HQ battery
    Workplace: 549th AAA Bn
    From To: May 1955 to June 1956
    Wrote:  

    Would sure like to hear from anyone I knew in The 549th.

    I flew up to Thule on a Mats C-154 in May 1955, worked at HQ Battery, 549th AAA Battalion, US Army until June 1956 and returned to states for seperation.I was 18 yrs old and not too fond of the assignment at the time, but the years have bolstered the desire to return and see again some of the beauty I didn't fully appreciate the first time around. I only know the whereabouts of one comrade from my old outfit and I only recently found him through the internet. I often wonder what happened to Bob Whitney from MA and John Venuti from NY and 1st Sgt.Lester Kubistahl from NY.


    This data was submitted on: Sunday, November 19, 2000 at 23:22:09

    Duncan Gray Mail to Duncan Gray Country: Great Falls, Va, USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace: Base Const
    From To: 03-1952 to 10-1952
    Wrote:  

    Structural Consultant for SEK.


    This data was submitted on: Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at 22:44:35

    Dan Lufkin Mail to Dan Lufkin
    Country: Frederick, Maryland, USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To: Jun 1950 to: Sep 1950
    Wrote:  

    I was with the US Weather Bureau station at Thule when the decision was made to build TAB. I made the base survey for the main runway.


    This data was submitted on: Monday, December 25, 2000 at 07:48:26

    Howard L. Brown
    Country: Piedmont,AL
    Bld #:
    Workplace: Heating & Power plants
    From To: late 1951 to:1952
    Wrote:  

    Cold as Hell. drank beer at the last chance outpost. Saw Aurthur Godfrey At Christmas 1952.


    This data was submitted on: Tuesday, December 26, 2000 at 21:16:41

    William A. Honer Mail to William A. Honer
    Country: WeberCity Va 24290
    Bld #: on P Mtn (early warn RADAR)
    Workplace: P Mtn 931st AC&W Sqdn
    From To: 3/54 to 11/54
    Wrote:  

    18 yo Radar operator on P Mtn. While there put in 3mo on ice cap at remote EW site which was developmental for the DEW line which later stretched across Canada. Have some 8mm movies from ice cap duty


    This data was submitted on: Friday, January 5, 2001 at 23:15:38

    Harold M Spear Mail to Harold M Spear
    Country: Gamaliel KY
    Bld #:
    Workplace: radio operator
    From To: 8/53 to 8/54
    Wrote:  

    I was with 549th AAA BNABTRY


    This data was submitted on: Wednesday, January 10, 2001 at 22:28:53

    Norman D. Yarbrough Mail to Norman D.Yarbrough
    Country: Nashville, USA
    Bld #: 4083rd AIO Sqdn.
    Workplace: Water Delivery
    From To: 3/57 to 2/58
    Wrote:  

    The next day SAC took over from NEAC. I was assigned to the then called AIO Sq. I drove a converted 5000 tank truck hauling water to Mess Halls and Hospital.


    This data was submitted on: Sunday, January 14, 2001 at 23:03:18

    James Friederich Mail to
    Country: W. Union, IA
    Bld #:
    Workplace: US Airforce
    From To: August 1954 to: July 1955
    Wrote:  

    Make contact through my son-in-law's e-mail address.


    This data was submitted on: Saturday, January 13, 2001 at 15:15:28

    Emile J. Limoge, Jr. Mail to
    Country: United States
    Bld #: don't remember
    Workplace: 74th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (NEAC)
    From To: 07/1954 to: 07/1955
    Wrote:  

    Corrections: He was part of the 74th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (NEAC) His time in Thule was from: 07/1954 to 07/1955. At that time the service personal were given a certificate which recognized them as "Knights of the Blue Nose". These where given to men/women who endured a minimum of 3 months above the Artic Circle.
    Thank you,
    Brenda Kelley (daughter of Emile Limoge)


    This data was submitted on: Sunday, January 21, 2001 at 01:55:34

    Donald L Ellis
    Country: Ardmore, Ok 73401 US
    Bld #:
    Workplace: 6607th Air Police Squadron
    From To: 4/56 to: 4/57
    Wrote:  

    I'm enjoying your web page very much. This has brought back many memories of which some are good and some not so good. Thanks again.


    This data was submitted on: Sunday, January 28, 2001 at 00:54:17

    Allen H. Walhof Mail to Allen H. Walhof
    Country: Edgerton,MN. U.S.A.
    Bld #: 549 AAA
    Workplace: Site 81
    From To: July '55 to April 56
    Wrote:  

    I was the generator operator at site 81 for the 75mm AAA Site 81 is just S.E.of the pier. Brother Bluenose


    This data was submitted on: Wednesday, January 31, 2001 at 02:37:56

    Roger Schmidt Mail to Roger Schmidt
    Country: Eastlake, Ohio, USA
    Bld #: Dont remember
    Workplace: Hdgtrs transportation artic group
    From To: 5/55 to 4/56
    Wrote:  

    Its been a few years and I am trying to learn how to surf the internet so I put in Thule to see what would come up. I was surprised and happy to see all the info


    This data was submitted on: Wednesday, January 31, 2001 at 03:01:29

    Charles R. Woods
    Country: Mayfield,Ky U.S.A.
    Bld #: 549th AAA Gun Bn.
    Workplace: 90 MM At base of Dundas
    From To: 0853 to 0654
    Wrote:  

    I spent 10 mos.in Thule with the 549th.AAA Gun Bn.with the U,S. Army. My Barrecks were at the base of Mt. Dundas. I would like to hear from my old buddies.Thanks


    This data was submitted on: Wednesday, January 31, 2001 at 04:31:01

    Gerald P. Russell
    Country: Austin USA
    Bld #: Barracks 254
    Workplace: Engineering
    From To: Nov. 1955 to Nov. 1956
    Wrote:  

    Hi,to all the guys in the 74 th.FIS (Flying Tigers)


    This data was submitted on: Friday, February 2, 2001 at 21:21:52

    Paul D. (Doug) Fowler Mail to Paul D. (Doug) Fowler
    Country: Statesboro, Georgia (USA)
    Bld #: On main base, refrigerator type BOQ
    Workplace: Constructed alternate landing strip
    From To: May to November, 1955
    Wrote:  

    I was in 1902nd Engineer Aviation Battalion on 6 months assignment from Wolters Air Base, Texas (Mineral Wells). Our unit (1902nd Engineer Aviation Battalion) constructed a dirt landing strip inland for the main base which was frequently fogged in.


    This data was submitted on: Sunday, February 4, 2001 at 03:20:28

    Richard Gloer
    Country: Fremont, Ohio USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace: Hospital
    From To: 1953 to Feb 1954
    Wrote:  

    702 Dumas St. Arrived in Greenland from St Johns Newfoundland Hq NEAC I served in the AF to l963 when I retired. Enjoyed my tour in Greenland very much.


    This data was submitted on: Sunday, February 4, 2001 at 05:02:46

    John C. Cooper---Red Mail to John C. Cooper---Red
    Country: Easley,S.C. USA 29640
    Bld #: AACS
    Workplace: control tower
    From To: 1953-1954
    Wrote:  

    Anyone playing in band,Knights of Dundas, would like to hear from you!! I played guitar in band. Also, I played squadron basketball.


    This data was submitted on: Sunday, February 4, 2001 at 21:57:46

    Walter Postle
    Country: Muir Beach, Ca.
    Bld #: Refrigerator box
    Workplace: Base headquarters
    From To: Oct .51 to Oct. 52
    Wrote:  

    Went there with Operation Blue Jay--about 100 USAF staff on the base. Looking back, an amazing experience!


    This data was submitted on: Saturday, February 17, 2001 at 18:57:51

    Charles H. Cole
    Country: Atlanta Ga
    Bld #: BOQ
    Workplace: 6607th Air Installation Squadron
    From To: 8/54 to 7/55
    Wrote:  

    A never forgotten experience. Does anyone remember the Bob Hope show with William Holden, Anita Ekberg et al at Thule Xmas 1955?


    This data was submitted on: Thursday, March 8, 2001 at 14:42:19

    Don Blackmore Mail to Don Blackmore
    Country: Bloomfield, Nf.,Canada A0C 1A0
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To:
    Wrote:  

    My g'father took the first American personnel @ equipment to Thule in 1943 to start the radio @ radar site.The ship was the "J.H. Blackmore" under charter to the U.S. Defence Dept. I would like to correspond with anyone who has info. on the first years of that U.S. Base. My phone #: 709 467 2353( Newfoundland, Canada)


    This data was submitted on: Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 14:53:40

    Robert G.Williams Mail to
    Country: Salem K,Y.
    Bld #:
    Workplace: A btry 549th A.A.A. Bn. In comm-
    From To: Aug.1953 to 1954
    Wrote:  

    I went with the 549th. bn.in 1953 from Camp Stewart Ga. to Thule Greenland. Was there for a year or a day and a night, either way for 12 months. one chilling experience.


    This data was submitted on: Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 05:23:38

    Branan Ward Mail to Branan Ward
    Country: Nordland,Washington ,USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To: 1949 to:1950
    Wrote:  

    Dear Anybody, I lived at Thule in 1949 and 1950. That was before the airforce base was built. As a matter of fact I was the weather station photographer. I provided the Defense Deparment with may phopographs needed for the building of the base. At this time I am very interested in getting an e-mail address for the "village" of Thule. I am trying to locate someone there I think is still alive. Do you think you could help me.I thank you in advance for any consideration you see fit to give my concerns. Sincerely G . Branan Ward



    This data was submitted on: Monday, April 9, 2001 at 04:32:23

    Tom Nelson Mail to Tom Nelson
    Country: Schenectady, NY, USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace: C-54 transports
    From To: 1951-52
    Wrote:  

    Flew in and out 1951-52 on C-54 transports.


    This data was submitted on: Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 19:47:48

    Stanley Heller Mail to Stanley Heller
    Country: Akron, Ohio
    Bld #:
    Workplace: 1983rd AACS Sq
    From To: o/a 5/52 to:o/a 5/53
    Wrote:  

    I was clerk typist


    This data was submitted on: Friday, April 20, 2001 at 04:03:21

    Dallas M Johnson mail to
    Country: Bluefield VA
    Bld #: Refrigerator type
    Workplace: Overlooking north star bay
    From To: 8-53 to 8-54
    Wrote:  

    arrived with 549 aaa gun batt.90mm on the ss general heintzleman in north star lived on base for a month until barracts were complete on mountain overlooking north star bay


    This data was submitted on: Monday, April 16, 2001 at 22:34:15

    Ed Brink mail to:
    Country: USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace: HQ Battery, 549th AAA Battalion, US Army
    From To: May 1955 to June 1956
    Wrote:  

    I flew up to Thule on a Mats C-154 in May 1955, worked at HQ Battery, 549th AAA Battalion, US Army until June 1956 and returned to states for seperation.I was 18 yrs old and not too fond of the assignment at the time, but the years have bolstered the desire to return and see again some of the beauty I didn't fully appreciate the first time around. I only know the whereabouts of one comrade from my old outfit and I only recently found him through the internet. I often wonder what happened to Bob Whitney from MA and John Venuti from NY and 1st Sgt.Lester Kubistahl from NY.

    About the plane wreck: It happened before I came to Thule, it was a Douglas C-124 Globemaster. The story I got was that it literally landed on top of South Mountain in a blizzard, the wings and engines, wase tored of on impact, and the fuselage rolled down the mountain like a cigar and landed at the bottom intact, and the story goes that no one was killed. I was out to that fuselage many times to remove small electronic stuff to tinker with, which always fascinated me. I thought I had some pictures of the fuselage somewhere but can't lay my ands on them if I do. The engines and one wing were in the vicinity of the TV station, "Channel 8 Thule" I used to drive our Battalion information guy up there so he could make his broadcast once a week. I would suspect someone who was there in 53-54 would know about the accident, I will ask some of the guys who correspond with me about it. You have a wonderful website and contribute a great service to us old-timers. Thanks so much.

    Very best regards,

    Ed Brink Fairborn, Ohio


    This data was submitted on: Saturday, May 19, 2001 at 15:10:05

    Ray (Bomber) Bomkamp mail to:
    Home:BR> Hometitle: Ray Bomkamp - USAF(ret)
    Country: Redding, CA
    Bld #: BOQ
    Workplace: 74th FIS R/O
    From To: 0956 to 1057
    Wrote:  

    I extended my tour at Thule by 31 days so I could go to Pilot Training. That led to a 20year career flying F102's and 106's and some of the best times of my life. Would love to hear from anyone up there during my tour.


    This data was submitted on: Monday, May 21, 2001 at 05:45:28

    James R Pinney mail to: James R Pinney
    Country: Akron ,Ohio. USA
    Bld #: Mountain Top
    Workplace: Radar Site About 25 miles out on cap
    From To: Nov 1955 to Nov 1956
    Wrote:  

    Very cold very desolate. I'm glad i was there. IT changed so much over the next years. Wasn't much of anything there at that time.
    Looking at pictures today are nothing like it was then. Everything was miltary and looked entirely different; where i was is beyond Camp TUTO, i believe on the MTN.
    Great bunch on the Mtn. Kept busy keeping road open. Nothing there like a few years later; I would like to visit it again..This Forum is great. Thanks Steffen..


    This data was submitted on: Monday, May 21, 2001 at 22:41:43

    Bill Saxman mail to: Bill Saxman
    Country: Sigel, USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace: Airborne Radio Repair
    From To: 0957 to 0558
    Wrote:  

    I remember the barracks built above the perma-frost; coffee; and the base gymnasium with lots of room. I was out in a phase storm and scared to death. There was a wedding on base while I was there. And I remember a girl behind every tree - just no trees.


    This data was submitted on: Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at 04:59:20

    Kenneth Stormer >mail to: Kenneth Stormer
    Country: Waldorf,Md
    Bld #: Jamesway
    Workplace: In the welding shop
    From To: March to September 1957
    Wrote:  

    Camp Tuto
    Rough Duty
    I can remember a girl behind every tree but there was'nt any trees. We worked 10 hour days and i think that made the time go pretty fast. I was a welder, my job was building the blade up on the bulldozers. I also ran a uclid truck and turnadozer making a road out on the ice cap. Also did some welding on the tracks in the tunnel. I was with The 1stEngineer artic Task Force out of Fort Belvoir Va. Col Clark was our comander


    This data was submitted on: Friday, May 25, 2001 at 13:52:59

    Carl Daniel mail to: Carl Daniel
    Country: Evans, Ga. USA
    Bld #: Lived in a tent while there
    Workplace: Flew in to bring supplies
    From To: 1951 to 1953
    Wrote:  

    Was with Navy Squd. VR-6 and carried workers and supplies to operation "Blue Jay? No barracks at the time. Slept in tents and ate in tents. Even tood a shower in a tent but only one. We flew R5ds (C-54s). Only one short runway. Was scary at times. Cold in winter and 'skeeters" in summer.


    This data was submitted on: Friday, June 8, 2001 at 20:38:23

    Fred Gross mail to:
    Country: long beach,new york,usa
    Bld #: I don't remember,very near 74 fis orderly room
    Workplace: 74th fis,flight line
    From To: 10/55 to 9/56
    Wrote:  

    I was 19 years old and it was an experience I won't forget.The cold(-62),the phase conditions and the dark and light seasons stand out in my mind.I rememember our TV station(KOLD-TV,Channel 8)The Knights of the Blue Nose, The Bob Hope USO show.

    These are all now fond memories.


    This data was submitted on: Friday, June 15, 2001 at 05:15:08

    Don McCall mail to:
    Country: Wethersfield, CT
    Bld #: BOQ 724
    Workplace: 55th Air Rescue Squadron
    From To: Jan 1955 to:Jan 1956
    Wrote:  

    I was also tdy at Thule in 1957 with the 307th Air Refueling Squadron. I have so many memories of Thule and all of the Northeast Air Command. Air Rescue had an exciting mission there. From picking up Eskimos who were ill at Resolute Bay and bringing them back to the Base Hospital at Thule, to air droping mail at Eureka, Alert, or Nord, it always was a challenge. With the SB-17 assigned to the 55th ARS we searched for and located Fletcher's Island also known as T-3, a block of clear ice that scientists occupied during the light season. We landed on the island with ski equipped C-47's and dropped supplies with the SB-17. We supported any mission Danish Commander Peterson had for us at Savisavic or the village North of Thule. We did water landings with the SA-16's in Granville bay, snow landings on the ice cap and ice landings in North Star Bay next to MT Dundas. Our area included BW-1 & BW-8. I have many fond memories of the experiences I had in Greenland and the people I met there.


    This data was submitted on: Thursday, July 5, 2001 at 01:28:43

    Charles A. Brown mail to:
    Country: Belvidere, IL
    Bld #:
    Workplace: Air Installations
    From To: 10/54 to 10/55
    Wrote:  

    I would be very interested in hearing about any reunions which may be upcoming for veterans of Thule AFB.


    This data was submitted on: Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 12:36:58

    Ed Brink mail to:
    Country: Fairborn, Ohio
    Bld #: 336
    Workplace: Headquarters 549th AAA Bn
    From To: May1955 to June 1956
    Wrote:  

    Having just completed my second tour at Thule, I want to enter my thoughts on returning. I was so fortunate to have been chosen to return to Thule after 46 years, with the finest bunch of oldtimers one could ask for. We are known as the Bluenosers or Arctic Cowboys now. The base has undergone tremendous changes since I left in 1956, but many, many buildings remain. Two of the old consolidated mess halls are gone, the other two house the BX and the Post Office. My old barracks #336 and our old Headquarters Bldg. #333 are still there as is our old motor pool building, the old theater(now condemed),the hospital remains as before but the old BOQ buildings are all gone.
    Most of the old flat tops where enlisted personnel lived remain. They are at this time cutting up all the fuel storage tanks which covered the landscape between North Mountain and the living area.Of course Mt. Dundas is intact and we got treated to a ride to the top by a Huey helicopter, what a treat that was.We spent eight days on the tour and got to see everything we wanted to see and more. The accomodations were excellent in the North Star Inn, the dining hall is like a good restaurant and the weather remained around 45 degrees making it a pleasant stay. I am willing to answer any inquiry about the base then and now, email me.I am sure the other five "Cowboys" would be too but can't speak for them.We also received a second Bluenose Certificate from the 12thSWS which is the only Air Force presence there now, about 130 men and women.
    Total base population is about 700 now.There is not one military vehicle on the base, everyone drives a commercial pickup or van, mostly Fords. The old NCO Club is now the Top of The World Club and caters to all Base personnel, there is no Airmens Club or Officers Club or NCO Club, everyone uses the TOW Club.The AF people up there now are for the most part volunteers,all very bright and proffesional, there still aren't any trees but there are plenty of women, both military and civilian. I know there are those who yearn to return to Thule, just to look around and I hope you get the chance someday as we did. God Bless this August Fraternity of Brother Bluenoses.


    This data was submitted on: Monday, July 16, 2001 at 01:54:24

    Hugh McGinty mail to:
    Country: Boulder CO USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To:
    Wrote:  

    I was assigned to Flight C, 6th Air Rescue Squadron, Goose Bay Labrador. During project Bluejay we flew ice patrol to escort the first cargo ships carrying personel and building materials to Thule.
    The runways were dirt and we had to service our SB-17s by pumping fuel from 55 gallon drums. Some of the civilians on the Ships went nuts from the constant grinding of the pack ice against the hulls of the ships. Some ships were locked in the ice for days waiting for the ice breakers to open a path for them. We operated between Sondershrome Furde (BW-8)and Thule. When the weather closed in, we often had to go on very short rations. Polar bears were a constant hazard but they were protected by Demark and could only be hunted by professional hunters flown in from Iceland. I never saw the base after it was completed and it is interesting to read about it. I also spent a lot of time at Narsarserak BW-1 in sothern greenland.(1949 to 1952)


    This data was submitted on: Monday, July 16, 2001 at 17:33:32

    Stan Hyde
    Country: Chicago, USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace: KOLD - Armed Forces Radio
    From To: 11/53 to: 11/54
    Wrote:  

    This is a great site. Look forward to hearing from some of the guys that I worked with. Do you guys remember Lt. Chris Stevens and "Dreamland Rendevous"? Also do any of you guys remember Harry Lester, our country western DJ?


    This data was submitted on: Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at 05:05:20

    Ray Surbeck mail to:
    Country: Three Rivers, Michigan, USA
    Bld #: Atwell Huts
    Workplace:
    From To: June 1952 thru July 1952
    Wrote:  

    I was part of Company B, 370th Engineer Amphibious Support Regiment. We were there w/LCM's to unload cargo used in the construction of the base. We worked two shifts, 12 hrs each, 7 days a week.


    This data was submitted on: Wednesday, August 1, 2001 at 15:06:41

    Jay Baker mail to:
    Country: Dalton, Ga
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To: 51
    Wrote:  

    I'm actually looking for information about my father who passed away when I was a child. He was part of the early initial phases of Thule. He told my mother that he was in a group of 52 men who went to Thule. He said they didn't know where they were going until they got there. His name was Charles Ray Baker. If anyone has any recollection of Ray Baker, I would love to hear from you. He was in the Air Force and I think her spent some time on a base in NewFoundland.


    This data was submitted on: Saturday, August 4, 2001 at 00:04:15

    Roy C. Johnston mail to:
    Country: Lake Charles, LA USA
    Bld #: BOQ
    Workplace: 318 FIS as Radar Observer
    From To: Summer 1953 to Summer 1954
    Wrote:  

    The 318 FIS has been having biennial reunions since 1994. The next one is in Charleston, SC in 2002.


    This data was submitted on: Monday, August 6, 2001 at 01:53:03

    John H. Pugh mail to:
    Country: Seattle, Wa
    Bld #: I-99
    Workplace: Base Weather Station
    From To: 4 Oct 1952 to 24 Aug 1953
    Wrote:  

    I throughly enjoyed my tour at Thule. I have color slides of arround the base, some of which were taken when it was known as "Project Blue Jay"


    This data was submitted on: Saturday, August 18, 2001 at 02:11:56

    Ken Ziegler mail to:
    Country: holland ohio
    Bld #:
    Workplace: base supply
    From To: july 54 to july55
    Wrote:  

    Bob Hope!!! The best thing about the whole year.


    This data was submitted on: Friday, August 24, 2001 at 23:44:40

    Lloyd Cote
    Country: Slidell, La.
    Bld #:
    Workplace: Headquarters
    From To: 12/51 to 12/52
    Wrote:  

    I was at Thule during the height of constructon and was the first assigned military-90 military personnel-to help set-up the base for future personnel due to arrive in the summer of '52.


    This data was submitted on: Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 03:50:40

    George Putnam mail to: George Putnam
    Country: Massachusetts
    Bld #: aboard USS Taconic
    Workplace: USS Taconic in North Star Bay
    From To: 30 June 1952 to 14 Aug. 1952
    Wrote:  

    I was a weather observer aboard USS Taconic, the command ship for Operation SUNAC, which brought supplies to Thule in the summer of 1952. We spent 6 weeks anchored near Mt.Dundas. I went ashore twice for cook-outs at Sandy Delta. The Taconic was home to radio station NWEE (Armed Forces Radio Service), the northernmost broadcasting station in the world in 1952.


    This data was submitted on: Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 00:30:17

    Keith R. Amsden mail to:
    Country: Rockledge,Fl. USA
    Bld #: Next door to NCO Club
    Workplace: 74th FIS Hangar
    From To: 8/54 to 7/55
    Wrote:  

    member of 74th FISAirbourne Radar Mechanic on F-89C Aircraft. Worked out of alert Hangar as well. MSgt Bill Armour was my NCOIC. LTC Crutcher my C.O.


    This data was submitted on: Wednesday, October 31, 2001 at 05:21:11

    Hugh MacDougall mail to:
    Country: Cooperstown, NY, USA
    Bld #: NCO Barracks
    Workplace: U.S. Weather Bureau
    From To: July 1953 to: July 1953
    Wrote:  

    Summer intern with the US Weather Bureau; spent a happy month (with half a dozen other college students) mostly invoicing weather bureau equipment for onward shipment to other weather stations. Still have many happy memories of "evening" hikes to the icecap and glacier, and one trip (by "duck") to the Danish village and abandoned eskimo settlement across Piktufik Bay. And still have lots of slides to remember it with.


    This data was submitted on: Monday, November 12, 2001 at 19:18:49

    Leonard Whitmore mail to:
    Country: Amesbury Ma. USA
    Bld #: Aboard Icebreaker USCGC Eastwind
    Workplace: Radioman Working MSTS ships
    From To: May 1951-Sept 1951and May52-Sept 1952
    Wrote:  

    Hello Steffen,

    Our job in 1951 was to escort the Moran tug boats thru the ice flows with their LST hulls in tow. These were used to build the temporary docks for landing supplies for the building of the base. The 1952 trip was escorting supply ships thru the ice flow and resupplying the weather station at Alert NWT. During that trip the Eastwind broke the record for going the furthest north in the Arctic of any ship under it's own power.Like to hear from old timers that remember those days.
    Memory dims a lot of facts but the one thing that stands out is the continous ice-breaking. That was our job. We brought several convoys of ships through the icepacks. Most were Military Transports but there were also many Merchant ships. I can't remember the names of them except the " Fort Leonard Wood."...(maybe because it had my name in it!)...I was a radioman and it was my job to contact the many cargo ships and merge them into a convoy that we then brought through the ice pack into Thule Harbor.
    In 1951, there was little to do or see in Thule but during the 1952 season, there was a lot of activity there with the emergence of the air base. We did go ashore once and had our 1st beer of the trip...Those Air Force guys had it made...They had a local entertainment radio station at the base and we had some fun doing a radio skit show there. It seemed we were always going south to pick up a convoy and bringing them through the pack ice. Very monotonous duty.
    I stood radio watches for 4 hours every 8 hours... 4 on and 8 off...That was 7 days a week, listening to morse code signals...We used to think we'd go "Dit Happy." We did stop at Gothaab once and upon our return up North, got a message to assist a Danish Military or Royalty vessel that was trapped in the ice. It was in danger of being crushed by ice. When it was over, some Danish officers came aboard and we stood as honor guard for them...We always kidded the Chief Radioman because he got a "Salute." from them but didn't deserve it as he was also an enlisted man.
    The 1952 trip ended in a near disaster when a large ice berg stove a hole in the forward section of the ship. We then had to build a "Coffer Dam" and pour concrete into it as reinforcement. The Captain later said that he had expectations of wintering over in the ice which would not have been a good idea but our only chance of survival had we not got out.
    Let me know if you want any specific questions answered...I do remember that when we arrived back in Boston Massachusetts in September that the national magazine LIFE had published an edition which called operation BLUEJAY, "The Largest Secret Operation." since D-Day...I don't know if it was secret because we used to listen to Moscow Molly on shortwave and she would be talking to the men aboard the ships off Greenland building the Air Base...

    Regards,

    Len Whitmore


    This data was submitted on: Monday, November 19, 2001 at 23:44:06

    Paul Johns mail to:
    Country: jonesboro ga
    Bld #: across from chowhall(thank god)
    Workplace: Flightline, Refueling, and Tankfarm
    From To: Nov 53 to Nov 54
    Wrote:  

    the honey trucks did't get to the barracks in time so we would open the valve and let the "honey" out beside the barracks. this worked out very well to the thaw came in the summer. Wish I could find some of my old buddies who worked in fueling. James McNeely in particular.


    This data was submitted on: Monday, November 19, 2001 at 23:56:59

    Ronald G. Scott mail to:
    Country: East Troy, Wisconsin USA
    Bld #: Forgot
    Workplace: Operations (Air Traffic)
    From To: 12/30/52 to 12/15/53
    Wrote:  

    Made a few trips to T-3 Fletcher's Ice Island on resupply missions during 1953 as dropmaster. Most of time spent in Operations Space Control" figuring weight and balance forms for all inbound and outbound aircraft.


    This data was submitted on: Monday, November 26, 2001 at 04:16:42

    Bill Diller mail to:
    Country: Farwell MI USA
    Bld #: forgot - near theater
    Workplace: radio repair
    From To: 1956 to 1957
    Wrote:  

    I had been in newfoundland for 18 mos so I only spent about 6 or 7 months there. It was just becoming a SAC base when I left.


    This data was submitted on: Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 02:28:46

    Charlie Lawrence mail to:
    Country: Peabody, MA, USA
    Bld #: USS Deuel(APA-160)anchored
    Workplace: Capt's office yeoman
    From To: June 51 to: Aug 51
    Wrote:  

    Brought load of construction equipment to base. Regret never being able to get ashore during our trip there. Mail delivery to our vessel came from Westover, MA. It was great mail service and my wife and I really appreciated that. I was recalled to active duty in September 1950 and was assigned to the DEUEL until I got discharged in January 1952. I still have my Blue Nose Certificate as we crossed the Arctic Circle on June 20th on the way up. The 24 hour daylight days were quite an event. We would come on deck with a cup of coffee at two o'clock in the morning and it would be broad daylight. Quite an experience.
    Aside from that I just wanted to let you know that I did not have any camera with me on that trip. I had been in the Portsmouth Naval Hospital at Norfolk, Virginia when the DEUEL left Norfolk for Thule. A few days after the DEUEL left I was discharged from the hospital and put on board the USS LINDENWALD (LSD-6) (landing ship dock) as a passenger headed for Thule. Somewhere enroute I was transferred by boat from the LINDENWALD to the DEUEL. I suppose the LINDENWALD can be added to your list of ships.
    I did use a search browser called "Google" and typed in "us navy operation Blue Jay, Thule, Greenland" and got quite a few sites to click on. A couple of the ships mentioned were already on your listing, which were USN vessels. There were some USNS vessels, with a few pictures showing the ships tied up to a pier or at anchor. It is hard to believe that there were as many as 70 ships envolved in bringing supplies, men and equipment to Thule and not see any reference to them on the sites I visited. But it must have been a huge undertaking and you are perfectly right that it's important to keep the story for future use.
    I feel badly that I don't have much more than this to add. I had joined the regular Navy in March 1946, took my boot raining at Camp Peary, VA and then got assigned to the USS ASTORIA (CL-90) until I got discharged in January 1948. I joined an active reserve unit in Salem, MA and was recalled to active duty 9-25-50 for the Korean War. We reactivated the DEUEL out of mothballs in Norfolk, VA in October 1950. We were supposed to be assigned to the Korean area but that was cancelled. All we did was take marines for amphibious landings and training along the beaches of the Carolinas (USA) make a trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico and Porte au Prince, Haiti. We also picked up a load of Seabees and their equipment and brought them over to Casablanca, French Morocco from Davisville, RI. It was after those trips we got envolved with Operation Blue Jay.
    I had completely forgotten the name assigned to this operation until coming in contact with your site. It was like a name out of the past. I was delighted to have been reminded of this by your documentation of Thule. If the cobwebs of my mind disappear maybe I'll think of something that I may have forgotten about our stay in the harbor at Thule. I do remember the commanding officers name of our ship as being Carl A. Johnson while I was assigned to this vessel. Captain Johnson did make some written recommendations to the authorities there concerning what I think was the unloading of equipment cargoes at Thule in the harbor. When I say harbor, all I remember was a horseshoe shapped body of water with shear cliffs of ice from which big chunks would fall from. I think we had to get underway once to get the ship out of harms way from the ice chunks. I do remember the ice breakers from the Coast Guard breaking the thick ice for us on the way up. The DEUEL did have a reinforced bow specifically for going through ice but we did finally have to rely on the ice breakers in the end. The only picture I do have from Thule is one of an ice breaker underway. I don't even remember how I ever came in possession of it.
    Well, Steffen, I won't take up any more of your time or space so I'll say goodnight and wish you and your family and friends the very best of Christmas seasons. I'll keep visiting your site from time to time.

    Charlie Lawrence


    This data was submitted on: Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 01:20:20

    Tom Philbrook mail to:
    Country: Houston, USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To: 07,'54 to 08,'54
    Wrote:  

    I was there with a small AF team to map out an airstip up by the ice cap.


    This data was submitted on: Friday, November 16, 2001 at 04:29:21

    Burton J. Brodo
    Country: Philadelphia, PA USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace: Base Weather Station
    From To: 8/54 to 8/55
    Wrote:  

    I was a weather forecaster with the USAF at Thule . Is there anyone who served there at the same time? If Bob Wenger reads this would you please e mail me?


    This data was submitted on: Friday, December 28, 2001 at 19:39:07

    Nancy Kathryn Hinchey
    Country: Plymouth, MA, USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace: Collonel
    From To: 30 May 53 to 16 May 54
    Wrote:  

    My maternal uncle, no longer living, Richard Hernlund, was, I believe, Commander of Thule at some point. My mother died in l949, and he always lived far from my family, so I never saw much of him. My father kept in touch with him. After Thule he taught at the War College in Alabama (?). The last time I saw him was in about 1980, after he had retired. I looked around you web page, but did not find anything about him. I would love to hear from you if there is anything about him or if anyone knew him. Thank you very much.

    Col. Richard T. Hernlund 30 May 53 -- 16 May 54


    This data was submitted on: Monday, February 18, 2002 at 03:08:42

    Andrea J. Smith
    Country:
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To:
    Wrote:  

    I'm not an old timer, but an old timer's daughter. Steffen, I just wanted to thank you for creating this site and for including my father's comments and photos on your site. His name was John Gylland and he often talked about his stay in Greenland when he was still alive, but always longed to have others to share his experiences with who had been there. I have passed your site onto all my brothers and sisters. Thanks you again.....it was nice to read his words.

    Sincerely, Andrea J. Smith


    This data was submitted on: Wednesday, March 6, 2002 at 03:05:28

    Frazier H (Steve) Newell
    Country: Lusby,Maryland,USA
    Bld #: 1st Huts then ??
    Workplace: Base Supply
    From To: June 1951 to June 1952
    Wrote:  

    Was with the early USAF guys doing turn around maintenance on the C-54's and C-124's at the old gravel landing strip and refueling from 55 gal drums.


    This data was submitted on: Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 14:27:33

    Tony King
    Country: Irvine, Ca. USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To: 1946 to: 1947
    Wrote:  

    My Father, Floyd James King was in the Army Air Corps stationed @ what is now known as Thule AFB. He was on a search and rescue team up there for a year before going to Fairbanks Alaska. He was awarded the Bronze-Star for Heroic Achievement while rescuing 16 American aviators, stranded on an ice cap, Christmas Day 1946.
    Thanks for all of the great pictures. It helped me picture in my mind what it must have been like for him in that era of time. He passed away last month in North Carolina at the age of 76.

    Sincerely,
    Tony King


    This data was submitted on: Friday, June 15, 2001 at 05:15:08

    Don McCall
    Country: Wethersfield, CT
    Bld #: BOQ 724
    Workplace: 55th Air Rescue Squadron
    From To: Jan 1955 to:Jan 1956
    Wrote:  

    I was also tdy at Thule in 1957 with the 307th Air Refueling Squadron. I have so many memories of Thule and all of the Northeast Air Command. Air Rescue had an exciting mission there. From picking up Eskimos who were ill at Resolute Bay and bringing them back to the Base Hospital at Thule, to air droping mail at Eureka, Alert, or Nord, it always was a challenge. With the SB-17 assigned to the 55th ARS we searched for and located Fletcher's Island also known as T-3, a block of clear ice that scientists occupied during the light season. We landed on the island with ski equipped C-47's and dropped supplies with the SB-17. We supported any mission Danish Commander Peterson had for us at Savisavic or the village North of Thule. We did water landings with the SA-16's in Granville bay, snow landings on the ice cap and ice landings in North Star Bay next to MT Dundas. Our area included BW-1 & BW-8. I have many fond memories of the experiences I had in Greenland and the people I met there.


    This data was submitted on: Wednesday, April 3, 2002 at 06:29:51

    Lyle E. Ostrander Lyle E. Ostrander
    Country: holmen, WI
    Bld #:
    Workplace: control tower
    From To: aug 54/july 55
    Wrote:  

    A great experience. Remember Bob Hope at New Years-great show. Two c-124 crashes -one on top southmountain. Anyone know those in that aircraft ?


    This data was submitted on: Sunday, April 14, 2002 at 23:17:07

    Lowell "Rod" DeMond
    Country: Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Bld #:
    Workplace: I was at the Hospital and then in the Transient barrack
    From To: July 15 to August 5/1956
    Wrote:  

    I was at the Can/U.S. Weather Station at Mould Bay, Prince Patrick Island. Had Appendicitis- Evacuated by Lancaster Bomber (RCAF) to Thule. Operated on at the hospital, ( Great Staff) Flown to Eureka Weather Station, Ellesmere Island by USAF on August 5. Have fond memories of Thule.


    This data was submitted on: Wednesday, February 21, 2001 at 04:05:09

    Arthur C. Edgar
    Country: Niceville, Florida 32578 USA
    Bld #: Across from A.P. Hq.
    Workplace: Air Police Squadron
    From To: Oct 53 to Nov 54
    Wrote:  

    Being from Florida, when I stepped off the plane it was the first snow I had ever seen. Was in the A.P. squadron while there so explored the area in Jeeps much of the time Down by the water there was a makeshift grave, over 100 years old. It is a sailor off H.M.S North Star. There is a tombstone on it. Buried in 1849. His name was Willian Sharp.
    Your note revived a memory which might be involved here. I was in the Air Police Squadron at Thule and one day an order was passed down for us saying, any vehicle found unattended with the engine running when the temperature was at or above zero degrees was to be confiscated and turned into the Base Motor Pool.
    Shelfer, another A.P. were on patrol going by the club, when lo and behold, there was a staff car parked in front of the club with the motor running. It didn't take long to find out the driver as a plate on the bumper said Base Commander. We knew the temperature to be about 10 degrees above zero so the only question which arose, was which of us would drive it to the BMP.
    While we were turning it in, we got a call on the phone. You guessed it, it was the Base Commander. He was breathing fire, but he could not criticize us for doing our duty.
    He called our Squadron Commander, and wanted to bust both but we had a good commander who was in the habit of sticking up for his men. He asked the Col. what would be the charges. He replied that we had used his staff car to tour the base before going to the BMP. Our commander said that couldn't be true because the car was signed into the BMP 5 minutes after it was confiscated. The Base Commander calmed down and we heard no more from him.

    Art


    This data was submitted on: Friday, May 10, 2002 at 19:49:18

    Bernie kessler
    Country: Los Alamitos, CA, USA
    Bld #:
    Workplace: 373d TMP- Cargo Ships
    From To: July-August 1951
    Wrote:  

    We were on Operation BlueJay ---- taking men and materiel for the building of Thule and the DEW facility. Have many slides and history book.


    This data was submitted on: Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at 00:18:08

    Johs. Lomholt
    Country: 2720 Vanløse, Denmark
    Bld #: Den gamle Danske (Svejryg)
    Workplace: Weather observer
    From To: 1946-1947
    Wrote:  

    Hej )Hi)

    Må jeg som gammel Vejrmand på den første Danske Vejrstation blande mig i jeres kor?

    Det er morsomt at læse Jeres indlæg om oplevelser på TAB, i 1946-47 var vi 17-18 mand, Amerikanere og Danske, og der foregik ikke så meget. Jeg kender tilsyneladende ikke nogen af Jer bortset fra Chris Hansen på Weather, der har skrevet et historisk manuskript om Amerikanernes tilstedeværelse i Grønland. Læs ved lejlighed flg. URL http://members.aol.com/jcstott/

    Når man læser din gæstebog igennem, kan man undres over, at der har været så mange Danske på Grønland, specielt Thule, men det har vel været (er) de gode lønninger, der trak. Idag er vi kun tre mand tilbage af holdet 1946-47, og det var noget, der vakte interesse hos familie og venner, at høre om ens oplevelser, det var ikke noget man vidste noget om.

    I sommeren 1946 var vi 22 mand, der rejste op med fregatten HMS Thetis, det tog otte dage, og vi lå i hængekøjer i sidegangene, med den friske luft fra søen, i køjekassen, i infirmeriet, nogle på slagbænkene med hynder i officersmessen eller kvartermester messen, eller hvor der ellers var plads.

    Vi vidste, at vi skulle overtage arbejdet på vejrstationer langs både Østkysten og Vestkysten, men hvor vi ville havne havde vi ingen anelse om. Trafikken i Grønland forgik med skonnerter, med en Grønlænder som kendt mand, til at lede skibet igennem skærgårde i tåge, is og storm.

    Ved ankomsten til Thule var vi ti mand, der blev modtaget af et par Amerikanere, der kørte os til en barak, hvor der lå 10 madrasser på gulvet, og et stort komfur; kufferterne kunne stå imellem madrasserne. I dagene og ugerne efter skulle vi bygge en 30 m. lang barak, støbe gulv til en magnetstation, og så begynde det egentlige arbejde på Vejrstation Thule. Jeg flyttede ind på mit "eget" værelse i barakken 6 uger efter vor ankomst.

    Nå, men læs selv i "ATAGU" URL www.atagu.gl/ under debat om Oprettelsen af Thule Vejrstation, eller under URL: http://members.aol.com/jcstott/ find "John Lomholt" i det blå index og scroll igennem de sider, der handler om Thule.

    kendte du en tømrer ed navn Hans Jensen, eller "Storemester" som vi kaldte ham; han var mange år i Thule på byggejob, også længere sydpå, og var een af mine gode venner. Jeg tror, at han og jeg var nogle af kammeraterne, der så hinanden oftest i årene efter vi var sejlet op til den "grønne" Ø.

    Undskyld det her blev så langt, men minderne dukker op fra en tid i ens ungdom (jer er nu 78) hvor vores stationsleder skrev i min "Poesibog" quote "Jeg tror, De vil finde, at alle de ærgrelser, De eventuelt har haft, vil glemmes meget hurtigt og kun et stort, lyst minde blive stående som resultat af Deres ophold i Grønland" Unquote

    Jeg må give ham ret, det var interessant, og man lærte at kende nye mennesker og nye steder.

    Lev vel

    Johs. Lomholt

    alias
    Monty


    This data was submitted on: Friday, May 24, 2002 at 05:35:20

    Jerry Kline
    Country: Rapid City, SD
    Bld #: Don't remember
    Workplace: Hangers and flight line
    From To: May 1956 to May 1957
    Wrote:  

    Was with the F-89's station at Thule. We were the first to land an Jet on the outer ice gap. Was a very long year with many many Tuburgs be consumed. Only had one real bad month weatherwise. I can really remember the sliding door to determine if you were able to take a shower or not due to the low water supply in the barricks. Was really fascanated to see jack rabbits in the summer knowing how cold it would be in the winter. Have many fond memories of my journey their and am thankful it will never be repeated again.


    This data was submitted on: Wednesday, June 5, 2002 at 04:27:36

    Storrs Warinner
    Country: Las Vegas
    Bld #: BOQ 733,707
    Workplace: F89 R/O 74 Ftr Intcp Sqd
    From To: 10/56 - 10/57
    Wrote:  

    R/O with Kern, Kuhlmann & Foss - Snell's flt -
    in mid-'57 there was a "mandatory" scramble of a 74th FIS F89 from the alert hangar with wx 0-0 in fog -

    would you have a suggestion for how to look up the GCA controller that brought this jet back to an uneventful landing ?

    It was me, the pilot on the scramble - also,Bomkamp, Cristophori and maybe another -

    the person I hope to contact is someone who recognizes the 0-0 scramble and GCA recovery mid-'57 - probably someone who was in control tower or GCA, which was probably AACS Sqd -

    we took the GCA controller a 40 pounder of Canadian Club, but it's past time for a refill and we no longer have his name...


    This data was submitted on: Thursday, June 27, 2002 at 21:33:20

    William Branton
    Country: Mobile, Alabama
    Bld #:
    Workplace: C-47 Flight Engineer
    From To: Sept 1952 - Jul 20 1953
    Wrote:  

    I was in a C-47 plane crash on Jul 20 1953. I'm trying to get some history on that. And anyone that was stationed there at that time.



    This data was submitted on: Sunday, August 4, 2002 at 02:31:33

    Michael J. Griffin
    Country: Fayetteville, TN USA
    Bld #: North Star Bay
    Workplace: USS Norton Sound AV-11
    From To: July-August, 1946
    Wrote:  

    In 1946 my ship, the USS Norton Sound, a part of a task force of six U.S. ships went to Thule, Greenland. The purpose for the trip was to surbey the area for the Thule Air Base. We spent the summer under Mount Dundas. We of the crew were permitted to go ashore only one time, and were allowed no contact at all with the natives.

    That was the most interesting and enjoyable trip I was fortunate enough to take during my brief navy career. I have always wished I could have traveled back to Greenland, and especially to Thule, and still read everything I can find about the arctic.


    This data was submitted on: Tuesday, August 6, 2002 at 20:01:10

    Robert Patterson (barbara-daughter)
    Country: mooresville, nc usa
    Bld #:
    Workplace:
    From To:
    Wrote:  

    I am searching for anyone who might have known my father, Robert Patterson, who served around the early to mid fifties in SAC. He was a helicopter hydraulics engineer. He was from Scotland and lived in NYC. I have a photo of an ice breaker "W279", does anyone have any info on the ship as well? Thanks so much!

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