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THE LAST H-21 HELICOPTERS DEPARTED EIELSON FOR ELMENDORF. THE HELICOPTERS HAD BEEN ASSIGNED SINCE 1956 AND WERE A PART OF THE 5040th HELICOPTER SQUADRON. THEY WERE REPLACED BY HH-3s
In November 1952, the 12th Air Rescue Group stationed the 81st, 82nd and 83rd Air Rescue Squadrons at Bordeaux, providing air/sea rescue service and practicing pilot recoveries at Lake Cazaux near Aracheon. The squadrons flew Sikorsky H-19B "Chickasaw" helicopters and Grumman SA-16 Albatross fixed wing amphibian seaplanes.
The 12th ARG departed Bordeaux AB in July, 1953.
Air Rescue Service established a tenure at Sembach with the arrival of the 12th ARG and the subordinate 81st ARS on 25 September 1953. The 12th ARG wound down operations and inactivated on 18 February, followed by the 81st ARS within a month.
Military Air Transport Service is redesignated Military Airlift Command. Air Rescue Service becomes Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service. Air Photographic and Charting Service is renamed Aerospace Audio-Visual Service.
H-5 helicopter aircrews from the 3rd Air Rescue Service recovered 148 paratrooper casualties in the second biggest paradrop of the Korean War. Despite intense mortar and ground fire, the crews flew 77 sorties in two days near Musan, North Korea.
Air Rescue Service aircrews flew 198 sorties in SA-16, H-19s, C-45s and C-82s through Feb. 17, to evacuate 161 persons and deliver 32,900 pounds of relief supplies during floods in the Netherlands.