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This web site is an effort to bring to the public an awareness of what so many did during the days of the cold war to protect the shores of the United States and the rest of the free world. Thousands of young officers and men stood watch to prevent a surprise attack from the USSR, in radar sites along a line on the artic circle called the DEW (Distant Early Warning) Line that crossed Canada and Alaska, and on picket ships in both the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans. On tracks that extended out over both of these great bodies of water; from the Aleutian Islands to Midway Island in the Pacific and from Argentia, New Foundland to the Azores in the Atlantic, the Navy flew WV-2s on a twenty- four hour, seven day a week schedule. The east and west coasts were watched by the Air force in EC-121s (though these Navy and Air Force designations were different, the aircraft were the same).
We hope to bring to light the effort and sacrifice of the Navy crewmen of the WV-2s (known affectionately by the Navy crewmen as the "Willy Victor" ) who stood watch to let the free world rest easy.
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A Call To Action
On 12/31/2015 Chanute Museum closed it's doors for good. At that time, WV2 141311, The Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fl (owners of 141311) made arrangements to cover the cost with The Rantoul, IL Airport and leave her tied down on the ramp where has set while the museum was opened.
She will be safe from scrapping there until her future home can be determined. She could end up at Pensacola. This all came about from the story of the dedication and restoration efforts by our Willy Victor Shipmates. The story has been heard loud and clear in Pensacola.
Special thanks to the many volunteers who made 311's restoration possible.
Just to mention a few:
Gerald Durban (the boss)
Harry Kooyman, Bob Fitzsimmons
Lee Kalsch, Wes Mortensen
Don Lee, Bob Hodes
Monte Clark, Bill Shoemaker
"Luke" Lukasiewicz, Jim Snyder
and at many others
To date 141311 still lives, thanks to all of you. Please make you feelings and thanks known to Pensacola and Dr. Macon as we move forward.
An important note:
When I posted this I left off a very important person.
Roland Barger has nursed and mothered 311 since the beginning. Without the faithful support of "Rol" there would be no 311 today.
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Site maintained by Jack Weber