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The Fleet Angels of Lakehurst


Recognized in National Book Contest.

The 2013 Stars and Flags Book Award announced that author Barbara Marriott was awarded a silver medal for her Nonfiction: Subject Specific book, The Fleet Angels of Lakehurst. 

Winner of the 2013

Stars and Flags Book Award

Silver Medal in Nonfiction

On a crisp afternoon, 1 April 1948, the future of naval aviation was changed forever.  Standing near the hangar that once housed the Hindenburg, Captain Clayton Marcy read the orders that established the first fleet-operational helicopter squadrons.

Lakehurst, New Jersey, became the home of Helicopter Utility Squadron Two (HU-2) and for the next 20 years, operating from icebreakers, cruisers and aircraft carriers, they moved thousands of tons of cargo, provided support for scientific research missions and completed over 2,000 at-sea rescues. 

This is the story of their missions, from the mundane to the heroic saving of lives. Dispersed throughout is some of the quirky humor that got them through many difficult and dangerous times. It is an insight into the aviation pioneers known as The Fleet Angels of Lakehurst.


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