One of the squadron’s JRS’s is still in existence. A survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, it is awaiting restoration at the National Air & Space Museum(NASM). Today, there are several other former military aircraft that were in Hawaii that fateful morning, but the JRS-1 of the NASM is believed to be the most extant of those that were physically present at the scene of the attack; even the airplane’s squadron insignia – though faded – is still visible.
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Very cool site! I would like to ask where you found the photo “Men of Utility Squadron 1 (VJ-1) at Pearl Harbor with a Sikorsky JRS-1.” I have great interest here as I am on the team at the NASM that cares for the surviving JRS-1 #1063.
We have seen a very similar photo with just the Chief petty officers that apparently was taken at the same time. Perhaps there are more?
You help is most appreciated.
Pat, Kudos to you for tending to that JRS-1 – it has quite a history. The photo in question came to me many years ago as part of a collection and, unfortunately, came with no source. I would be glad to send you a hi-res copy.
I would like that very much and to talk further.
Several (seven?) aircraft present at Pearl on December 7th, 1941 still exist. At least one, if not P-40’s, a J2F Duck, and Cornelia Fort’s Interstate Cadet still survive, in addition to the JRS.
Several (seven?) aircraft present at Pearl on December 7th, 1941 still exist. At least one, if not two P-40’s, a J2F Duck, and Cornelia Fort’s Interstate Cadet still survive, in addition to the JRS. I seem to recall the number of Pearl survivors being seven in total.
To be more precise, I have updated the post.