Men of Utility Squadron 1 (VJ-1) at Pearl Harbor with a Sikorsky JRS-1

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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.

 

 

6 thoughts on “Men of Utility Squadron 1 (VJ-1) at Pearl Harbor with a Sikorsky JRS-1

  1. Hello Jivebombers,
    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 Robinson

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    1. 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.
      ~Will

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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