2. Throughout the recent war, the Royal Canadian Air Force operated a search and rescue service, established primarily to render aid to R.C.A.F. aircraft in distress. In order to meet a requirement for an over-all search and rescue organization in Canada, that service was reorganized on the 18th June, 1947.
3. The following specially equipped air and marine craft are available to the search and rescue organization:
Trenton: 1 Canso, 1 Norseman.
Halifax: 3 Lancasters, 1 Canso, 1 Norseman, 1 Helicopter; marine craft-2 high speed rajpue launches based at Dartmouth, N.S.
Edmonton: 3 Canso, 2 Norsemen, 1 Helicopter.
Fort Nelson: 1 Dakota, 1 Norseman.
Whitehorse, Y.T.: 1 Dakota, 1 Norseman.
Winnipeg: 1 Canso, 1 Norseman.
Vancouver: 1 Lancaster, 1 Canso, 1 Norseman ; marine craft-2 high speed rescue launches based at Patricia Bay, B.C.
The Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army, and other government departments co-operate when required.
4. From the date of reorganization, 18th June, 1947 to 31st March, 1948, the following
missions have been undertaken:
Search for missing aircraft 13
Search for missing marine craft
13Evacuation of sick and/or injured
16Missions to provide medical assistance ... 2Total
Subtopic: NATIONAL DEFENCE-SEARCH AND RESCUE SERVICE