First Military Helicopter Rescue in Burma, 1944 with an R-4

by Andy Whyte

The first helicopter rescue mission was in Burma - April, 1944, during World War II. The helicopter was a Sikorsky R-4.

An American pilot flying a light fixed wing aircraft attempted to airlift three wounded British solders, in a fixed wing aircraft but was forced to land due to engine trouble. The R-4 was called in to make a rescue of the now four stranded men. because the first helicopters had very limited capabilities it was necessary for the helicopter to fly into the jungle four times, removing only one man on each flight.

Image Size:21" x 15"
Type of Edition:Limited Edition Print
Stock Number:AW-1405-P