Relates to the U.S. Antarctic expedition,Operation High Jump in 1946. Reconnaissance aircraft take off for a search and rescue mission in Antarctica. Crew members of a PMB-5 Mariner aircraft fly above the Antarctica in search of a crashed airplane crew - the crew of the Mariner George 1. The missing crew is located on Thurston Island after 13 days by Commander Howell, supplies are dropped for the survivors and they are rescued finally. Aerial scenes of the crew discovered and the names of the dead painted by the survivors on the plane wing. Three did not survive: Max Lopez, Bud Hendersin, Fred Williams. Captain George Dufek welcomes the survivors. Survivors Captain Caldwell, Moore, Robbins, Kearns, McCarthy, eating their food (not including seriously injured "Frenchie" LeBlanc). Coastguard icebreaker arrives. Supplies and equipment are loaded back on the ships. Admiral Richard E. Byrd is seen. Animated map shows the statistics of Operation High Jump.
Excellent views of a U.S. Navy HO3S-1A helicopter. (This is the U.S. Navy version of the Sikorsky S-51, also known as an H-5). This particular helicopter is one of the first four Sikorsky S-51 helicopters ordered by the U.S. Navy in 1946 for use in Operation High Jump operations in Antarctica. The helicopter on the ship deck in the Pacific Ocean . U.S. Navy Lieutenant Tracy gets onto the helicopter. The helicopter takes off from the ship deck. The navy helicopter comes back in for a landing. Lieutenant Tracy gets off the helicopter and crew members secure it on the flight deck.
Admiral Byrd prepares for South Polar expedition Operation Highjump in Antarctica. Ships at the East Coast Port. A United States plane on the ship. Sailor covers the plane and takes out the wing. Sailors with Husky snow dogs. Admiral Byrd and other officers look at a map. Scenes from former Polar expeditions: Ship sails in water with large amounts of ice in water. People disembark the ship. Tents on the ice. Snow dogs in the polar region. A dog huddling in a doghouse, but largely covered with snow. A man with a dog. Men pull sleds with equipment. Scenes again from Operation High Jump preparing to depart. People stand on ship's deck. A young woman waves to the people. Ship leaves the East Coast Port for south polar expedition.
Activities of men aboard USS Olympus (AGC-8) in the Atlantic Ocean during Operation High Jump.
Men hold a Christmas tree on the deck. The Christmas tree is hoisted into air. Men heave on the line attached to the tree. They secure lines. USS Sennet en route to Antarctica. USS Sennet (SS-408) in rough seas, bow pitches. USS Mt. Olympus in the foreground. Men on Mt. Olympus look out at USS Sennet pitching in rough seas.
Relates to the U.S. Antarctic expedition,Operation High Jump. Animated map shows the way point of the U.S. ships under Admiral Cruzen towards Antarctica. Shows whales and a whaler ship nearby, including whales breaching. U.S. Navy fleet advances through icy layer of Antarctica. A group of emperor penguins in the sea. Reconnaissance helicopters scout ahead. Scenes of Antarctica during twilight. Coastguard icebreaker breaks the icy layer making a way for the U.S. Navy fleet. A reconnaissance helicopter scouts ahead. The Submarine USS Sennet (SS-408) gets stuck in ice. Rescue boat rushes at the site of the stuck sub to save the crew. The Seaplane Tener Pine Island sends a helicopter which locates the old hut of Scott's 37 year old British expedition. The helicopter of the Eastern Group crashes while trying to land on the Pine Island. Crash boat rescues Captain George Dufek and his pilot.
Relates to the U.S. Antarctic expedition,Operation High Jump. Show USS Pine Island (AV-12) and its crew. A PBM-5 Mariner takes off to map the Phantom coast in Antarctica. Shows Admiral Richard E. Byrd's plane in flight above Antarctica. Photographic survey of Antarctica is made. Valuable data is recorded. Byrd's plane falls short of fuel and loses altitude rapidly. Altitude meter shows a rapid drop in the altitude. Extra weight is dumped from the plane. Byrd's plane manages to land successfully.