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Dear Mr. Buter,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
In a letter dated October 18, 2018, from the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2), you received this information:
Staff members of RDT2 searched records in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) and located the deck log entry from the USS Midway (CVB 41) for December 29, 1947, describing the helicopter crash in Naples, Italy. A copy of that deck log entry was included with the letter.
They also searched the Records of the Bureau of Aeronautics (Record Group 72) and located the aircraft accident report regarding the investigation and conclusion for the cause of the crash. A copy of that report complete with photographs of the crash site was included in the letter as well.
Lastly, they searched the Records of Naval Operating Forces (Record Group 313) but were unable to locate any additional records that might have been included in the records of the 6th Fleet or the Commander-in-Chief, Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean that may pertain to the accident.
There is a slight possibility that additional information may be available at the Operational Archives Branch, Naval History & Heritage Command, 805 Kidder Breese Street, SE, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC 20374-5060. Please contact them directly.
We hope this review is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
The helicopter was a Sikorsky HO3S-1 BuNo 122511.
You may be able to order a copy of the accident report for $20 from AAIR (Aviation Archaeological Investigation & Research) at