Goose Bay, Labrador

1960 – Historical Report – USAF Historical Division

Historical Record
641st AC&W Squadron
Goose Bay, Labrador
1 January 1960 to 31 March 1960

Section I


  1. Unit and Location

641st AC&W Squadron
APO 677, New York, NY

  1. Name and Grade of Commander

Delbert R Smyth, Major, USAF

  1. Chain of Command (Superior Echelons)
  2. United States Air Force
    Air Defense Command
    64th Air Division (Defense)
    4732nd Air Defense Group

  • Subordinate Units (Down to and including squadrons)
  • None

  • Mission (Give authority and brief statement of primary mission)
  • The mission of the 641st AC&W Squadron is to conduct Air Defense operations within that area assigned by Headquarters, 64th Air Division (Defense) and function as a Prime Direction Center within the Air Defense system.
    Authority: Paragraph 2, 4732nd Air Defense Group Regulation No. 20-2, dated 1 April 1958.

  • Personnel

















  • Equipment (Give official nomenclature and quantity of mission-type equipment)
  • AN/CPS-6B Prime Radar, AN/TPS-502 Back-up Height Radar, AN/FPS-502 Back-up Search Radar, AN/GPX-6 Radar Identification, 10 Cummins Diesel Generators, 8 AN/GRC-27 Multi-Channel UHF Transmitter-Receivers, 6 AN/GRT-3 Single Channel UHF Transmitter-Receivers, 6 AN/GRR-7 Single Channel Receivers, 5 AN/FRT-502 VHF Transmitters, 11 AF/URG-60 VHF Receivers.

    Section II



    The primary events occurring in this squadron during the period of this report were a General Inspection and an extensive physical alteration of the Operations Center. The 64th AD (D) Inspector General and his staff conducted the annual inspection during the week of 1-5 March.. The Operations Center was rated as "Satisfactory". Simultaneous with the inspection, the 64th AD (D) Director of Operations and his staff visited this squadron to establish the areas of responsibility which the 641st ACWRON was to assume on 1 April 1960 when the 64th AD (D) terminated its COC function. The COC function was to be transferred to the 641st ACWRON on 1 April. To accommodate the increased operational function, the 641st Operations Center had to be altered radically. On 9 March, Operations went on Hip-Pocket status and moved into the upper dias where a reduced function was performed until 26 March. Between 9 March and 26 March, the Operations Center was physically revamped to provide for an MDC/COC function. Communications and radar facilities were removed and reinstalled to provide facilities to support the new combined functions. Beginning on 28 March, Operations instituted around-the-clock Category 1 STP’s in preparation for assuming MDC responsibilities on 1 April.

    Training scheduled for this period include the following totals by equipment:

    (see the matrix at the end of this report)

    The intercept rate during this period remained at .9905 or 99 percent.

    C&E Equipment Performance and Maintenance:

    A modification of the Double Coincidence Circuit, Card #233, of the AN/UPS-T5 was designed, tested and proved in operation at this station. The modification provides a realistic "skin paint" for scope presentations. A letter with diagrams and circuit data was submitted through channels for possible official approval, acceptance and commercial manufacture. During the period of this report, five (5) RNFP and three (3) ROCP supply actions were required to expedite procurement of radar parts.

    In preparation for supporting the MDC/COC on 1 April, eight additional teletype services were re-routed from the 64 AD (D) and terminated in the 641st Comm Center. These services included terminals for Thule, Iceland, Argentia, Stephenville, Cape Dyer, ADC Surveillance, and ADC Alert #1.

    An AN/GRA-24, 1000 watt amplifier, was returned to AMC stock because it was excess to AC&W mission requirements.


    The 641st Supply section fulfilled the requirements of Project Count during the months of February and March. Over three thousand (3000) line items were counted.

    Civil Engineering:

    A major overhaul of five diesel engines was completed in March. Overhaul of the remaining five engines is scheduled for April. A preventative maintenance program was instituted in February. Eleven FY 61 Operations and Maintenance programs were approved by 64 AD (D). Total cost of this program is $132,200.

    Motor Pool:

    Drivers of the 641st Motor Pool completed 142,084 miles of driving by the end of this period without a reportable accident. The total number of days without accident amounts to 605. Statistics for the period of this report are as follows:

    (see the matrix at the end of this report)

    Provost Marshal:

    A Phase One, Disaster Control Exercise was executed in March to test the reaction time of defense/disaster teams. All posts were manned in fourteen (14) minutes.

    An outstanding rating was given to the Air Police section by the Inspector General in March.

    Special Services:

    Two airmen from the 641st took part in the 64 AD (D) Bowling tournament. A second and fifth place trophy were won by the 641st contenders. The Squadron Basketball Team won the 64 AD (D) tournament in January.

    Special Notes:

    The squadron was host to the following visitors this period.

    (see the matrix at the end of this report)

    Typed Name and Grade of Commander

    Delbert R Smyth, Major, USAF



    Operations Training by Equipment


    71 hours


    58 hours


    8 hours


    116 hours

    Motor Pool Driving Statistics

    Vehicles Assigned


    Miles Driven


    Passengers Carried


    Cargo Carried, Lbs.


    Special Visitors

    General Kuter, NORAD

    Lt. General Atkinson, ADC

    Brigadier General Smith, NORAD

    Brigadier General Coulter, ADC

    Brigadier General Terrell, 64 AD (D)