Goose Bay, Labrador

1961 – Historical Report – USAF Historical Division

Historical Record
641st AC&W Squadron
Goose Bay, Labrador
1 April 1961 to 30 June 1961

Section I


  1. Unit and Location

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

  1. Name and Grade of Commander

Claude R Boydston, Major, USAF

  1. Chain of Command (Superior Echelons)
  2. 641st AC&W Squadron
    Goose Air Defense Sector
    64th Air Division (Defense)
    Air Defense Command

  • 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 area of assignment as outlined in ADC (RCAF) ASI 3/4/3, to support the Goose NORAD/CONAD Combat Center area of responsibility as described in NORAD GO Nr. 14 and CONAD GO Nr. 8 dated 13 May 1960, and to function as a Master Direction Center within the Air Defense system.

    Authority: Paragraph 1, Goose Air Defense Sector Regulation 20-2, dated 30 June 1960.

  • Personnel

















  • Equipment (Give official nomenclature and quantity of mission-type equipment)
  • AN/FPS-20A – Two channel prime radar, AN/FPS-6A radar height finder, 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


    During the period of this report Operations accomplished training in the following schedules:

    (see the matrix at the end of this report)

    Weapons directors attempted 853 intercepts during this period and completed 827 successfully for and intercept rate of .969 or 97%. This squadron is presently one hundred percent manned in the weapons director functions. All directors are combat ready. A technical evaluation was held by the 64th Air Division (Defense) on 19-21 June 1961. The official results had not been received by the time of this report.

    C&E Maintenance:

    Depot level maintenance teams accomplished the following mechanical and electronic equipment overhaul during this quarter: NE-611 Switchboards, Air/Ground UHF radio facilities and AN/UPA-35 radar scopes.

    Because of difficulty in procuring ferrite isolators, the height finder radar power output is coupled directly to the hollow wave guide and is operating satisfactorily in this manner although on reduced power. The isolator has been on order since 15 May 1961. Supply follow-up action is continuing. Both the radar maintenance section and the communications center returned to three eight hour work shifts instead of two twelve hour shifts which were necessary during the April and May manpower shortage.

    Food Service:

    During this reporting period the Food Service Section Office was completed. A new heavy duty safe was installed in this office to replace the old field safe. New stainless steel sinks, new stainless steel covers for the grill, new dish dispensers and a new ice making machine should improve the service in the serving line. On 25 June 1961 we started operating under the new system of drawing rations.


    Project "Money Tree" has continued throughout the reporting period resulting in approximately $9,000.00 of excess property being turned in to Base Supply. Large quantities of FPS-20, FPS-6 and T-4 spares have been received. Inventory of Technical Supply was completed and all line items are now in balance with the records. Bins in Unit Supply were rearranged to utilize all available space. All Arctic clothing has been cleaned and stored awaiting the coming winter. The close out and carry forward of fiscal year records has been completed for both Unity Supply and Technical Supply.

    Motor Pool:

    There were no reportable accidents during this reporting period. The nine (9) vehicles assigned to this squadron were dispatched a total of 782 times during this three (3) month period.

    (see the matrix at the end of this report)

    Personnel Services:

    The new library in the basement of "A" Barracks was completed during this period affording more room and more comfort. Summer Survival School and fishing trips to the various lakes are keeping squadron personnel busy during this reporting period. New fishing equipment is now being enjoyed by all since it arrived in June. One USO show was presented and will be part of a special TV program later this year celebrating the 20th anniversary of USO Shows presented to military organizations around the world.

    Civil Engineering:

    The Marconi Company overhaul team arrived on station the latter part of June and commenced a top-overhaul on engines 1-5. The power plant will be modified to increase capacity later this year. Architect engineers arrived here during June to start the design work. Field testing of the BMEWS no-break units was conducted satisfactorily. Work orders have been submitted to the support base for modifications on main panel. The BX facility was completely renovated and the Airmen’s Club and game room were relocated. Officers Dining Area was completed in the BOQ. Included was a combination snack bar and kitchen facility. New contracts awarded are as follows:

    FY-61 MCP: Construction of a new 28 man barracks commencing this summer.

    FY-61 O&M Program: Nine (9) O&M projects to be completed this fall and summer; total cost approximately $70,000.

    Typed Name and Grade of Commander

    Claude R Boydston, Major, USAF



    Operations Training by Equipment


    48 hours

    0A/1767/GPS-T2A (ECM)

    12 hours

    Motor Pool Driving Statistics

    Miles Travelled


    Passengers Carried


    Pounds Carried