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U.S. Air Force Helicopter History
James H. Ozier, Captain, USAF (Fallen)September 27, 1916 – August 26, 1959
H-21Thule AB, Greenland26 August 1959
Eureka Humboldt Standard (Eureka, CA.),Fri, Aug 28, 1959, page 3
Six Americans Die in Copter Crash
Washington (UPI) — Six Americans, including a U. S. diplomat, were killed Wednesday night in the crash of an Air Force helicopter near Thule Air Base, Greenland.
A seventh person, a Dane, also was killed.
The dead include: Livingston L. Satterthwaite, Ambler, PA., deputy chief of the U. S. diplomatic mission in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Capt. Dale W. Robertson, co-pilot, husband of Lorraine E. Robertson, Novato, CA.
Names of others killed in this crash are not known at this time.
Victim Was Former Pilot At Hamilton
Daily Independent Journal (San Rafael, California)Thu, Aug 27, 1959, Page 1
A helicopter crash in Greenland yesterday killed a Novato ‘copter pilot, a senior U.S. Foreign Service officer and five other persons.
The fatal crash was announced today at Westover Air Force Base, Mass.
Among those killed when the ‘copter went down near Thule Air Base in Greenland was Capt. Dale W. Robertson of 81 Pico Vista, Novato, a former ‘copter pilot with the 41st Air Rescue Squadron at Hamilton Air Force Base. He was transferred to Thule Air Base in June.
The Foreign Service officer Killed was Livingston Lord Satterhwaite, 50, deputy chief of missions at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was in Greenland, a Danish possession, on official business, the Associated Press reported from Washington.
Captain Robertson was co-pilot of the helicopter. Pilot was Capt. JamesH. Ozier. Other victims included the commander of the Army 7th Artillery Group at Thule, the air attaché of the U.S. Embassy at Copenhagen, and Army major and a Dane.
Captain Robertson’s wife, Lorraine, was prostrated by news of the tragedy.
The Robertson’s have resided in Novato about three years, since the captain’s transfer here. The family remained there on his transfer to Greenland.
There are two daughters and a son, Peggy, 7, Susan, 2, and David, 5.
Captain Robertson was originally from Rhinelander, Wis.
The Air Force indentified the other Americans in the helicopter as:Capt. James H. Ozier, Albuquerque, N.M., pilot of the helicopter.Col. Kenneth R. Kenerick, commander of the Army 7th Artillery Group at Thule.Col. James F. Hogan, air attaché to the American Embassy at Copenhagen.Maj. Frank W. Chandler, Kingstree, S.C.