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USCGC Air Stork (WAVR 468)
ex-USS SC-1296

Call sign:
Nan - Peter - King - Zebra


SC-1296 served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 11 February 1943 PC-1296 by W. A. Robinson, Inc., Ipswich, Massachusetts
  • Reclassified SC-1296 in April 1943
  • Launched 20 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS SC-1296, 16 September 1943 under the command of LTJG Nelson Schwab, Jr., USNR
  • Decommissioned 14 August 1945
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 11 October 1945 and commissioned USCGC Air Stork (WAVR 468)
  • Sold 14 January 1948
  • Acquired in 1949 by G. B. L., Inc. of Morehead City, NC for use as a fishing boat and renamed George R. Wallace
  • Scrapped in 1962.


  • Displacement 103 t.
  • Length 110' 10"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6' 6"
  • Speed 21 kts.
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 40mm gun mount, two .50 cal. machine guns, two depth charge projector "Y Guns," and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,540bhp General Motors (Electro-Motive Div.) 16-184A diesel engines, two shafts.
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