Simiutak

Weather & Radio Station
 


The Camp - BW-3 - Feb. 1945

Station #

Call Sign

Bluie code

Build

Location

No. 29

WXVM-592
Rockwood Radio

BW 3

summer 1942

6041'N 4632'W

 

APO 858 hand cancel used on Simiutak (BW-3) - by Gale Raymond, Ice Cap News 1991:

"I didn't even try to reach Simiutak, accessible on its tiny rock-ledge only by a small supply boat or a rare helicopter, which sometimes also making a stop at Narssak point, a 4-man weather station halfway down the fjord. Simiutak had perhaps 25 or 30 men, including one officer.
I was told letters were picked up haphazardly by happenstance, and taken back to BW-1 for postmarking and fly-out. On even more rare occasions, and dependant on ice and weather, an icebreaker or supply-boat going "out" or "homeward-bound" would stop by or snatch-up mail.

At some point Simiutak was designated as APO 858-1, a branch of APO 858 still at BW-1. It is doubtful if Simiutak mail was ever cancelled other than at the main APO. In 1954, I wrote the Officer-in-Charge at Simiutak, a capt. R. H. Shea, AACS Detachment 1935-1, re a possible cancel there. Shaking down the Orderly Room, he found an old hand cancel, year date missing, which appeared never to have touched ink! Experimentally, he cancelled two covers to me of a May 5 date, 858, of the 4-bar hand cancel.
In a chatty letter, he suggested it may have been issued to cancel mail opportunely going out directly "homebound" to USA or a major supply-base in Newfoundland, by sea.
About one year later, I again wrote to the current Officer-in-Charge, who wrote that the cancel and a lot of other things had been phased-out and returned to BW-1, where all mail was routinely cancelled by them."

 

Assigned Year Personnel Units
US Army 1942-57 25-30 men 8th Weather Squadron Detachment
13
5th Army Airways Communication System Squadron

136th Army Airways Communication System Squadron
137th Army Airways Communication System Squadron
1935-1 AACS Det
Denmark 1946-? app ? men -



From H. Holger Hansen p.t. Simiutak - Greenland
Canc. APO 858  (23.4.1946)



1 cent QSL-card from OX3BD at Simiutak
Canc. APO 858 machine (24.1.1948)



1 cent QSL-card from OX3BD at Simiutak
Canc. APO 858  (3.9.1949)



2 cent QSL-card from OX3BD at Simiutak
Canc. APO 858  (18.2.1953)


Letter from Capt. R.H.Shea AACS Det 1935-1
Canc. APO 858 on Simiutak by handstamp without year (5.5.[1954])

 


Letter from civilian worker - NAC - on Simiutak island.
Local hand cancel APO 858 (3.8.[1954])

Name

Postmark

Date

Sender

Note

Simiutak APO 858 23.4.46 H. Holger Hansen
8th Weather Squadron
NAW-AD, ATC
APO 858 New York, N.Y.
p.t. Simiutak - Greenland
PR
Simiutak APO 858 24.1.48 QSL from OX3BD
Simiutak - Greenland
APO 858 New York, N.Y.
PR
Simiutak APO 858 3.9.49 QSL from OX3BD
Simiutak - Greenland
APO 858 New York, N.Y.
PR
Simiutak APO 858
local
18.2.(53) QSL from OX3BD
Simiutak, Greenland
1935-1 AACS
APO 858 New York, N.Y.
PR
Simiutak APO 858
local
5.5.(54) Capt. R.H.Shea
AACS Det 1935-1
Simiutak - Greenland
GR
Simiutak APO 858
local
3.8.(54) William F. Miller
North Atlantic Constructors
APO 858 New York N.Y.
PR

Postal Service

Post Office

Postmark

Year

Note

APO N/A 1942-57 US Army
APO N/A 1945-57 Danish

APO 858

(1953-54) US Army

Gallery

Mail drop Simiutak

1952-53

SA-16's from
51st Air Sea Rescue Sqdn.

Mail drop Simiutak

1952-53

"X" marked the mail drop spot

H/F & VHF Radio Direction Finder Site

1952-53

Radio Range and Z-Marker Buildings.

1952-53

Simiutak -
The Camp.

1952-53

Unloading supplies from USCG Cutter Laurel.
 11th Feb. 1945

Personnel

Year

Name

Note

1946 H. Holger Hansen Danish
194? "Bert" J. Ralph A.A.C.S.
1949 Ed. Bernfeld A.A.C.S.
1954 Capt. R. H. Shea US Army

External Links: Jim Chase
 

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