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28115. (photo) Richard E Byrd Fourth Antarctic Expedition 1946 – 1947.

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28115. (photo) Richard E Byrd Fourth Antarctic Expedition 1946 – 1947.

28115. (photo) Richard E Byrd Fourth Antarctic Expedition 1946 – 1947. Large 8” x 10” b/w photo shows two of the many vessels for Admiral Byrd’s fourth expedition moored at Wellington, New Zealand. Included in the photo are the Navy icebreaker U. S. S. Mount Olympus (his flagship) and Coast Guard Cutter Northwind at the pier. By the late 1930’s, officials of the United States government were becoming aware of the fact that interest in the Antarctic regions was gaining popular momentum among its citizenry due to the successful expeditions of Byrd. President Franklin D. Roosevelt took an active role in creating the United States Antarctic Service as he pushed for additional Antarctic expeditions. The fourth culminating expedition, Operation Highjump, was the largest Antarctic expedition to date. The total number of personnel involved was over 4,000. The armada arrived in the Ross Sea on December 31, 1946 and made aerial explorations of an area half the size of the United States, recording ten new mountain ranges. Byrd made his second flight over the South Pole before returning to the U.S. (VG). $18.