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Operation Highjump – Page 4 of 4

by Ned Harris (USCS # 3608)

 

The greatest achievement of Operation Highjump was its acquisition of approximately 70,000 aerial photographs of the coast of Antarctica and selected inland areas. Unfortunately, a large percentage of the photographs were rendered useless due to a lack of adequate ground control points. Fortunately, this deficiency was rectified the following year by a much smaller expedition, Operation Windmill composed of the icebreakers Edisto and Burton Island, which succeeded in obtaining most of the needed ground control points.

Covers exist from all 13 ships involved in Operation Highjump. All of the vessels had post offices on-board with the exception of Sennet and Yancey.

 

 

Penalty cover from the U.S.S. Yancey with Operation Highjump cachet.

 

This list is page VI-1 and VI-2 of Data Sheet #2 published by the Universal Ship Cancellation Society. This data sheet includes Operation Highjump information, a list of U.S. submarine disasters during peacetime, a list of ships supporting Operation Crossroads as well as the target list, Operation Inland Seas information and a list of battleships of the US Navy. This Data Sheet is available for sale from the Universal Cancellation Society.

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Data Sheet No. 26, published by the Universal Ship Cancellation Society, is a handy reference for anyone interested in collecting covers from ships involved in Arctic or Antarctic Operations. The data sheet lists all the ships that participated in the various polar operations from 1946 until 2003. In most cases the dates they operated in the Polar Regions are also specified.

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