Naval Air Station Port Lyautey, Kenitra, Morocco

The photographs and comments on this page were contributed by Ed Wood, former BM2/c who served at Craw Field between 1944 - 1945. Craw Field later became the Port Lyautey Naval Air Station. He served there for 18 months.

Ed was assigned to a 63 foot air sea crash boat which patrolled off shore on area duty when the PBY5A's were pulled out of the water. He relates, "we picked up the crash boat in Jacksonville, it was made by the Huckins Yacht Company". "We went up the inland waterways to Norfolk with another boat". "We were both loaded on the deck of the USS Housatonic, a tanker loaded with aviation gas, joined a convoy and headed for Casablanca", We unloaded some fuel and headed for Port Lyautey where our boat was off-loaded and I went ashore as part of the crew". "The other boat went to Sardinia and was later lost in an invasion.

He also remembers the original Seabee group that landed there. "They landed with a rifle on one hand and a hammer in the other". "They were patching the runway while planes were landing"."They were an older group then the Seabees of today and many of them had worked on the Hoover Dam and other big projects". " They could set up a tent city over night". Ed went on to say that "when the war in Europe ended in May 1945, they wanted to get people out to the Pacific". "I left North Africa and arrived in NY the day before the big VJ Day celebration". I was then mustered out.

He also noted that while reading the comments, on the website, regarding what people had to say about duty in the 50's and 60's, Port Lyautey did not sound like the same place.

A photograph of Craw Field taken from a Seabee crane. In the background can be seen aircraft and the air-strip. Landscaping in this photograph and the below right were done by Italian POW's.

BM2/c Ed Wood in front of quarters. Boat Division Quarters, Craw Field.

SS St. Hughes, sunk in the Sebou River during the Port Lyautey invasion. Craw Field crash boat crew.

Captured German Dormer in the Sebou River. Boat crew preparing for fox hole guard duty.

Out with the boys and the locals. Shore Patrol duck (?) hunt


The above photograph of is a crashed blimp belonging to ZP-14. The blimp had been moored but one of the mooring lines was severed when a French Officer drove a vehicle onto the field, into the ZP-14 squadron unauthorized area and hit and severed the mooring line.

Ed Wood's 63 foot air sea crash boat

Ed Wood, BM2/C, on duty, off Port Lyautey!