Christmas Eve 1955, Yuba City, CA: The perfect storm leads to the perfect flood and the Coast Guard responds.

On Christmas Eve 1955, a series of fierce storms pounded northern California resulting in flooding that officials called "the greatest disaster in California since the San Francisco earthquake in 1906."

This is Dr. Doug Kroll's detailed description of Coast Guard helicopter No. 1305 and the courageous Guardsmen who braved the swiftly rising waters in and around Yuba City, California, to perform some of the most harrowing rescues ever recorded.

A must-read for aviation enthusiasts (particulary those into helicopters) and those interested in how today's modern rescue efforts were influenced by this one, tragic yet epic event.

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