A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Patrol Aviation In The Pacific In WWII - Naval Aviation News - July-August 1992.." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1990s/1992/ja92.pdf [11NOV2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...LT John Louis DePrato Jr. (August 14th, 1920 - November 14th, 2004). Inducted March 29th, 1942 at NAS New Orleans, Louisiana, he received his training at NAS New Orleans, Louisiana, NAS Pensacola, Florida and NAS North Island, San Diego, California. On December 15th, 1942 he embarked for the Pacific Theater where he served with VP-71 at NAS Midway Island, NOB Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides Islands, Tulagi, New Georgia and Bouganiville and with VH-2 at NAS Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, Marianas Islands. LT Deprato particpated in the campaings in the Solomon area, New George, Bouganville and at Vanikora, Santa Cruz. He was transferred to inactive status on December 16th, 1945. Based on Dad's documents - he served with FAW-14, VP-54, VP-71 and VH-2..." Contributed by Jay Deprato firstname.lastname@example.org [07DEC2010]NAS New Orleans, Louisiana
May 1942 - July 1942
NAS Pensacola, Florida
July 1942 - November 1942
January 1943 - April 1943
MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
Dad was assigned to VP-54 on January 22nd, 1943. Dad logged his first patrol flight (10 hours in a PBY-5A with 5 passengers. He was ordered to Gunnery Training with a 3.57 completion score with orders to VP-71.
November 1942 - February 1944
Qualified Patrol Plane Commander
April 1944 - August 1945
January 1945 - October 1945
NAS Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, Marianas Islands
Dad was assigned to VH-2 until he received orders on October 2nd, 1945 to report to NAS New Orleans, Louisiana for discharge.
"...Here is a collection of photograph's my Dad had..." Contributed by Jay Deprato email@example.com [21DEC2010]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Final Historical Report as of 12 November 1945..." WebSite: PBY http://www.pby.com [26DEC2005]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...My father, AMM Robert S. (Bob) Allison, served in VP-19 (VPB-19) from 1942 to 1946. I have a photo of his crew taken at NAS Alameda, California in 1943 that includes my father and Lt.(jg) A.L. Macauley, Ens. N.H. McDade, as well as others identified only by last names: Baxter, Jenson, Sunquist, Mullens, Scribner, Clark, Widener, and Mizenko; will try to post this photo. I also have my father's Aviators Flight Log Book listing nearly 150 flights from March 1944 to July 1945, mostly in the PBM-3D. Patrols appear to be mostly from Eniwetok and Saipan and include missions over then-Japanese held Wake and Ponape islands, and in March 1945 over Chichi Jima and to within 100 miles of the Japanese coast. VPB-19 won a Unit Citation for operating from an open roadstead off Iwo Jima in March 1945, and the first use of JATO in a combat area. We also have an address from the Captain of USS Hamlin (AV-15) dated 18 Feb 45 (the day before the landings at Iwo). The Hamlin, in conjuction with Seaplane Tenders USS Chincoteague (AVP-24) and USS Williamson (Picture), was to establish a seadrome, which would then be occupied by planes of VPB-19 and VH-2 flown up from Saipan. The Captain said "We are fortunate in having assigned to us for this operation an excellent squadron, VPB-19. They have a fine reputation and are raring to go." Although my father passed away in 1993, I am interested in any additional info on the wartime exploits of VPB-19, and also in hearing from any VPB-19 veterans from that era or their families. Please e-mail me or write to my brother, John Allison, at 7600 Kingsbury Rd. Alexandria, VA 22315-4140. Thanks for the great page...Katy Allison firstname.lastname@example.org..." [19NOV98]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...My Dad, LT Lawrence Joseph Krell (Deceased), served with many squadron including NAF Detroit, Michigan (1935-1939), NAS Pensacola, Florida (1939-1942), VP-62 (1942), VP-42 (1942), FAW-6 (1943), VP-43 (1943-1944), VH-2 (1944), VX-2 (1944), VR-11 (1945) and VR-1 (1945) as reflected in one of his Flight Log Books..." Contributed by his daughter Larinda Pilkerton email@example.com [30OCT2005]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Cicra 1944...Rescue Squadron TWO Roster..." Contributed by MASZTAK, "Ziggie" c/o His Son Don Masztak firstname.lastname@example.org [29AUG2001]Circa Unknown
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A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Other USN squadrons that operated R4D=92s included Air Transport Evacuation Squadrons One, Two and Three (VRE-1, -2 and -3); Rescue Squadrons Two, Three, Five and Fourteen (VH-2, VH-3, VH-5 and -14); Utility Squadrons Four and Seven (VJ-4 and -7); Utility Transport Squadron Two (VRJ-2); Air Ferry Transport Squadrons One to Four (VRF-1 to -4); and Air Ferry Service Squadron One (VRF-1)..." http://www.microworks.net/pacific/aviation/r4d_gooneybird.htm [18MAY2000]
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