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Note NOTICE: "...The story of PatRon 101 during the early days of WWII needs to be told in greater detail and I am attempting to add something to that history. In researching the history of USS CHAMBERS, DE/DER-391, I find that this ship was named for a PatRon 101 flier, Russell Franklyn Chambers who was killed on 27 December 1941. Digging further, I've found that at least nine destroyer escorts were named for members of this squadron. I'm now planning to write the story of these seven PBY crew members and the ships named for them. As such, I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who has anything to contribute to this story. George J. Chambers gjchambers@aol.com SCPO, USN, Retired..." [15JUN2007]

Note NOTICE: "...I just received some Navy film showing what appears to be VPB-116 #38800 showing the crew during a high altitude mission and upon landing at Tinian (Black and White with good to excellent quality). Another film, in color, shows VD-1 31996 Calamity Jane warming up and taking off (excellent quality). I would like to collect more film copies from any individuals that served with Navy/Marine PB4Y-1 Liberator and PB4Y-2 Privateer squadrons (VD-1, VD-3, VD-4, VD-5, VP-101, VP-102, VP-103, VP-104, VP-105, VP-106, VP-107, VP-108, VP-109, VP-110, VP-111, VP-112, VP-115, VP-116, VP-117, VP-118, VP-119, VP-120, VP-121, VP-122, VP-123, and VP-124). Thanks. Alan C. Carey acarey@austin.rr.com..." [27OCT2006]

Note NOTICE: VP History ThumbnailCameraVP-101 Item? "...Did anyone from VP-101 notice the item on page 87 of the October 2005 National Geographic? The contents of a albatross' stomach. Bottom right. Little piece of white plastic with "VP-101". Does it look familiar to anyone? Interesting!...Jim hawkwyndca@yahoo.ca..." [09OCT2005]

UPDATE "...Oceans of Waste - Waves of junk are flowing into the food chain - Sunday Magazine - April 23, 2006..." WebSite: The Seattle Times Company - Pacific Northwest http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/pacificnw04232006/coverstory.html [22APR2006]

Take a piece of plastic marked "VP-101" found in the stomach of a dead Laysan albatross chick along with cigarette lighters, bottle caps and hundreds of other pieces of plastic (all pictured in National Geographic, October 2005). Ebbesmeyer helped confirm that "VP-101" was likely a Bakelite tag for a U.S. Navy patrol squadron during World War II, and could, indeed, have floated in the ocean for 60 years before the albatross swallowed it.

UPDATE "...While reading the November 2005 of National Geographic, I noticed on page 87 a partial tag that reads VP-101. The tag was removed from the stomach of a dead albatross. If I read the information correctly from the VP-101 information posted on this site, I see that VP-101 was redesignated: 03DEC40. If so, and that tag is really from VP-101, then that tag has a few years on it!...Keith Chapman keithchap@verizon.net..." [16OCT2005]

Note NOTICE: "...After contacting CDR Donald Dixon USN Ret., I am now trying to locate the son of a LT Bergstrom who apparantly has my Father's log book. Sure would appreciate any help anyone can give me. This is in regard to VP-101 (101-P-42) February 24, 1942. Thanks alot...Jeanne Lewall Gladish wish4olr@aol.com..." [30AUG2004]

Note NOTICE: "...I would like to bring one small detail up that I found. You have a section about VP-101. In that section you have notes, stories and information on VP-101 and VPB-101. There are two separate and completely unrelated squadrons. VP-101 flew PBYs throughout the war. VPB-101 was a different squadron that flew the Navy's version of the B-24. I have found a lot of confusion in regards to these two squadrons. When the designation for all Navy patrol squadrons were changed to VPB on October 1, 1944, VP-101 was changed to VPB-29 since the designation VPB-101 was already in use. VPB-29 was decommissioned at the end of 1944. VPB-101 went on. I would like to see this section broken up into two new sections, one for VP-101 and the other for VPB-101. They both had long and glorious histories..." Contributed by Mike Goodwin GoodyPBY@AOL.COM [02DEC98]

Note NOTICE: "...I am the youngest son of Henry Hartzog. I am inquiring of anyone that may know my father and was part of his squadron, training at the end of WWII at NAS Floyd Bennett Field, New York and a gunnery school in Laredo. My father was part of VX-4 then VPB-101. Henry left the Nave sometime in 1946. If I have the information correct, and anyone knows him, please send me an email. I have found multitude of information on this site but for my father's benefit, would appreciate any other information, pictures, or insite to the squadron...Rick Hartzog rhartzog@sbcglobal.net..." [09AUG2003]

Note NOTICE: "...I am trying to locate a crew member of my father's PBY by the name RM1c Charles Fraser. He was on my dads plane at Ambon, Dutch East Indies 1/15/1942. He was a member of CPW-10 (VP-102 I think). If anyone knows his address or phone number it would be appreciated...Bob Bergstrom pbybergstrom@comcast.net..." [05MAY2001]

Note NOTICE: "...Hi, I recently obtained a logbook of a Lt. F. A. Welsh. Unfortunately, no squadron was written in it. I believe that he was with either VPB-103 or VPB-110 from the time that he went overseas. He was a PPC and was in England from September 1943 til June of 1944, flying missions in the Bay. If anyone out there has ANY information about Lt. Welsh or his crew, I'd be most happy to hear from you. This site is awesome, I come here alot. Blue Skies...Mark J Adamic blackct401@aol.com..." [13OCT2000]

Note NOTICE: "...I need help locating anyoneone that served with my father, Wayne Shugarts, in VPB-28, VP-101, discharged June 30 1951. He is due the distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, and a host of other medals that he never received. I would lkie to talk to anybody that may have served from 1946 1951 in VPB-28 or VP-101...Scott Shugarts sshugarts@yahoo.com..." [08SEP99]

Note NOTICE: "...I'm looking for info on VPB-101. My late father-in-law Robert B. Shaffer (337-67-00) was a radioman on a PB4Y (1 or 2?) during the campaign in the Philippines in 1944. According to a newspaper account, VPB-101 destroyed 54 ships and damaged 67 others during that tour. They also dropped small "I Shall Return" mirrors over the Philippines. Apparently, my father-in-law's plane was involved in shooting down a four-engine Japanese transport. I believe the commanding officer at the time was Comdr J. A. Miller. Would anyone know which plane my father-in-law flew on or who the pilot was? I'd like to build a model and paint it in the proper markings...Bruce R. Scheidhauer bruce.r.scheidhauer@boeing.com..." [24JUN98]

Note NOTICE: "...I am trying to trace the history of my father, William Matthew Mahoney b Jan 1918 whose history is believed to be this: Navy regular, was a Pearl Harbour when Japs attacked, Rear Gunner for Catalinas, possibly in VP-21 Squadron or VP-22 Squadron, Moved to Perth Western Australia early 1942 with other squadrons and was reformed as VP-101. Operated from Perth then to Phillipines, at end of war was a Chief Petty Officer. Believed to have died in Jacksonville Florida 1968/1969. If anyone knows anthing of his service history and any personal details such as children, please let me know....Mike Mahoney mahone@wn.com.au..." [27APR98]

UPDATE "...I have made contact with my father's family in Florida and visited them in August of this year but I am still seeking a history of his service. He died in Jacksonville Florida 1971..." [08DEC99

UPDATE "...Mr,. Mahone: If your father was the "Wild Bill" Mahone of U.S. Navy Patrol Squadron 22 early in 1942, you are the one I am looking for. If you are, I can furnish you some squadron rosters and possibly some other information which may be helpful. My oldest brother (Ted LeBaron) was a crewman in 22-P-4. Patrol Wing TEN was getting pretty well beat up and I asked Ted once how the crews felt about it - about their general morale. He said it was o.k. I inquired about feelings of hatred for the Japs (the plane in which Ted was a crewman was shot down north of Darwin by Japanese Navy Zeros on 19 February 1942 but Ted himself seemed not to have any feeling at all, one way or another, against the Japs.) He said the old time he could remember it coming up was when he and "Wild Bill" were running through the jungle to get away from their hangar at Ambon, which was about to be bombed by unmolested Jap bombers, and "Wild Bill" saying something to the effect: "I just hope the time comes when they can be down here and I can be up there!" Ted may have censored that quote a little - you probably knew "Wild Bill" better than he did..." Contributed by allan_lebaron@hotmail.com [08DEC99]

Note NOTICE: "...Trying to get information on Shipmates that were attached to VPB-100 or VPB-101 with my father, Clarence Willis Duke. My father served from April 1942 to April 1946. He was an aviation machinist mate. His plane was the "Willie 13". Pilot was a LCDR Southerland. One of his friends, who recently passed away, was a radioman named Dale Kuhns...Clarence Alan Duke cduke46956@aol.com..." [23APR98]

Note NOTICE: "...My father was Herman Hougland and he was a PBY Pilot in VP-101 and served in the Southwest Pacific in 1942 & 1942 any old shipmates out there? Philip Hougland hougie@trader.com..." [14DEC97]

Note NOTICE: "...I am looking for anybody who may have known my grandfather's brother. His name was Charles "Chuck" Boudreau, he was stationed in Guadacanal at Henderson Airfield during World War II with the VPB-101 bombing group until 1943. He was a gunner on a PBY-4 called "Big Op". He was shot down in October of 1944 after returning to the war. If anybody knew him please send e-mail to me, Raven424@aol.com Thank you very much. Nathan Huss Raven424@aol.com..." [00XXX97]

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