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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Navy Patrol Plane Aces of WW2 aboard the PB4Y..." [01APR2005]

NAMEKILLSSQUADRON
LTjg Sheldon L. SUTTON7VPB-117
LCDR Neil C. PORTER6VD-3
Lt Paul F. STEVENS6VPB-104
CDR Paul J. BRUNEAU5VB-115
LTjg Jan B. CARTER5VPB-117
ARM2 Paul A. GANSHIRT5VD-3
LT Thomas J. HYLAND5VPB-117
LCDR Harold M. MCGAUGHEY5VPB-117
LT William M. MILLER5VPB-116
LT Daniel E. MOORE5VPB-117
LT William B. OLIVER5VPB-116
SEA1 Richard H. THOMAS5VPB-117

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-104 PB4Y ThumbnailCameraVP-104 PB4Y of BUNO: 38801 "...My dad (William H. Thys (Willie)), (showin' off a bit, methinks) leaning up against their plane... a PB4Y-1 (ser.no. 38801) # 801, one of the B-24-J's originally earmarked for USAAC, traded to the USN, and fitted out with the ERCO nose turret. This shot (along with most, if not all of the shots I have) is "labelled" as being taken at Tacloban airstrip (on the island of LEYTE)..." Contributed by Bill Thys BillTHYS@aol.com

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...FAW's Flying PB4Y-1 (Liberator) and PB4Y-2 (Privateer) Aircraft: FAW-17: VPB-109 (Palawan), VPB-117 (Leyte, Mindora), VPB-119 (Los Negros), VB/VPB-101 (Guadalcanal, Morotai), VB/VPB-104 (Morotai, Leyte, Luzon), VB/VPB-106 (NAF Biak Atoll, Schouten Islands, Dutch New Guinea) and VB/VPB-115 (Los Negros)..." WebSite: Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum http://www.pwam.org/ [10APR2004]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...FAW's Flying PB4Y-1 (Liberator) and PB4Y-2 (Privateer) Aircraft: - FAW-1: VD-1 (Guadalcanal, Guam, Okinawa), VD-3 (Canton), VD-4 (Marshalls, Gilberts), VD-5 (Guam), VPB-108 (Iwo Jima), VPB-109 (Tinian, Okinawa), VPB-111 (Marshalls, Gilberts), VPB-117 (Tinian), VPB-118 (Tinian, Okinawa), VPB-123 (Marianas, Guadalcanal), VPB-101 (Guadalcanal), VPB-102 (Tinian), VB/VPB-104 (Guadalcanal), VB/VPB-115 (Munda) and VB/VPB-116 (Peleliu)..." WebSite: Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum http://www.pwam.org/ [10APR2004]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Obtained this from an estate sale. Shipmate M. Kusenda, USNR, VP-104 Crew 25..." Contributed by Riley guyofthe40s@aol.com [27JAN2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP LogoVPB-104 History "...The attached picture was in Dad's files and I had it identified by VPB 104 pilot, Paul Stevens, who shot down Japanese Vice Admiral Yamagata as VPB 104 shots..." Contributed by Mark Balasi balasi@comcast.net [19NOV2002]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP LogoVPB-104 History "...The attached picture was in Dad's files and I had it identified by VPB 104 pilot, Paul Stevens, who shot down Japanese Vice Admiral Yamagata as VPB 104 shots..." Contributed by Mark Balasi balasi@comcast.net [19NOV2002]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...The third tour of VPB-104 was known as "Screaming 104", whereas the first tour was "The Buccaneers". I presume the Second tour kept the Buccaneers title, although it was under the command of Lt. Commander (later Captain) Whitney Wright and not Harry Sears..." Contributed by Bill Woodard billwood@mail.utexas.edu [06AUG98]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-104  Shootdown Thumbnail"During a six month combat tour VPB-104 shot down 38 enemy aircraft and destroyed 11 on the ground. All kills were confirmed. A total of 48 Japanese aircraft were probably destroyed or damaged. Photo courtesy CAPT P. F. Stevens." "The Best Laid Plans" by CAPT Paul F. Stevens, USN (Ret), FOUNDATION Volume 17 Number 2 Fall 1996 Page 71 Picture Contributed by George B. Winter pbycat@bellsouth.net

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-104  Shootdown Thumbnail"Photograph taken with a K-20 hand held camera from the after waist hatch of the PB4Y-1. Aircraft has cleared the ship and now positioned about 10 seconds from the bomb release. Photo courtesy CAPT P. F. Stevens." "The Best Laid Plans" by CAPT Paul F. Stevens, USN (Ret), FOUNDATION Volume 17 Number 2 Fall 1996 Page 72 Picture Contributed by George B. Winter pbycat@bellsouth.net


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