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Circa 1959

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Pony Express - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 17 - NO 37 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 19 NOV 1959..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [09MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Home From Lengthy Deployment - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 17 - NO 31 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 08 OCT 1959..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [09MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Reins of VP-16 Taken Over By CDR Barco - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 17 - NO 26 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 03 SEP 1959..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [09MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Eagles of Patrol Squadron 15 Chalk Up Two Year Accident-Free Flying Mark - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 16 - NO 43 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 03 FEB 1959..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [07MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 First To Fly During 'Springboard' - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 16 - NO 42 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 29 JAN 1959..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [07MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 Mug "...VP-16 - Circa 1959..." Contributed by GOODELL, Billie N. goodkemp@aol.com [21OCT2006]

While doing my two years shore duty running the NAS Jacksonville, Florida terminal, I was about to get orders for sea duty. I knew a chief that had a lot of pull and he ask if I would like to go to VP-16. He said that it would cost me a case of liquor. Done deal I said. A CDR flew down from NAS Norfolk, Virginia in a Beechcraft and picked up the booze. My orders were cut and October 1959 I checked into VP-16. The chief already had me assigned to logs and records. Here is my story.

The squadron was getting ready for the Annual Admistrative Inspection. I worked real hard for about a week when I was approached by the leading chief and XO. Goodell the barracks is one big mess. Get up there, relieve the Master-at-Arms, and do the job I know you are capable of. Wow, what a mess. The inventory of blankets, sheets, pillow cases, etc. was dumbfounding. It so happened that a close friend of mine was a big wheel at NAS Supply. I went to him and gave him my problem. VP-16 was in the the old wooden barracks 930 at the time. I will not use his name but he told me to make a list and he would take care of it. He supplied me with all new blankets, bed linens, paint, brushes, brooms, etc. I called the Compartment Cleaners together and told them that we would pass this inspection or else. I brought tools from home clipped and raked (even under the barracks). Then the shocker. I found out that we were being inspected by Admiral Renfroe Turner my skipper in VPB-107. He was a passenger in the Galloping Ghost when we crashed. We were ready for the day. I brought in 8X10 photos of the Admiral and other photos of the squadron. I attached them to my clip board and stood by. Here comes all the brass, first the Admiral followed by our Leading Chief, CO and XO. They came up the walk and as I saluted Admiral Turner said "Goodell, how in the world are you and shook my hand"? We entered the barracks, took on peek in the lower head, turned around and said "Goodell, have all of your men assemble down here so I can shake their hands." My CO and the rest of the party was speechless. They had said nothing. We went outside and the Chief told him that I had done a good job on the grounds. The Admiral said you do not have to tell me anything about Goodell for I was the one that trained him. I said Sir I have some memories you may enjoy looking at. He took them and said those were the good old days. Goodell my quarters are on the base and I have many photos. Why don't you stop by and look at them. The party departed and about thirty minutes later the phone rang. It was my CO. He said Goodell, I don't know what your magic was but the squadron got the highest mark we ever had at the time.


Circa 1958

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Presented CNO Aviation Safety Plaque - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 16 - NO 29 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 16 OCT 1958..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [06MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...CDR Clark New Skipper - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 16 - NO 16 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 17 JUL 1958..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [05MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Ends Five-Month Deployment - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 16 - NO 14 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 03 JUL 1958..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [05MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Scouting Jax Area Squadrons - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 15 - NO 40 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 23 JAN 1958..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [03MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Scouting Jax Area Squadrons - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 15 - NO 39 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 18 JAN 1958..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [03MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News December 1958 "...Squadron Wins Navy 'E' - Page 27 - Naval Aviation News - December 1958..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1958/dec58.pdf [14AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News November 1958 "...Record Safety Rate Set - Page 2 - Naval Aviation News - November 1958..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1958/nov58.pdf [14AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News October 1958 "...Pilots Take PIO Course - Page 16 - Naval Aviation News - October 1958..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1958/oct58.pdf [14AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-16 Assists In Search For Downed Super Connie..." Contributed by Ray Jobes RAYJOBES@AOL.COM [28FEB2000]

VP-16 Assists In Search For Downed Super Connie
Lyautey Log
NAS Port Lyautey, French Morocco
April 4, 1958

Four planes from VP-16, Det. Alfa. were detached recently to aid in the effort to locate a VW-15 super connie that disappeared in route from Argentia to the Azores. The plane was last reported forty-five minutes out of Lajes on its round robin flight back to Argentia. On board were twenty-two passengers and crew members.

Although hampered by weather operational adversities, the rescue units were able to produce eighty-five per cent search effectiveness. A daily average of 50,000 square miles was scheduled.

A message from ADM Jerald Wright on the operation read as follows: "Please convey to all personnel concerned and to the Air Force units which participated, my personal thanks and appreciation even though the search was not successful. Shipmates and families of those missing are assured that maximum efforts were made in this humanitarian endeavor."

VP-16, Det. Alfa, received a "well done" from CDR E. B. Abrams, VP-16 Commanding Officer, now stationed in Iceland for its operations during the month of February. The siz planes of Det. Alfa, flew a total of 570.4 hours, during the past month. The detachment aided in two search and rescue missions besides it regular commitments and training flights. Both crew member and ground personnel did an outstanding job in maintaining aircraft availability. Contributed by Ray Jobes RAYJOBES@AOL.COM[29JAN2000]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-16..." Contributed by Ray Jobes RAYJOBES@AOL.COM [28FEB2000]

VP-16
Lyautey Log
NAS Port Lyautey, French Morocco
May 23, 1958

The Officers and men of VP-16, Detachment ALFA, spent nine days aboard the LST "Alameda County", while deployed in the Mediterranean area for a joint NATO exercise. The shipboard life was a new experience for most of the VP-16 personnel. While on board, the men exchanged view on the "Air vs Sea" type of Navy life, and while no definite conclusions were reached most agreed tha they were content with their present respective duty assignments.

Milburn M. Voorhies, AK2, has been named the detachment "Sailor of the Month." In presenting the award, Officer In Charge, CDR J. W. Clark, pointed out that Voorhies, also a member of the squadron's bowling team, had performed his duties in the supply department in an outstanding manner. Contributed by Ray Jobes RAYJOBES@AOL.COM[29JAN2000]

Circa 1957

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Scouting Jax Area Squadrons - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 15 - NO 36 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 12 DEC 1957..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [01MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-18's Missle Recovery Effort Earns Plaudits - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 15 - NO 35 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 05 DEC 1957..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [01MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Scouting Jax Area Squadrons - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 15 - NO 33 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 21 NOV 1957..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [01MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Scouting Jax Area Squadrons - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 15 - NO 32 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 14 NOV 1957..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [01MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Scouting Squadrons - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 15 - NO 30 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 31 OCT 1957..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [01MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Record Set By VP-16 Crew Men - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 15 - NO 29 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 24 OCT 1957..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [01MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Returns From Scottish Assignment - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 15 - NO 26 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 03 OCT 1957..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [01MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Scouting Squadrons - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 15 - NO 19 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 15 AUG 1957..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [28FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Scouting Squadrons - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 15 - NO 17 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 01 AUG 1957..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [28FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Scouting Squadrons - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 15 - NO 16 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 25 JUL 1957..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [28FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Scouting Squadrons - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 15 - NO 15 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 18 JUL 1957..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [28FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Mixes Classroom With Flying In Navigator Training - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 15 - NO 14 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 11 JUL 1957..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [28FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Aircraft On Mercy Trip - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 15 - NO 12 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 27 JUN 1957..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [27FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Aircraft Flies Long Non-Stop Trip - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 15 - NO 3 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 16 APR 1957..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [27FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Keeps Busy - Breaks Iceland Flight Time Record - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 14 - NO 52 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 04 APR 1957..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [27FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Chalks Up Two New Records At Iceland Base - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 14 - NO 46 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 21 FEB 1957..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [25FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Patrol Squadron 16 Returns From Scottish Assignment - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 15 - NO 26 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 03 October 1957..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [01JAN2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News November 1957 "...P2V Flies Mercy Mission - Page 11 - Naval Aviation News - November 1957..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1957/nov57.pdf [11AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News September 1957 "...VP-16 Gets New Syllabus - Page 16 - Naval Aviation News - September 1957..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1957/sep57.pdf [11AUG2004]

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Circa 1956

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Scouting Squadrons - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 14 - NO 10 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 31 MAY 1956..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [18FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Scouting Squadrons - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 14 - NO 8 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 17 MAY 1956..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [18FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Scouting Squadrons - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 14 - NO 6 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 03 MAY 1956..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [18FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Scouting Squadrons - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 13 - NO 51 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 29 MAR 1956..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [16FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Scouting Squadrons - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 13 - NO 50 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 22 MAR 1956..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [16FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Four FAW-11 Squadrons Hunt 'Enemy' - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 13 - NO 44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 16 FEB 1956..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [14FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Birthdays Bring Holidays At VP-16 - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 13 - NO 44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 09 FEB 1956..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [14FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraP2V BUNO: 131522 "...P2V BUNO: 131522 at VFW-3761 Post Home (http://www.freewebs.com/vfw3761/p2vneptuneaircraft.htm. Don Bates provided aircraft data and gray and the blue photographs. Assignments: FASRON-108 (07JAN55), VP-11 (15FEB55), VP-16 (19MAR56), NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C. (28FEB57), VA(HM)-13 (22MAR58), VP-24 (31JAN59), VP-8 (14OCT59),l VP-16 (12SEP60), VP-7 (26FEB62)..." Contributed by Don Bates kndbates@verizon.net [03AUG2009]

Department of The Navy
AIR:00D3:WJA:mw dated 5 March 1982
Mr Wyatt McFarland.

Dear Mr McFarland,

The Curator for the Navy forwarded your 22 January letter to my office for reply to you.

You asked for information on your SP-2E.

The distance from the ground to top of fuselange is 14' 4"; from center to center of landing gears left/right it is 25' 11"; and from center to center of main to nose landing gear is 24' 9". Weight and connecting points are items too complex to explain in a letter.

You need copies of the Flight Handbook and the Erection and Maintenance Manual for the P2V-5F, which was the aircraft's designation before being changed to P-2E.

The Air Force may have copies of these books. We have retired ours to the National Archives. I suggest that you ask at Rickenbacker.

If the Air Force does not have the books, all you can do is write the National Archives, Printed Archives Branch, 4205 Suitland Road, Washington, D.C. 20409. Ask for the books by aircraft designation.

The histoty of Bureau Number: 131522 is as follows:

29JUL54 - accepted by Navy BAR, Burbank, CA
05AUG54 - Went to O & R, NAS Jacksonville, Florida
07JAN55 - Went to FASRON-108, Burbank, CA
15FEB55 - Went to VP-11, NAS Brunswick, Maine
19MAR56 - Went to VP-16, NAS Jacksonville, Florida
28FEB57 - Went to NARTU (Naval Air Rescue Training Unit) NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C.
03MAR57 - Went to BAR Burbank for rework
25MAR57 - Went to O & R NAS Alameda, California
22FEB58 - Went to O & R NAS Norfolk, Virginia
22MAR58 - Went to VA(HM)-13, Malta
30NOV58 - Went to NAS Chincoteague, Virginia
31JAN59 - Went to VP-24 NAS Keflavik, Iceland
14OCT59 - Went to VP-8 NAS Norfolk, Virginia
04JAN60 - Went to O & R BUWEP at NAS Alameda, California
26APR60 - Went to VWRFR Burbank, CA
12SEP60 - Went to VP-16 NAS Jacksonville, Florida
26FEB62 - Went to VP-7 NAS Jacksonville, Florida
00APR64 - Went to NS Rota, Spain for 6 month tour
16MAR65 - went into storage at Litchfield Park, a Navy Storage facility in Arizona.
00DEC65 - Still in storage, Litchfield Park was disestablished and a tri-service storage facility Military Aircraft Storage & Disposition Center, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucon, AZ, became a storage site. This aircraft transferred there in Dec 1965.
15JAN71 - Out of storage, went to NARTD North Island
05MAR72 - Aircraft struck administratively from active inventory with 6,179 flying hours total service for training purposes at NARDET Training at NARDET Columbus, Lockbourne AFB, Ohio
09FEB79 - Lockbourne AFB requested this aircraft as training device in fire/crash rescue.
28FEB79 - Aircraft transferred to Air Force Custody.

Signed: Wm. J. Armstrong, Historian Naval Air Systems Command.

From The Department of Defense, Rickenbacker, AFB, Aircraft SP2E No. 131522 transferred to VFW Post 3761 Baltimore, Ohio 6 May 1982
Signed: H.W. Wickline, Colonel USAF, Commander.

Letter From Wyatt McFarland

COMRADES AND SISTERS

This is for you, not a memorial, monument, or a donation, but a piece of American Heritage from yesteryear, not so long ago but yet tucked away in the past. She was to die a death not befitting so many of her kind, to be burned, but somewhere down the road of her military career fate played a hand. Her career is above reproach, her destiny is now yours, for her final landing and resting place will be Liberty Union VFW Post 3761. Where else can American Heritage stop, be revived and begin a new career of American Heritage, but in the hands of the Veterans.

Lockheed Aircraft Corporation
P2V-5 Model 526

Lockheed Factory S/N
426-5403

Patrol & Anti-Submarine Search SP-2E # 131522

Wing Span
103' 10 "

Length
81' 7 "

Length with stinger
91' 2"

Height
28' 1"

Weight Empty
41,754 Lbs.

Gross Weight
67,500 Lbs.

Max-Gross
76,152 Lbs.

Fuel
2800 to 3900 Gals.

Tip Tanks
350 Gals.

Range
4,750 Miles

Service Ceiling
23,200 Ft.

Power Plants
(2) R-3350-30WA's

Power Plants Aux
(2) J34-WE-34

Armament (Nose)
(2) 20mm Cannon

Armament (Top)
(2) 50 Cal.

Armament (Tail)
(2) 20mm Cannon

Cruise Speed
207 MPH

Top Speed
323 MPH at 17,400 ft.

Landing Speed
109 MPH

Rate of Climb
1820 Feet per minute

Crew
9

Number A/C Built
424

The P2V-5 first flew on 29 Dec 1950, it had a search light to illuminate the target for the nose guns. The light is housed in the nose of the starboard wing tank. The P2V-5FS (SP-2E) has a magnetic anomaly detection gear in the stinger tail, it also carried the Julie/Jezebel active and passive detection systems. The Navy updated the P2V-5 to the P2V-6 on 16 Oct 1952, this plane was built under the P2V-5 plans in 1953. She has been called "The Old Man of The Sea", but the Navy called her the "Neptune". Navy Neptune, "Truculent Turtle" set a world distance record of 11,236 miles. The Navy "Neptune" have seen service in Viet Nam.

Written By: Wyatt McFarland, Updated 11AUG92

Moving From Rickenbacker to Post 3761

A real big thank you to Paul Wooster for the many hours of his own time and hard work for getting the "Neptune" moved from Rickenbacker to the VFW Post Home.

Crew of the Neptune in 1965

It should be noted that three (3) comrades of our Post were members of the aircrew when this aircraft was on active duty.

They are, Don Bates, Herb Jung and Richard Woody.

The crewmembers when 131522 was taken out of active service in 1965 was as follows, Lcdr. Bob Byerg (pilot), Lt. Bob Harris (co-pilot), Lt. Larry Johnson (navigator), Lt. Bob Crabtree (tacco), ADJ2 Don Bates (plane captin), ATR2 Howard Hollweg (radar), AX2 John Delconte (juli/jez), AE3 Wayne Des Rosiers (electrician), ATN3 Henry Rustmann (radio), ADR3 Richard Woody (2nd mech), and AO1 Herb Jung (ordance) This is per Don Bates e-mail Dec. 7, 2008.

Another thank you to all those who helped Paul with the move. I don't know if anyone kept a list of those who helped and I don't want to miss anyone, if there is a list please let the Post know and we will add it .

We have a book at the Post with letters and picture of the A/C and the move of the aircraft if you at the Post and would like to see it, please ask.

P2V Story From Don Bates 12/08/2008

On the evening of July 2, 1963 we left Jax, Fl. on a routine 10 hour flight, due east over the Atlantic Ocean, to monitor shipping in the area. We did this by checking for screw sounds, getting a fix, then honing in on the ships, clicking on the search light to get it's name and port of registry. We would chart this along with the ship's heading. About 6 hours into the flight we picked up screw sounds that were identical to a Russian conventional sub. We honed in on it to find that it was submerged. So we dropped 3 consecutive practice depth charge s, which was at the time a warning to surface and be recognized. Nothing! We did it several more times and no response. We were told by the higher-ups to stay with it till they could get another crew launched to relieve us as we were now low on fuel. We idled back as slow as we could go and still stay airborne. By the time our relief plane arrived we didn't have enough fuel to return to Jax, so we were diverted to Nassau Airport in the Bahamas to get fuel. Nassau told us to buzz the field when we got there and they would turn on the runway lights for us to land. I guess they were saving energy way back then. We had to wait till they could locate a driver for the fuel truck. We could see the truck on the other side of the fence where they parked old 522. 2 hours later, 5am, the driver showed up and was so drunk that we ended up driving the truck and fueling the plane ourselves. It ended up being a long and hungry flight, but worth it. At daybreak the Russian sub had to surface to charge his batteries, because they normally charge them at night under the cover of darkness, but we foiled that by staying with them and the other crew got some great daylight pictures.

Each aircraft had a log book that records were kept in. Inside the log book for 131522 was a newspaper clipping from Shreveport,La. that told the story about ADR2 Swain(plane captain) flying 131522 by himself from Burbank,Ca. to Shreveport,La. which would have been 1960 when it was scheduled to leave VWRFR Burbank to Jax, Fl. From what I can remember, the article told how the Navy was going to court-marshall him and the Airforce stated anyone who could fly that bomber that distance by himself they wanted on their team. It was quite an interesting article. I tried several years ago to find the article from the Shreveport news but they couldn't find it as I didn't have an approximate date. All I could tell them was that it was sometime late 50's early 60's. From your info we now know it was probably Sept 1960. If you have the time you might be able to research the article, explaining that it is important information needed to complete the history of your aircraft. To my knowledge it's the only Neptune to have been flown by one man. You have a piece of history there.

This is what I can tell you about special tours etc. of 131522 while I was Plane Captain. It spent 3 tours out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during the Cuban crisis doing reconnaissance around the Island 1962,1963,and 1964. It was on T.A.D.(temporary additional duty) out of Boca Chico Naval air station in the Florida Keys doing reconnaissance between Cuba and the Keys 1963. It went to Puerto Rico for 2 weeks every January for Maneuvers with the Atlantic Fleet to brush up on our skills while it was in VP-7. It was picked by our Commanding Officer, while we were in Rota, Spain, to be displayed in an air show at Lajes Air-Force Base in the Azores Islands. It was on T.A.D. to the Island of Crete, while in Rota, Spain, working the Mediterranean Sea. The "Skipper" picked it and our crew to take him to London, England to meet with his Executive officer, who was in charge of the other half of the squadron in Keflavik, Iceland. It wasn't that he liked "us", he only liked the way we kept the aircraft clean and and in the "up" status and that made "him" look good!

VP 131522

As you can see the color of the plane changed from charcoal grey to light gray between Rota in 1964 and storage 1965. It was repainted in Norfolk, Va. November 1964 and a memo followed that nothing was to applied to the paint of any aircraft but soap and water. Unknown by others, our crew had applied Johnson's one step glo-coat which helped us keep old 522 clean and shining. Don


Circa 1955

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Returning After Five Months As NATO Unit In Mediterranean - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 13 - NO 37 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 08 DEC 1955..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [12FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 'Seeing The World' During Overseas Stay - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 13 - NO 25 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 15 SEP 1955..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [09FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16's Top Trio Awarded PPCs - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 13 - NO 15 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 30 JUN 1955..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [07FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Returns From Two Week Deployment - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 13 - NO 02 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 07 APR 1955..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [06FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Five Patrol Squadrons In A-S Exercise - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 12 - NO 46 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 24 FEB 1955..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [04FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Logs 860.1 Hours In Exercise - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 12 - NO 46 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 24 FEB 1955..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [04FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Last Look - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 12 - NO 42 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 27 JAN 1955..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [03FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Squadron departs Saturday for San Juan, Puerto Rico - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 12 - NO 41 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 20 JAN 1955..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [03FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Air Wing Eleven Squadrons Hunt Subs In Test - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 12 - NO 40 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 13 JAN 1955..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [03FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...5 Air Wing Squadrons In "Springboard" - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 12 - NO 40 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 13 JAN 1955..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [03FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News September 1955 "...Good Training - Page 8 - Naval Aviation News - September 1955..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1955/sep55.pdf [05AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-16 Members "...Circa 1955...Old pals Rube Gardner, Joe Fields, Tom Mayton, George Piper, Ray Sutherland, and myself..." Contributed by Peter Gerald Lee c/o his daughter Sue Hummel swtcitysue@aol.com [08JUL99]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-16 Members "...Ray Jobes 'Riding High' Circa 1955..." Contributed by Ray Jobes RAYJOBES@AOL.COM [21DEC99]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-16 Members "...Ray Jobes on left Circa 1955..." Contributed by Ray Jobes RAYJOBES@AOL.COM [21DEC99]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-16 Members "...Ray Jobes in middle Circa 1955..." Contributed by Ray Jobes RAYJOBES@AOL.COM [21DEC99]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-16 NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco Cruisebook July - December 1955..." Contributed by Ray Jobes RAYJOBES@AOL.COM [28FEB2000]

UPDATE "...In your history of VP-16 showing the early days and the planes that we had you state that in our " Week End Warrior " days we had PBY-5A 'S which is true. We had two of them, but we also had six PV-2 "Harpoons". Both planes of WWII ventage. I joined VP-741 in May of 1948 as a seaman recruit. Was called to active duty in March 1951 with VP-741. VP-741 became VP-16 on Feb. 4, 1953. I was mustered out with a complete discharge as AOF-2 on Feb. 27, 1953..." Contributed by DUNGAN, AOF2 John JOHNDUNGAN3@aol.com [26JAN2002]

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The history of Patrol Squadron Sixteen has its beginning in May of 1946. At that time a group of patriotic and Navy-minded reserve personnel were organized to form a squadron in the Naval Air Reserve Training Command. This squadron was designated VP-ML-56 and utilized six PBY's one week-end each month at Cecil Field, thereby retaining the know how tha+ these individuals had acquired during the recent great struggle. World War II. In this day of high horsepower reciprocating engines, high thrust jet engines and complicated electronics equipment, it may appear ludicrous that any semblance of combat efficiency could be maintained in such antiquated aircraft. That such was not the case is exemplified by the winning of the Noel Davis Trophy by VP-ML-56 in 1948. This trophy is awarded annually to the outstanding squadron of each type in* the Naval Air Reserve Training Command and by winning it the antecedents of Patrol Squadron Sixteen proved again that individual spirit, a desire for excellence, and good teamwork applied to proven procedures can indeed maintain a high readiness in spite of many handicaps.

A static condition has never been typical of this squadron. Shortly after winning the Noel Davis Trophy the organization of the Naval Air Reserve Training Command was .modernized and the squadron was redesignated Patrol Squadron Seven Hundred and Forty-One and it remained in the reserve status from 1949 until 1951 when the entire squadron was recalled to active duty as a result of the expansion incident to the Korean conflict. The personnel complement was increased, P2V-2 aircraft were assigned and an intensive training program was pursued to ready the squadron for the first deployment to Malta in March of 1952.

The United States had embarked upon a courageous policy of containing Communism within its current boundaries by the utilization of armed forces in many foreign lands assuring freedom loving countries that their freedoms would be protected. VP-741 fulfilled a portion of the U. S. Navy commitment in the Mediterranean in this regard and tasted the first international flavor in its operations during this deployment to Malta. Following the return of the squadron to NAS Jacksonville, Commander J. W. Hardy relieved Commander C. W. Rogers of command of VP-741 and although many of the personnel returned to inactive duty, there were many of the original members of VP-ML-56 in the ranks on 16 February, 1953, when VP-741 was commissioned a squadron of the Regular Navy and redesignated Patrol Squadron Sixteen.

More regular navy personnel were integrated into the squadron and intensified training activities culminated in a deployment to NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco. VP-16 again augmented the forces protecting Freedom's boundaries and the officers and men worked with armed forces of other nations to achieve this common goal. At the completion of this cruise the squadron again returned to Jacksonville, where, in February of 1954, Commander Paul J. Bruneau assumed command.

Following intensive preparation, VP-16 was deployed to Iceland in May of 1954 and operated under the direct control of Commander Iceland Defense Force, a U. S. Air Force Command. That aircraft operations from this bleak and cold isle posed new maintenance and operating problems needs no mention. By aggressiveness and the application of good old American ingenuity all problems met were conquered and VP-16 added its name and ability to those of other squadrons who had patrolled and protected those northern boundaries.

At the conclusion of the deployment to Iceland, NAS Jacksonville again found that VP-16 was one of its tenant activities; however, there was a new look to the squadron. New P2V-5 aircraft had been received and under the capable leadership of Commander Bruneau, operating doctrines and techniques were established and perfected; those techniques proving entirely adequatein subsequent operations. Incorporated in the P2V-5 was the most modern of airborne ASW equipment which required new concepts of operations, schooling at various locations, and improved maintenance procedures.

Patrol Squadron Sixteen paused in these activities long enough to observe change of Command ceremonies in late March of 1955. Commander Paul S. Bazler relieved Commander Bruneau, and it was with heavy hearts that his many friends said, "Bon Voyage" to Commander Bruneau who look up his new post with the Military Assistance and Aid Group, England.

In July of 1955, Patrol Squadron Sixteen again said goodbye to wives and sweethearts and left the U. S. for another deployment to NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco. This deployment was marked by an intensive pilot training program in order to qualify many new pilots in type, by repeated ASW exercises with national, foreign, and NATO forces, and by familiarization flights to the capitals of the free countries of Europe and the Middle East. The techniques developed and practiced in Jacksonville were put to the test many times under strange operating conditions and under the critical eye of foreign observers and were not found wanting in any respect.

On 10 December, 1955, Patrol Squadron Sixteen again took up residence at NAS Jacksonville. The squadron returned in a group, flew over the Air Station in parade formation and taxied to the line flying the traditional pennants denoting a Navy Homecoming. Wives and friends were thrilled to see the squadron return in this manner, but the thrill of the day was experienced by the members of VP-16 who were reunited with their loved ones.

The subject of this book is the last deployment to NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco. That the squadron performed well is a matter of record; the following message from Admiral E. C. Ewen, the Commander, Fleet Air Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean is quoted: "During Mod Deployment Patron 16 has displayed excellent teamwork, cooperation, and initiative. Well done." Things not a matter of record were also gained during this deployment. New friendships were formed which will last a lifetime, men achieved new horizons due to their effort and thinking, greater understanding of foreign nations and compassion for those less fortunate were found, but most important, a pride in accomplishment has been experienced. A pride that within each person knows no limits, that men will not speak of but will feel deeply, that others not in VP-16 will know exists by the actions and performance of this squadron in the future.

Circa 1954

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Crew-8 of VP-16 Sub-Hunters Receive Handsome "Blue Nose" Certificates - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 12 - NO 39 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 22 DEC 1954..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [02FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Last To Switch To P2V-5s - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 12 - NO 37 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 09 DEC 1954..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [02FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Has Much To Report On Cruise To Iceland - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 12 - NO 29 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 16 OCT 1954..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [01FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Patrol Squadrons Convene Here For Anti-Sub Exercise - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 11 - NO 50 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 25 MAR 1954..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [25JAN2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News December 1954 "...Mid-Air Disaster Averted - Page 10 - Naval Aviation News - December 1954..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1954/dec54.pdf [03AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News November 1954 "...VP-16 Neptunes Fly North Atlantic Area - Page 21 - Naval Aviation News - November 1954..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1954/nov54.pdf [02AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News August 1954 "...Overseas Deployment Boost Flight Hours - Page 33 to 35 - Naval Aviation News - August 1954..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1954/aug54.pdf [02AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News July 1954 "...When VP-16 Relieved VP-3 - Page 11 - Naval Aviation News - July 1954..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1954/jul54.pdf [02AUG2004]

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Circa 1953

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...VP-16 Personnel Welcomed Home After "Med" Tour - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 11 - NO 17 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 06 AUG 1953..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [20JAN2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Calmness Prevails As VP-16 Crew Ditches Bomber In Mid-Atlantic - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 10 - NO 47 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 12 MAY 1953..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [15JAN2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-16 History "...Jacksonville's Own VP-741 Redesignated as VP-16 - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 10 - NO 44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 19 FEB 1953..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [14JAN2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: UNIT: VP-16 PREVIOUS DES: VP-741 NAME: Eagles TAIL CODE: HH/LF ACTIVATED: 2-4-53 DEACTIVATED: TYPICAL LOCATION(S): NAS Jacksonville, Florida
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