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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-17 LOGO ThumbnailCameraVP-17 Bumper Sticker Contributed by LEWIS, PH1 Danny (Red Chimp) ohmss007dll@verizon.net [26OCT2005]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-17 Crew 10 Thumbnail [30MAY2000]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VPML-66 became VP-772 then VP-17. As far as nose markings for PB4Ys we had some dandys. All nine were different and looked like Disney cartoon centipeeds. I am now searching for pics to create a photo montage for our 50th Reunion in 2000..." Contributed by William H Sandstrom ofudge@msn.com [11JUL99]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...I noticed a posting about the Jap "Kaitens". I was in Crew #1. I remember "battle stations" being called when we sighted the sub which probably carried the Kaitens. By the time I got to the bow turret there was nothing to see. We were returning from a long patrol and were low on fuel. I also remember the attack. We were on our landing run after another long patrol and once again low on fuel when there was an explosion ahead. It was the U.S.S. Mississinewa, a tanker. We had to wait aboard the plane after we tied up. When we finally did get to the U.S.S. Hamlin, we were sent to crew's quarters and I was resting against the hull. I could feel the "thumps" of the depth charges. Everyone thought it was a one man sub that was still loose somewhere in the anchorage. I have a lot of info about VP-17 - too much to E-mail. I wrote the story of my life as an enlisted man in the Navy and most of it is about VP-17 and PBM's. I didn't have the book published as stories about enlisted personnel would not sell well but would be of historical significance in later years. Two Navy and one Army museum accepted copies of the book...." Contributed by Thomas Edwin Russell tompbm@aol.com

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Flew in some P-2's to burbank as the squadron transitioned. By the time I finised the tour I was qualed in all sensors and tacco..." Contributed by Ralph M. Deyo AWCS (AC/AWS) USN (Ret) Rotor-Head@msn.com

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-17 Crew Thumbnail "...At Saigon, crewmen load their personal gear through an aft waist hatch..." Contributed by Captain Brian McGuiness, USNR [15SEP98]
Books Title: "COFFEE ON THE WING BEAM-Memories of the P2V Neptune" By Capt. Brian McGuiness USNR (Ret.). From Operation Market Time in Vietnam to the latter days of the Cold War, with vignettes of the Pueblo seizure, the earlier Korean War, the Truculent Turtle, and all eight models of the venerable P2V Neptune aircraft. The author recalls the excitement, luck, redeemable stupidity, brilliance and shenanigans that made up the modus operandi of patrol aviation. Knights of the Red Branch Press, P.O. Box 296, Clearlake, WA 98235-0296. 140pp of text, maps and illustrations, and 16pp of photographs. Paperback $11.95 plus $3 shipping/handling. Contact author for Brochure and ordering information at (360)856-4010 or "print and mail in online order form." [15SEP98]

UPDATE "...First printing sold out: Contact Knights of the Red Branch Press to have your name placed on a mailing list for notice of the second printing sometime in 2001. Sorry, I don't have any idea at this time of the future cost...Brian McGuiness..." [21JUN2000]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-17 LOGO ThumbnailCameraVP-17 Patch Contributed by Alec Fushi afushi@aol.com [31JUL2005]


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