BOOKs: Title: Eyes of the Fleet: Cloaked by jungle foliage, the unheralded seaplane tenders operated ahead of the Fleet, like the Navy's famed PT boats. As Halsey's South Pacific, MacArthur's Southwest Pacific, and Spruance's Central Pacific forces advanced toward Japan, these ships served as afloat-bases for patrol planes referred to as the "eyes of the fleet." The large fabric-clad PBY "Catalinas" and later PBM "Mariners" combed the seaways for Japanese forces and carried out bombing, depth charge, and torpedo attacks on enemy ships and submarines. Nighttime anti-shipping operations-"Black Cat" or "Nightmare" missions-were dangerous and daytime combat operations even more so, when encounters with more maneuverable and heavily-armed fighters necessitated hiding in clouds to survive. The Japanese were keen to destroy the scouts and their floating bases, and seaplane tenders often lived a furtive existence, particularly early in the war. Pilots, plane crews and shipboard personnel received scores of awards for valor, including the Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Silver and Bronze Star Medals. A few VP Squadrons mentioned include: VP-1, VP-11/VPB-11, VP-12, VP-13/VPB-13, VP-14, VP-16/VPB-16, VP-18/VPB-18, VPB-19, VPB-20, VP-21/VPB-21, VP-22, VP-23/VPB-23, VP-24, VPB-25, VPB-26, VPB-27, VPB-28, VP-32, VP-33/VPB-33, VP-34/VPB-34, VP-41, VP-42, VP-43, VP-44, VP-45, VP-51, VP-52, VP-53, VPB-54, VP-61, VP-62, VP-63/VPB-63, VP-71/VPB-71, VP-72, VP-73, VPB-74, VP-81, VP-82, VP-83, VP-84, VP-91, VP-92, VP-94, VP-101/VPB-101, VP-102/VPB-102, VPB-103, VPB-104, VPB-105, VPB-106, VB-106, VB-108, VPB-109, VPB-110, VPB-111, VPB-112, VPB-114, VP-115, VPB-116, VPB-117, VPB-118, VPB-123, VPB-130, VB/VPB-137, VPB-142, VB-143, VPB-146, VPB-151, VP-202/VPB-202, VP-204, VP-205, VPB-208, VP-216/VPB-216, VD-3, VH-1, VH-2, VH-3, VH-4, VH-6, VS-1D-11, VS-1D-13, VS-1D-14 and VT-3. A few Seaplane Tenders mentioned include: USS Absecon, USS Albemarle, USS Avocet, USS Ballard, USS Barataria, USS Barnegat, USS Belknap, USS Clemson, USS George E. Badger, USS Goldsborough, USS Osmond, USS Ingram, USS Bering Strait, USS Biscayne, USS Casco, USS Castle Rock, USS Chandeleur, USS Childs, USS Chincoteague, USS Cook Inlet, USS Coos Bay, USS Corson, USS Cumberland Sound, USS Currituck, USS Curtiss, USS Duxbury Bay, USS Floyds Bay, USS Gannet, USS Gardiners Bay, USS Gillis, USS Greene, USS Greenwich Bay, USS Half Moon, USS Hamlin, USS Heron, USS Hulbert, USS Humboldt, USS Kenneth Whiting, USS Langley, USS Lapwing, USS Mackinac, USS Matagorda, USS McFarland, USS Norton Sound, USS Onslow, USS Orca, USS Pelican, USS Pine Island, USS Pocomoke, USS Rehoboth, USS Rockaway, USS Salisbury Sound, USS San Carlos, USS San Pablo, USS Shelikof, USS St. George, USS Suisun, USS Swan, USS Tangier, USS Thornton, USS Thrush, USS Timbalier, USS Unimak, USS Valcour, USS William B. Preston, USS Williamson, USS Wright and USS Yakutat. The U.S. Navy's Seaplane Tenders and Patrol Aircraft in World War II is now available from Heritage Books: http://www.heritagebooks.com/. Contributed by CDR David D. Bruhn email@example.com [30APR2016]
BOOKs: Title: "Save Our Souls: Rescues Made by U.S. Submarines During World War II" by LCDR Douglas E. Campbell, USNR (Retired) firstname.lastname@example.org "Save Our Souls" includes an Appendex of nearly 2,200 names of those saved as well as stories of rescues involving VPB-18, VPB-25, VPB-28, VPB-101, VPB-108 and VPB-133.
MOVIE: "10JUL68--UNITAS X...Control Number: NWDNM(m)-428-NPC-40317...General Material: Motion picture films...Description Unit: Item...Record Group: 428...Series Designator: NPC...Item Designator: 40317...Title: UNITAS X...Date: 07/10/1968...Format: silent, unedited...Creating Org.: Department of the Navy. Naval Photographic Center...Record Type/Genre: Unedited Military Footage...Scope & Content: 1) LA MLS Brazilian P2H type a/c being parked. G-F 2) CU Brazilian P2H a/c on line, crewmen nearby, at VP-18 line at NS Roosevelt Roads, PR ; C.O. and X.O. of VP-18 waiting in LFG to greet Brazilian visitors. F-P 3) MS C.O. and X.O. walking to greet pilot of a/c. G-F 4) CU Brazilian pilot in flight gear talking with LCDR. O'TOOLE. (SV) G-F 5) MS Brazilian crew of a/c standing under wing in ranks at Parade Rest. F 6) CU Insignia on side of P2H a/c. G 7) MS Rear view, pick-up parked on line; men of VP-18 and Brazilian visitors gather around truck and drink beer. 8) MS General view of men drinking beer. (SV) G-F 9) CU Side view, member of Brazilian crew drinking beer. G 10) CU Brazilian crewman drinking beer. G 11) ELS Port beam view, Brazilian Carrier MINAS GERAILS (A-11) entering harbor at San Juan, Puerto Rico. (SV) F 12) MLS Port beam view, A-11 underway in harbor, firing salute. F (soft) 13) ELS Port quarter view, A-11 underway in harbor. F-P 14) MS Several sailing craft anchored in harbor; merchant ships in BG; A-11 makes approach in FBG. G 15) MLS Port beam view, A-11, Brazilian Carrier, entering channel to San Juan Harbor. (SV) G 16) MS Telephoto view, men on flight deck; island structure and a/c seen on flight deck. G 17) MS Port quarter of A-11; saluting battery fires salute. G 18) MS Port bow area, number seen on bow; pan along port beam. VG 19) MS Small tug up next to A-11, another underway in BG. F 20) LS Port beam view, A-11 in harbor. G 21) LA MS Bridge of A-11, ship is up along pier. G 22) CU Number "A-11" on starb'd. side of ship. G 23) LA CU Bridge, officers and crewmembers seen in bridge area. G 24) LA MS Officers and men on flight deck; pan to men at Quarters, new 'copters in BG. VG 25) LA MS Brazilian officers on platform extended from side of ship giving orders during tieing up of ship. F 26) MS U.S.N. En'l. man securing mooring line around bitts on pier. G 27) LA MS Officers at Parade Rest on bow of ship; Brazilian Jack flies from staff in RFG. G 28) LA CU Starb'd. bow, Brazilian Carrier at pier, tieing up. G 29) LA CU Brazilian crewmen looking down from deck of ship. F 30) MS Frame view, USN Show Band playing on pier. G...Subject Ref.: PLANES, class., for., Brazilian; SQUADRON - VP-18; NS Roosevelt Roads, PR ; OFFIC., USN, Cerem/Greet., ash; NAT'LS., Brazilian, mil. pers; O'TOOLE, (?), LCDR., USN; FOOD/DRINK, drink, beer; EN'L.MEN, USN, pers. act., eat/drink, irreg., ash; SHIPS, class., for., Brazilian (Carrier); MINAS GERAIS, (A-11), Brazilian Carrier; G.L. HARBORS, San Juan, P.R; FLAGS, for., Brazilian; BOATS, Sail, Anchored; UNITAS X, (Proj.)...Title Source: Title from master card...Accession Number: NN3-428-91-002; 003; NN3-428-92-002; 003...Contact: Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Branch (NWDNM), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 PHONE: (301) 713-7060 FAX: (301) 713-6904..." NARA ARCHIVAL INFORMATION LOCATOR (NAIL) http://www.archives.gov/index.html
MOVIE: "09AUG68--DECOMMISSIONING VP 18...Control Number: NWDNM(m)-428-NPC-40636...General Material: Motion picture films...Description Unit: Item...Record Group: 428...Series Designator: NPC...Item Designator: 40636...Title: DECOMMISSIONING VP 18...Date: 08/09/1968...Format: unedited, 200 feet, color, 16mm....Creating Org.: Department of the Navy. Naval Photographic Center...Record Type/Genre: Unedited Military Footage...Scope & Content: UNEDITED MILITARY FOOTAGE: 1) CU Front view of a radio man on the station in the rear of a P-3A while in flight, the man looking out of the window to his right, talking on a hand mike and putting it down; F. 2) A-A LS Side view of a SP-2E in flight, scattered cloud seen in the BG; G. 3) A-A Side view of two SP-2E'S in formation, the wing tip of the camera a/c is seen in the RFG, scattered clouds are seen below the formation; G. 4) A-A MLS Side view of two SP-2E'S in formation, above the MLS clouds, planes are backlighted, SVDA; VG. 5) A-A LA MLS Side view of one of the SP-2E'S in flight, the scattered clouds are seen in the lower BG; VG. 6) A-A HA MLS Three quarter rear view of two SP-2E's in formation over the water, Jet engine of the camera a/c is seen in the upper right corner, mess out; VG. 7) A-A HA MLS Side view of the two SP-2E'S in flight low over the water, the shoreline of Puerto Rico is seen in the FBG, hilly and misty; G. 8) A-A HA MCU Side view of the two SP.2E's in formatiorn in the FG, low over the water, shoreline is seen in the MBG, SV-DA on the two SP-2E's, VG. 9) A-A MS Side view of two SP-2E'S flying inland from the sea, over the hills in the FG, the valley is seen in the BG all green, mountains are seen in the FBG shadowed, small comunittes seen in the lower FG on the PAN; VG. 10) A-A HA MS Side view of two SP-2E'S in flight over the hilly green terrain, wide flat plain is seen in the MBG, PAN to the right showing the two a/c flying down the coast and out to sea from coastline. Wing tip of the camera a/c seen in the RFG, plane slide-over the shoals seen directly below the a/c; VG. 11) A-A HA ELS Side view of the SP-2E flying over the base showing the runways, the entire area, is somewhat under, due to a cloud coverage; F. 12) Pilot's Eye View Landing approach being made on the runway, in flight over the, runway, no landing made; F...General Note: EKTA color...Subject Ref.: PLANES, P-3A, Scns. Ab'd; PLANES, Scns. Ab'd., Radio Mar (P-3A); PLANES, SP-2E, A.V; NAV. ACT., NS Roosevelt Roads, PR ; ENL'D MEN, USN, Rating Radio Man (RM); AERIALS, Planes, SP-2E (A-A); AEROLOGY, Planes Over Clouds (A.V.); AERIALS, Coasts/Shores, P. R. (A -G); AERIALS, Airfields, A-G; AERIALS, Cities/Villages A-G; PHOTOG., Pilot's Eye View, Planes Land...Approach Geographic Ref.: ROOSEVELT ROADS, P.R Title Source Title from master card. Accession Number: NN3-428-91-002...Contact: Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Branch (NWDNM), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 PHONE: (301) 713-7060 FAX: (301) 713-6904..." NARA ARCHIVAL INFORMATION LOCATOR (NAIL) http://www.archives.gov/index.html
BOOKs: Title: "Seaplanes at War: A Treasury of Words and Pictures" A history of Combat Aircrews in Navy Patrol Bombing Squadrons in the pacific during WWII by Don Sweet SweetUsn@aol.com...WEBSITE: http://hometown.aol.com/sweetusn/index.html [30APR99]
BOOKs: Title: "PBM Mariner in Action Including the Martin P5M Marlin, JRM MARS and P6M Seamaster Number 74" [VP-7, VP-14, VP-16, VP-17, VP-18, VP-19, VP-21, VP-26, VP-31, VP-32, VP-45, VP-47, VP-48, VP-50, VP-55, VP-74, VP-202, VP-206, VP-211, VP-216, etc.] [23DEC99]
"VP-18 Summary Page"