VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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CURPHEY, Thomas L. tomcurphey@aol.com "...I served with VP-211 from January 1944 to June 1945. I was a pilot in P12. I hope I live to be 102. I just bought a house at the tender age of 80, with a 30 year loan. Which means I'll have to live to be 110 to pay the damn thing off..." [28MAR2001]

Memorial Picture "...FLEMING, CDR Douglas Riley Shipmate Pix...CDR FLEMING passed away January 21, 2016, just four days short of his 94th birthday. CDR FLEMING attended WTS Kalamazoo, Michigan (03FEB43-01MAY43) Pre Flight-Training, commissioned an ENSIGN (01AUG44) and appointed Naval Aviator at NAS Pensacola, Florida, served with VPB-212 (12JUN45-16OCT45), USNAS Ottumwa, Iowa (01NOV43-01FEB44) Priminary Flight Training, NAS Pensacola, Florida (01FEB44-22AUG44) Basic and Advanced Flight Training, NAS Banana River, Florida (12SEP44-21NOV44) Operational Training, COMFAIRLANT (21NOV44-19DEC44), VP-32 and VPB-211 (19DEC44-12JUN45). Flew (pilot) aboard the PBM, PBM and received the American Theater - World War II Victory Medal. Posted with permission of CDR FLEMING's wife Nancy Kincaid nancyk764@verizon.net..." Contributed by Kevin C. Brennan kateandkevin@gmail.com [23MAY2016]

FORSELL, AO3 John R. clara12481248@earthlink.net "...I was a member of VP-211 stationed outside NAF Aratu, Bahia, Brazil. Are there any crew members out there? Regards - then 3 Class petty officer..." [25APR2005]

Memorial Picture "...HUMMEL, Richard...My late father, Richard Hummel, served with VP-211 and VT-80. Dad and his good friends like Roger, Danny, and Frank stuck around like glue. I do miss my father very much and he was one great man who served his country well and these units. God bless you Dad thanks being a good father to me. If anybody knows my dad please contact me I like to know what he did. I know pretty much what he did and I am so glad he did his job well..." Contributed by Adrian R. Hummel modelplanemaker@comcast.net [08SEP2010]

HURD, Donald DHurd10191@aol.com "...Looking for info on VP-211. Shake down Elizabeth City, N. Carolina. German sub run Aug. 43. Pilot LT. E C Scully. Wood like to contact any member of the crew of PBM 5. Have been unable to locate any information to date..." [01OCT98]

JURVIG, Preben jurvig@prodigy.net "...PPC, pilot VPB-211, January 1942 through 1945. I would like to hear from any former Shipmate. I will be in Palm Springs 4/14/99. See ya..." [26MAR99]

KENNEDY, Jerry c/o Daughter Diane M. (Kennedy) Graves D42398@aol.com "...My father (Jerry Kennedy) was in VP-211 and was on a plane that flew up and down the eastern coast of South America. I am trying to locate the group of men that he flew with. One of his best friends in the group was Phil Weaving. My father's job on the plane was the radar and he mentioned that he also had a gun to shot out of the plane while they were looking for German submarines. Does anyone know of the the rest of the men who were in his group on his plane and if there will ever be another Reunion. I think the last one was in Boston about 10 or 15 years ago. Thank you for any help that you can give me..." [15APR2000]

LOFTUS, CDR Edson G. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=817 "...CDR Edson G. Loftus, USN - NFL Number: 817 - Date of Birth: 6/27/1920 - Date In: 1/13/1941 - Date Out: 6/1/1962 - City, State: Pensacola, FL - Aircraft Flown: PBM, PBM-5A, R4D, SNB, TBM - Ship or Unit: VPB-211, USS Saipan and VP-33 - Pilot Desg.: Patrol Plane Cdr - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: South Atlantic - Associations/Service Organizations: Ret. Officers Assn - Mariner-Marlin Assn - Significant Achievements: Approximately 4,500 hours of flight time; 6 arrested landings. In Memoriam? No..." [11DEC2005]

THOMPSON c/o His Son Keith Thompson (formerAME-2/MA-1) jkozma358@juno.com "...My father-in-law was a member of VP-21/VP-211 out of NAS Banana River, Florida (12-42 to 10-45). The PBM that flew he on was named "Snooks". Dad was an AOM2(T) with the crew and related some his stories from his NAS Banana River, Florida, Sao Palo, and Ascension Islands flights. I would like to know who's PBMs were in the Sao Palo photos. He reluctantly told of his foot "getting stuck" during a "rough landing" at NAS Banana River, Florida. Dad never finished relating his stories as he passed away Apr-98. If there is anyone left that can fill in the blanks about some of the history and color to his unit please contact me..." [28APR2000]

WISE, Paul wispaul@gmail.com "...I served with VP-211 (PPC of 211-P-1O). Ed Boyd and Bob Coquat were co-pilots and my memory at 88 years is not good enough to enumerate other crew members. I would like to hear from former Shipmates. Our crew was great and we shared many memorable experiences..." [21JUN2009]

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