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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-24 Squadron "...We recently lost my dad, Charles Edgar Deyhle, age 87. He was served with VPB-24 from 1941-1945. His service during WW II was one accomplishment he was proudest of. This is a VPB-24 picture Dad had in his collection..." Contributed by Jenny Deyhle Rapp jenrapp77@gmail.com [06FEB2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY:  History ThumbnailCameraVP-24 History "...The guy on the right was now stationed in Iceland, working the AIMD, and I was deployed there with VP-24. Needless to say, the MAD head the knucklehead in the middle was about to adjust, usually expected more delicate treatment!..." Contributed by ESCHE, PO6 Mark Retired readman51@aol.com [29JAN2006]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VPNAVY's Personal Library VPNAVY BookTitle: "Patrol Squadron Twenty-Four Sing Along With Joe and The Batmen of VP-24" [27OCT99]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-24 History ThumbnailCameraVP-24 History "...I found a few of my Dad's (Oliver C. Cope) photos from VP-53. I believe these were taken in the Marshall Islands, but I'm not positive..." Contributed by Gregory R. Cope copefamily@mindspring.com [11AUG2001]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-24 Crew 11...VP-24, Det. 13, Slides Into Iceland; Phatoms Pack Up, Head For Home..." Contributed by Don Hall djhdestin@cox.net [12APR2000]

First For Eleven

FIRST FOR ELEVEN - Shown with Cdr. Robert O. Boe, Naval Station Executive Officer, is Crew 11 of VP-24, Detachment 13, after its arrival at the Naval Station November 30. Crew 11 was the first Detachment 13 crew to arrive of the five-plane contingent which will replace VP-18's Detachment 13. Members of the crew are Lt. W. E. Macauley, LT.j.g. E. C. Shealy, Lt.j.g. C. D. Redman, Lt.j.g. E. T. Justis, L. K. Bradley, ADR1, R. W. Collins, ADJ3, D. J. Hall, ATN2, C. E. Ford, ATN3, M. B. Bird, AE3, L. R. Walkley, ATR3, G. W. Stewart, AOAN.

PATROL SQUADRON TWENTY-FOUR, Detachment THIRTEEN, literally slid into Iceland at 12:46 Saturday, November 30. A total of 25 officers and 42 enlisted men brought the squadron's five SP2Hs down onto the icy runway to begin a five-month tour which will end in May. Sunday's airlift carried there remaining 102 men in the detachment plus supplies and records.

Homebased in NAS Norfolk, Virginia, VP-24 is no stranger to Iceland. Squadron planes operated here in the summer of 1962 and also flew from NAS Keflavik, Iceland this past summer in various excercises.

PATROL SQUADRON TWENTY-FOUR was commissioned in 1943 at the MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The squadron's war record can be judged by the fact that it received two Presidental Unit Citations, the only squadron to be honored throughoLT the war.

VP-24 has been the pioneer for many of our modern war tactics. The "Bat," the Navy's first air-to-surface missle was developed by VP-24. The squadron was one of the first mining squadrons in the Atlantic Fleet. It was the first Navy squadron ever to fly from Malta. In January 1960, VP-24 became a member of the "first team" in anti-submarine Warfare.

The history of VP-24 lists many "well dones" and congratulations from many ranking officials of both the U. S. and foreign governments for its work in planned operations, rescue work, and international crises such as the recent Cuban blockade.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Our squadron was involved in the first hydrogen bomb test when a crew went TAD to the Air Force and their job was to check the radiation at the time of the blast - the plane was at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland and was painted white - it was there for aboLT 4 months and everyone was trying to figure oLT what the deal was - we also flew a large number of PB4Y-B's to Formosa - they were reconditioned and we picked them up in San Diego and flew across the Pacific, puddlejumping all the way - I was in the first group of 3 planes - My pilot was "Barney" Oldfield - flying across the Pacific in a PB4Y-B is an experience - took us 16 hours to Hawaii...VP-24 also took PB4Y-2Bs to "French Indo China" after we ferried the 30 or so to Formosa - the Nationalist Chinese still had some early biplanes when we first got there ..." Contributed by George Bahto ggb313@aol.com [06SEP98]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...You may not remember your A/C BuNo, but I sure remember mine. The last one that I had was 147969. I flew on her for almost three years in 24, with Lt. Bruce Herman, and Lt. Ken Pearl, and a whole host of PP2P's. '969 arrived in VP-23 aboLT six months after I came to Brunswick and was in the squadron until we transitioned to the P-3. I flew the last operational flight of a P-2 on her with a specially made up crew of "old timers". (The whole thing was a Public Relations stunt) And then she went to Roosy Roads P.R. as a guided missle control aircraft. The Lockheed Public Relations people had painted a big square on the side of her nose with a sign in it stating that this was "the last fleet Turtle". Two years later I ran into her again in P.R. and she still had that sign on the side..." Contributed by William R. (Bill) Love Jr. AXC(AC)USN/RET bilbiker@suscom-maine.net

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Squadron ThumbnailCameraVP-24 CDI Patch Contributed by Tom Grannis grannis1@earthlink.net [10NOV2003]


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