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.
BOOKs: Title: "Consolidated-Vultee PB4Y-2 Privateer: The Operational History of the U.S. Navy's World War II Patrol/Bomber Aircraft by Alan C. Carey."
Format: Paperback, 176pp
Pub. Date: March 2005
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd
The first comprehensive examination of the Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft Corporation's (Convair) PB4Y-2 Privateer, a 70,000-pound patrol bomber equipped with state-of-the-art electronics gear, armed with twelve .50-caliber machine guns, and the capability to deliver bombs, depth charges, and guided missiles. Beginning with the development and production of the aircraft, this book presents an in-depth examination of the patrol bomber's entire operational history from 1942 to the present. Containing nearly 300 color and b/w photographs and line art, the book covers the PB4Y-2's service with the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, French Aeronavale, Republic of China Air Force, various countries of Latin America, and finally as a slurry bomber for aerial fire fighting companies.
USN squadrons covered in the book include: VP-23, VP-24, VP-25, VP-26, VP-28, VP-772, VP-801, VP-871, VP-881, VPB-102, VPB-104, VPB-106, VPB-107, VPB-108, VPB-109, VPB-111, VPB-114, VPB-116, VPB-117, VPB-118, VPB-119, VPB-120, VPB-121, VPB-122, VPB-123, VPB-124, VPB-143, VPB-197, VPB-200, VPW-1 and VPW-2. [20JAN2005]
ORIGINAL REQUEST FOR INFORMATION: "...I'm interested in obtaining post WW-II photos of PB4Ys including those that served with France, China, and other countries. A few squadrons that flew PB4Y include: VD-2, VP-9, VP-17, VP-22, VP-23, VP-24, VP-28, VP-42, VP-120, VP-122, VP-143, VP-197, VP-200, VP-772, VP-871, VPW-1, VPW-2, VPW-3, VPM-1, VJ-1, VJ-61, VW-1, VW-2, VC-11, to mention a few! As you know, the PB4Y-2 continues to serve after 56 years of service. I am thinking of doing a pictorial history of the PB4Y-1 and 2 (1946-Present). Anyone interested contributing photos and stories will be credited in the book. I will pay for the cost of copying. Sincerely, Alan C. Carey email@example.com..." [06JUN2000]
BOOKs: Title: The Fighting Flying Boat: A History of the Martin PBM Mariner by Richard Alden Hoffman firstname.lastname@example.org.
Squadrons, Tenders, etc. include: VP-13, VP-16, VP-17, VP-19, VP-20, VP-21, VP-22, VP-25, VP-26, VP-27, VP-28, VP-32, VP-55, VP-56, VP-73, VP-74, VP-98, VP-100, VP-104, VP-111, VP-117, VP-119, VP-120, VP-201, VP-202, VP-203, VP-204, VP-205, VP-207, VP-208, VP-209, VP-210, VP-211, VP-212, VP-213, VP-216, VH-1, VH-3, VH-4, FAW-3, FAW-5, FAW-9, FAW-11, FAW-12, FAW-16, USS Albemarle (AV-5), USS Pocomoke (AV-9), USS Casco (AVP-12), USS Chincoteague (AVP-24), USS Pocomoke (AV-9), and USS Chandeleur (AV-10).
The Fighting Flying Boat mentions each and every PBM squadron in both WW2 and Korea as well as details of the RAF, RAAF, Dutch, Argentine and Uruguayan service. Also USCG and commercial activities in US, Colombia and Portugal. Also includes every PBM casualty by name, details of every PBM vs Uboat engagement and every PBM vs Japanese fighter and Korean era vs MIG engagements. [22OCT2004]
BOOKs: TITLE: "U.S. NAVAL PATROL SQUADRON TWENTY-EIGHT (VP-28) - Author: James Clifford Miller, Sr. - Publisher: Turner Publishing, (Specializing in Military Books)..." [30APR99]
The book is a 136 page, 9 X 12 inch hardbound publication and a history of VP-28 during the 1947/1952 era of the PB4Y-2 PRIVATEER.
The Book is a factual history of VP-28 between 1947 and 1953, as taken from the files of the Navy Department.
The Book has over 400 pictures of the Officers & Men of VP-28, plus the PB4Y-2 PRIVATEER the squadron flew before being replaced by the P2V Neptune in 1953.
There are 119 Biographies, with pictures, as written by the individuals themselves.
Also, there are 19 stories, submitted by squadron members, of memorable events that took place while in VP-28.
VP-28 was involved in weather recon, search & rescue, ASW and coastal patrol of the coast of China, thru the Straits of Formosa, (Taiwan), and Korea thru the sea of Japan. In the pre-Korean war, VP-28 operated from NAS Agana, Guam. During the Korean War, VP-28 operated out of Itami AFB, Itami, Japan, NAS Atsugi, Japan, ands K-1 Pusan, Korea. During the summer and fall of 1951 VP-28 was involved in "Operation Lamplighter" in conjunction with Marine Night Fighter Squadron VMF(n) 513, flying the F4U Corsair and the F7F Tigercat. VP-28 circled over enemy positions until sighting enemy troop movement, then called in the Marines. On the arrival of the Marine fighters, VP-28 would drop several flares, lighting up the area below like day light, and the marines would then strafe, bomb, and napalm them.
Eighty-three (83) members of VP-28 received the Air Medal for participating in twenty (20) or more missions over enemy territory, plus one (1) man received the DFC.
To order the book, contact:
VP-28/Turner Publishing Company
P.O. Box 3101
Paducahk, Ky., 42002-3101
VP-28 received 5% of the gross sales prior to publication, and that went into our squadron Reunion till, and that is all that anyone from VP-28 receives from the sales of the book.
Copies of the book have been donated, by members of the squadron, to the National Museum of Naval Aviation, Lone Star Flight Museum in Glaveston, and the San Diego Air and Space Museum. Both National Museum of Naval Aviation and Lone Star Flight Museum have a PB4Y-2 in their museum.
Thanks and Warm Regards,
Jim Miller PatronVP28@aol.com
VP-28 Squadron Historian
MOVIE: "28OCT60--PRESENTATION OF Arnold J. Isbell Trophy & BATTLE EFFICIENCY AWARD TO VP-28...Control Number: NWDNM(m)-428-NPC-28939...General Material: Motion picture films...Unit: Item...Record Group: 428 Series Designator: NPC...Item Designator: 28939...Title: PRESENTATION OF ISBELL TROPHY & BATTLE EFFICIENCY AWARD TO VP-28...Date: 10/28/1960...Format: unedited...Scope & Content: 1) MS PAN An HOK-1 helicopter arriving at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii at Oahu, Hawaii; VADM J.S. THACH is aboard; various transports in bg. G2) MS VADM. THACH climbing from the helicopter; second officer follows.3) CU PAN VADM. THACH. GtoF4) MLS RADM. G. B. H. HALL, COMFAIRHAW, VADM. THACH, COMASDEFORPAC, CDR W.C. CAMPBELL, Commanding Officer of VP-28, CAPT. A.L. GURNEY, Commander Fleet Air Wing Two; VP-28 personnel in ranks, in BG, outside the hangar; the group poses in front of a P2V. G5) MS A Battle Readiness Plaque is presented CDR W.C. CAMPBELL by RADM G. HALL. G6) CU CAMPBELL smiling while holding the plaque. G7) CU RADM. HALL. G8) CU VADM. THACH. G9) CU A.L. GURNEY. G10) CU The four officers with the VP-28 Squadron in the BG.11) MCU VADM. THACH shakes hands with CDR CAMPBELL after presenting the J. ISBELL TROPHY to CAMPBELL. G12) MS A USN sedan parked near the hangar. G13) LS The VP-28 Squadron posing in front of a P2V-7 outside the hangar. G...Subject Ref.: HELICOPTERS, HOK-1; HELICOPTERS, landing, land, HOK-1; NAV. ACT., NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii; THACH, VADM. J.S. (COMASDEFORPAC); HALL, RADM. G.B.H. (COMFAIRHAW); CAMPBELL, CDR W.C. (CO Of Fleet Air Wing Two); GURNEY, CAPT. A. L. (CO of Fleet Air Wing Two); PLANES, P2V, parked, land; PLANES, P2V-7, parked, land; PLANES, parked, land, P2V/P2V-7; AWARDS, gen., Isbell trophy; AWARDS, plaque, Battle Readines; VEHICLES, USN sedan; SQUADRONS, VP-28...Use Restrictions: Other. Department of the Navy, Naval Photographic Center...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
AIRCRAFT ON DISPLAY: Western Aerospace Museum P.O. Box 14264, Airport Station Oakland California 94614 415-638-7100 P-3 BUNO: 150520 [23JUN99]
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]
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