NOTICE: "...Navy Establishing Augment Units For All FRS's Including VP-30..." Contributed by LCDR Robert J. Cable firstname.lastname@example.org [03DEC2003]
The Navy is scheduling the establishment of a Squadron Augment Unit (SAU) attached to VP-30 for 1 October, 2004. Final numbers have yet to be released, but the SAU is likely to total near 150 personnel composed of Officer and Enlisted instructors and maintenance personnel. The SAU has begun recruiting the advance party of 20 maintainers in the AD, AE, AT, AM, and AME rates. If you are interested in serving as a Selected Reservist in VP-30 SAU, have P-3 NEC's and P-3 experience within the last 6 years, and are within drilling distance of NAS Jacksonville, Florida, please call Naval Reserve Recruiting Area SE at 904-542-3320 ext 490 or the SAU OIC at 904-542-0990.
NOTICE: "....On a trip up to the San Francisco area last month I stopped by Eagle Field, a WWII AAC training site. The last remaining P2V-3W, BuNo 124359, is there in pieces, but complete. For years it was on display at Griffith Park in Los Angeles. This aircraft served in VP-3 from June of 1950 to December of 1951. This was its only VP squadron service. Has anyone out there flown this aircraft or have any records or photos? The aircraft is available for restoration and it would be great to see this early bird on the ramp at NAS Jacksonville, Florida in original VP-3 colors. Anyone interested in this as a project?...Richard Douglass email@example.com..." [25APR99]
"...Help! The last surviving P2V-3W, 124359, has found a new home and will be restored! This aircraft was built in 1950 and served with VP-3, FAETULANT, and China Lake, before being retired and given to the City Of Los Angeles in 1960. For many years it was on public display at Griffith park in Los Angeles until damaged when a tree fell on it. It has been in pieces at Eagle Field near Los Banos, California since 1991. It is being aquired by the new aircraft museum at NAS Alameda, California, near Oakland, California. NAS Alameda, California was a Navy O&R facility, and retired O&R employees have volunteered to do the restoration.
Needed are any photographs or slides to provide us with correct side numbers and markings. Pilot and crew log book entries, stories etc. are needed to fill in the details of this historic Neptune. Info and background material on VP-3, FAETULANT and NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone are also wanted. Please assist us in doing a great restoration and display for this aircraft.
Richard Douglass firstname.lastname@example.org
PO Box 63
La Caņada, CA 91012..." [26OCT99]
NOTICE: "...I am looking for anyone that may have served with a certain Cecil Ray Haycraft. He joined the Navy in 1930 and served through the late 1950's. He was an ACMM during WW2, and retired as a LCDR. He died in 1981. From what I've found, he served with VP-3 in NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone in the late 30's. During WW2, he served with VP-73 as a plane captain, VB-105 as "Assistant Engineer", and HEDRON 5 in "Engineering". At the end of the War, through his retirement, he served with FAW-5, VP-51 and VP-92" at their Headquarters (not quite sure what that means, but that's what I've found.) I believe he participated transporting PBY's to the Soviet Union in 1944/45. If anyone may have served with him, or perhaps has them on a crew roster, a picture of him, knows about the lend-lease program to the Russians- I'm looking for any information you can give me! Appreciate the help!...LT Dave Schwind email@example.com..." [14NOV2002]
NOTICE: "...I am looking for more information on my grandfathers brother. He was reported as missing after a training mission that left NAAS cecil Field on Nov 27, 1950. His name is Joseph Raymond Bryan, and he was an airman with US patrol Squadron Three (VP-3). According to his certificate of death, there were 10 people on board, and it was a training midin (training to lay mines). I am not sure if it was 10 on board, or ten in there formation. If there were, I'm hoping there is someone else who may have more information on the deaths. Thanks!...Christina Bryan firstname.lastname@example.org..."
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