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Circa 1957

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-40 History "...03APR57 - Gooney Birds Show Navy They're Smart - Brought Here By VP-40 - Publication Title: 13th Naval District Public Information Department Press Clippings, 1942-1960 - Content Source: NARA - Publication Number: P2012 - Date Range: 1956-Apr 1960 - Reel Number: 0004 - WebSite: http://www.footnote.com/..." Forwarded by Stephen Miller f134kilmil@comcast.net [23AUG2008]


Circa 1956

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) - Circa 1953. Squadrons Mentioned: FAW-6, VP-40, VP-42, VP-46 and VP-48..." WebSite: USS Salisbury Sound http://www.salisburysound.com/index_Page555.htm [08JAN2007]

On 28 February 1953 the Mariner planes of VP-40 were relieved by planes of VP-46. Commander Task Force Seventy-Two transferred his flag to Pine Island on 7 March and detachments of VP-42 also left the Salisbury Sound for that seaplane tender. That same day Task Force Seventy-Two was established as the Formosa Patrol Force under Rear Admiral Williamson in Pine Island.

Relieved of her duties in the Far East, she sailed by way of Guam and Pearl Harbor to reach Alameda, California, 25 March 1953. She underwent overhaul in the Hunter's Point Shipyard (31 March-27 April 1953). She put into the harbor of Long Beach on 28 April, embarking Commander Mine Squadron Five, and got underway on the 30th with other ships of Task Unit 11.7 for landing assault exercises of Ayliso Beach, California. This duty terminated on 7 May and the ships underwent alternations in the Hunter's Point Shipyard (11 May-30 June), followed by gunnery exercises in local areas from the NAS Alameda, California. She cleared the latter port on 21 July and arrived at Boko Ko, Pescadores Islands, 12 August 1953. On that day she became the flagship of Rear Admiral Truman J. Hedding, Commander Formosa Patrol Force (Task Force Seventy-Two) and Commander FAW-6. Tending the planes of VP-48, she departed Boko Ko on 26 August to base at Buckner Bay until 12 September 1953. Thereafter, she based her operations at Boko Ko (14-19 September); Keelung, Formosa (20-25 September); Kaohsiung, Formosa (29-30 September); Keelung, Formosa (8-14 October); Buckner Bay (15-29 October); Hong Kong (1-7 November); Buckner Bay (11-28 November); Kaohsiung, Formosa (30 November); and Manila (1 December-6 January 1954).

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News July 1956 "...Squadrons At North Island - Page 33 - Naval Aviation News - July 1956..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1956/jul56.pdf [09AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News May 1956 "...VP-40 Designs Loading Rack - Page 38 - Naval Aviation News - May 1956..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1956/may56.pdf [09AUG2004]

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Circa 1955

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News November 1955 "...Taxing Time - Page 16 - Naval Aviation News - November 1955..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1955/nov55.pdf [06AUG2004]

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Circa 1954

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News October 1954 "...VP-40's New Test Trailer - Page 30 - Naval Aviation News - October 1954..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1954/oct54.pdf [02AUG2004]

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Circa 1953

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-40 History "...Pair Of Vets Of Korea Conflict Get Air Medals - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 11 - NO 28 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 22 OCT 1953..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [23JAN2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) - Circa 1952. Squadrons Mentioned: FAW-6 and VP-40..." WebSite: USS Salisbury Sound http://www.salisburysound.com/index_Page555.htm [08JAN2007]

Salisbury Sound served as flagship of Commander FAW-6 at Iwakuni, Japan (24 February-31 March 1952), and hauled down his flag at Yokosuka on 2 April. She put to sea the same day for return to San Diego, 16 April 1952. She entered the Hunter's Point Shipyard on 29 April for overhaul until 16 July 1952, followed by refresher training out of San Diego. She sailed from Long Beach on 15 August 1952 and reached Yokosuka, Japan, on 2 September. Clearing that port on the 5th, she arrived at Buckner Bay on 7 September 1952. The next day she broke the flag of Rear Admiral T.B. Williamson, Commander Task Force Seventy-Two. The Mariner planes of VP-40 came to base aboard, temporarily, on 10 September for repairs and service, and Salisbury Sound arrived at Keelung, Formosa, 8 October 1952. While in that port on 11 October, Rear Admiral Williamson held conference on board with the Honorable Karl Ranking, United States Minister to China; and Major General Chase, Chief of the Military Assistance Advisory Group. After visits to Takao, Formosa (220-22 October) and Hong Kong (23-28 October), she commenced tending Mariners of VP-40 at Buckner Bay. She got underway from the latter port on 30 November to base at Subic Bay in the Philippine Islands (3-20 December), then touched at Kaohsiung, Formosa (22 December) before resuming operations at Buckner Bay on the 24th.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...24FEB53--KOREA--ARRIVED: 01JUN51 DEPARTED: 24FEB53 TAIL CODE: CA AIRCRAFT: PBM-5/5S" http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/koreaob.htm

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...18JAN53 A US Navy P2V-5 (BuNo 127744) of VP-22 was damaged by Chinese anti-aircraft fire over Swatow China, but was able to ditch in the Formosa Strait. Eleven of thirteen crewmen were rescued by a US Coast Guard PBM-5, under fire from Chinese shore batteries on Nan Ao Tao island. Attempting to takeoff in 8-12 foot swells, the PBM crashed. Ten survivors out of nineteen total (including five from the P2V-5) were rescued by the destroyer USS Halsey Powell (DD 686). During the search effort a PBM-5 from VP-40 received fire from a small-caliber machine gun and the destroyer USS Gregory (DD 802) received fire from Chinese shore batteries..." Website: Aircraft Downed During the Cold War and Thereafter http://www.silent-warriors.com/shootdown_list.html [20FEB2003]


Circa 1952

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...FASRON-110, FASRON-112, FASRON-114, FASRON-117, FASRON-118, FASRON-119, FASRON-120, FASRON-885, FASRON-895, VP-1, VP-2, VP-4, VP-6, VP-9, VP-22, VP-28, VP-29, VP-40, VP-42, VP-46, VP-47, VP-731, VP-772, VP-871, VP-892 and VP-931) - Naval Aeronautical Organization OPNAV NOTICE 05400 for Fiscal Year 1953 dated 1 October 1952 is: DECLASSIFIED per Office of Chief of Naval Operations on 1 February 1965 by Op-501..." WebSite: Naval Historical Center http://www.history.navy.mil/a-record/nao53-68/fy1953-oct52.pdf [14MAR2007]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...FAW-1, FAW-2, FAW-4, FAW-6, FAW-14, VP-1, VP-2, VP-4, VP-6, VP-9, VP-22, VP-28, VP-40, VP-42, VP-46, VP-47 and VP-871) - Naval Aeronautical Organization OPNAV NOTICE 05400 for Fiscal Year 1953 dated 1 October 1952 is: DECLASSIFIED per Office of Chief of Naval Operations on 1 February 1965 by Op-501..." WebSite: Naval Historical Center http://www.history.navy.mil/a-record/nao53-68/fy1953-oct52.pdf [14MAR2007]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) - Circa 1952. Squadrons Mentioned: FAW-6 and VP-40..." WebSite: USS Salisbury Sound http://www.salisburysound.com/index_Page555.htm [08JAN2007]

Salisbury Sound served as flagship of Commander FAW-6 at Iwakuni, Japan (24 February-31 March 1952), and hauled down his flag at Yokosuka on 2 April. She put to sea the same day for return to San Diego, 16 April 1952. She entered the Hunter's Point Shipyard on 29 April for overhaul until 16 July 1952, followed by refresher training out of San Diego. She sailed from Long Beach on 15 August 1952 and reached Yokosuka, Japan, on 2 September. Clearing that port on the 5th, she arrived at Buckner Bay on 7 September 1952. The next day she broke the flag of Rear Admiral T.B. Williamson, Commander Task Force Seventy-Two. The Mariner planes of VP-40 came to base aboard, temporarily, on 10 September for repairs and service, and Salisbury Sound arrived at Keelung, Formosa, 8 October 1952. While in that port on 11 October, Rear Admiral Williamson held conference on board with the Honorable Karl Ranking, United States Minister to China; and Major General Chase, Chief of the Military Assistance Advisory Group. After visits to Takao, Formosa (220-22 October) and Hong Kong (23-28 October), she commenced tending Mariners of VP-40 at Buckner Bay. She got underway from the latter port on 30 November to base at Subic Bay in the Philippine Islands (3-20 December), then touched at Kaohsiung, Formosa (22 December) before resuming operations at Buckner Bay on the 24th.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News December 1952 "...VP Commanding Officers - Page 16 - Naval Aviation News - December 1952..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1952/dec52.pdf [28JUL2004]

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Circa 1951

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-40, based at Iwakuni, 1JUNE51-15DEC51, aircraft-nine PBM-5, CO - CDR V. Utgoff. Captain Vadym V. Utgoff, USN, (Ret.). If you need CDR Utgoff's address, please e-mail me. I am a researcher seeking information from PATRONS on the Soviet submarines based at Port Arthur, China (now called Lushun, China) during the years 1950 through 1951. Any information would be a great help in my research! I am still trying to locate information on Knave 206 and Knave 210 ( one land based aircraft that came out on the morning of July 29, 1951, then the second aircraft in the afternoon to relieve the first, to aid the ships attacking the submarine contact ), I would be most greatful!..." Contributed by Al March a499march@aol.com [12DEC98]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: UNIT: VP-40 PREVIOUS DES: VP-MS-10 NAME: Fighting Marlins TAIL CODE: CA/QE ACTIVATED: 1-20-51 DEACTIVATED: TYPICAL LOCATION(S): NAS Moffett Field, California
Books"Title: Lockheed P2V Neptune An Illustrated History by Wayne Mutza wmutza@wi.rr.com...A Schiffer Military History Book...ISBN: 0-7643-0151-9...286 pages full of pictures and history!

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "1JUNE51-15DEC51--Based at Iwakuni. Aircraft: Nine PBM-5's. CO: CDR V. Utgoff..." Contributed by Allison E. March a499march@aol.com


Circa 1950

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News April 1950 "...One Of The Navy's Top Submarine-Killer Squadrons - Page 32 - Naval Aviation News - April 1949..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1950/apr50.pdf [19JUL2004]

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