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Circa 1948 - 1949

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-41 History "...CDR Edward L. DASHIELL, Jr., during 1948 and 1949 was Executive Officer of two squadrons, VP-41 and FASRON-110. Late in 1952 he became Commanding Officer of VS-27..." Official U. S. Navy Documention [22DEC2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons CD-ROM: Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons Vol. 2 Stock No. 008-046-00195-2 The History of VP, VPB, VP(HL), and VP(AM) Naval Historical Center, Department Of The Navy, Washington, D. C...." [15JUN2000]
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Circa 1948

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...6 Sep 194826 Mar 1949: VP-41 deployed from its home port of NAS North Island, San Diego, California, to Tsingtao, China, to relieve VP-MS-3. Ground personnel and supplies departed aboard USS Pine Island (AV-12), and 27 September all nine PBM-5 aircraft arrived at Tsingtao..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/avh-vol2/chap3-8.pdf [02NOV2005]


Circa 1944

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...History of FAW-6 - 02NOV43-31DEC44. History Submitted: January 24, 1945. Squadron's Assigned: VP-12, VP-41, VP-42, VP-43, VP-45, VP-53, VP-61, VPB-62, VPB-91, VPB-120, VPB-131, VP-135, VP-136, VP-138, VP-139, VP-142, VPB-144, VP-146, VP-151, VPB-199..." Official U. S. Navy Records (National Archives and Records Administration) via Fold3 http://www.fold3.com/ [28NOV2012]

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Circa 1943

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Location of U. S. Naval Aircraft - Dated 16 Jan 1943..." WebSite: Naval Historical Center http://www.history.navy.mil/ [01OCT2006]

VP SQUADRONS MENTIONED

CASU and PATSU

VJ-1, VJ-2, VJ-3, VJ-4, VJ-5, VJ-6, VJ-7 and VJ-8

VP-6 Coast Guard

VP-3

VP-11 and VP-12

VP-23 and VP-24

VP-31, VP-32, VP-33 and VP-34

VP-41, VP-42, VP-43 and VP-44

VP-51, VP-52, VP-53 and VP-54

VP-61, VP-62 and VP-63

VP-71, VP-72, VP-73 and VP-74

VP-81, VP-82, VP-83 and VP-84

VP-91, VP-92VP-93, and VP-94

VP-101, VP-102, VP-103, VP-104, VP-105, VP-106, VP-107, VP-108 and VP-109

VP-110

VP-127, VP-128 and VP-129

VP-131, VP-132, VP-133 and VP-134

VP-200, VP-201, VP-202, VP-203, VP-204, VP-205, VP-206, VP-207, VP-208 and VP-209

VP-210, VP-211, VP-210, and VP-216


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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Location of U. S. Naval Aircraft - Dated 09 Feb 1943..." WebSite: Naval Historical Center http://www.history.navy.mil/ [28SEP2006]

VP SQUADRONS MENTIONED

VJ-1, VJ-2, VJ-3, VJ-7 and VJ-8

VP-11, VP-12, VP-13 and VP-14

VP-23 and VP-24

VP-31, VP-32, VP-33 and VP-34

VP-41, VP-42, VP-43 and VP-44

VP-61, VP-62, and VP-63

VP-71, VP-72, VP-73 and VP-74

VP-81, VP-82, VP-83 and VP-84

VP-91, VP-92, VP-93 and VP-94

VP-101

VP-127, VP-128 and VP-129

VP-130, VP-132, VP-133 and VP-134

VP-201, VP-202, VP-203, VP-205, VP-206, VP-207, VP-208 and VP-209,

VP-210, VP-211 and VP-212
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Circa 1942

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...History of FAW-4 - History of Headquarters Squadron Fleet Air Wing Four - Established: 01OCT42. Squadron's Assigned: VP-41, VP-42, VP-43, VP-49, VP-56, VP-61, VP-62, VP-70, VPB-135, VPB-136 and VPB-139 - Submitted January 18, 1945..." Official U. S. Navy Records (National Archives and Records Administration) via Fold3 http://www.fold3.com/ [26NOV2012]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Full Text Citations For Award of The Navy Cross - To U.S. Navy Personnel - World War II - (2,889 Awards) - Navy Cross Citations U.S. Navy - World War II..." WebSite: Home of Heros http://www.homeofheroes.com/ valor/ 1_Citations/ 03_wwii-nc/ nc_06wwii_navyR.html [23NOV2007]

THIES, WILLIAM N.

Citation:

The Navy Cross is presented to William N. Thies, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service beyond the call of duty as a Pilot of Seaplane Patrol Squadron FORTY- ONE (VP-41), Patrol Wing FOUR, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Aleutian Islands, Territory of Alaska, during the period 1 through 15 June 1942. Lieutenant Thies made daring, repeated dive-bombing and strafing attacks on Japanese ships and four-motored patrol planes, constantly seeking out and engaging the enemy, despite the hazards of severe weather conditions and fire from antiaircraft and shore batteries, thereby inspiring other members of his squadron to supreme efforts. He participated in all-night patrols and bombing attacks on enemy Japanese ships in Kiska harbor and succeeded in scoring a hit on an enemy transport, all the while defying continuous and heavy antiaircraft fire. Lieutenant Thies outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 314 (May 1943)
Born: February 4, 1917 at Washington, D.C.
Home Town: Washington, D.C.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-42 Awards - LCDR William N. Thies..." [03NOV2006]

LEFT PHOTOGRAPH:  Gold Star August 6th through November 26th, 1942
CENTER PHOTOGRAPH:  Gold Star November 27th through December 4th, 1942
RIGHT PHOTOGRAPH:  Navy Cross June 1st through 15th, 1942

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Op-40-A-KB - (SC)A6-4/VZ - January 6, 1942 - Location of U. S. Naval Aircraft..." WebSite: Naval Historical Center http://www.history.navy.mil/ [23SEP2006]

VP SQUADRONS MENTIONED

VP-11, VP-12 and VP-14

VP-23 and VP-24

VP-31, VP-32, VP-33 and VP-34

VP-41, VP-42, VP-43 and VP-44

VP-51, VP-52, VP-53 and VP-54

VP-61, VP-62, VP-63

VP-71, VP-72, VP-73 and VP-74

VP-81 and VP-83

VP-91, VP-92 and VP-94

VP-101

VP-201, VP-202, VP-203, VP-204, VP-205, VP-206, VP-207, VP-208, VP-209, VP-210, VP-211 and VP-212


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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...10JUL42 - Salvage party from VP-41, transported to Akutan Island in district patrol vessel YP-151, begin salvage of ZERO fighter discovered on 10 July. Their initial efforts reveal more work will be required (see 15 July)..." HyperWar WebSite: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/USN-Chron/USN-Chron-1942.html [16SEP2005]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...10JUL42 - PBYs (VP-41) returning from a routine patrol, sights Mitsubishi A6M2 type 0 ["Zero"] carrier fighter upside-down in a bog on Akutan Island, Aleutians, where it has been since its forced landing on 3 June 1942 (see 12 July)..." HyperWar WebSite: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/USN-Chron/USN-Chron-1942.html [16SEP2005]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Fifty of us from the sunken submarine USS S-27 (SS 132) were pulled from the island of Amchitka, right from under the noses of the Japanese, our enemy at that time. This was VP-41 and it was sometime during the last week of June 1942. It wasn't until over 50 years later, in the mid nineties, that I learned that the pilot of the PBY that had located us was lost on a routine mission later in 1942. It was my first, last and only ride in a PBY and I shall remember it till my dying day. Thanks to VP-41, I got to finish eight great years in submarines (1941 to 1949)...George Herold GeorgeSS132@webtv.net..."


Circa 1941

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-42 History "...On June 4th, 1942 Japanese aircraft from the IJN Ryujo attacked NAS Dutch Harbor, Alaska in the Aleutian Islands. One of the aircraft, a Zero, was damaged by antiaircraft fire. The pilot, Petty Officer Tadayoshi Koga, attempted to safely land his damaged fighter on Akutan Island with his landing gear down. What seemed like solid ground was actually marsh and the Zero flipped on its back trapping Koga inside to drown. Several weeks later - LT Theis flying a PBY Catalina from VP-41 spotted the Zero when the PBY was blown off course by a storm. A search team went to Akutan and with great difficulty, recovered Koga's plane and brought it by barge to NAS Dutch Harbor, Alaska. It was in surprisingly good condition and was the first Zero captured intact by the Americans. The Zero was shipped to NAS North Island, San Diego, California where it was restored to flying condition and tested against Allied aircraft. The Zeros strengths and weaknesses were discovered as a result and successful tactics were developed to combat the near invincible Japanese classic fighter. The Zero was subsequently destroyed in 1944 when an SB2C Helldiver taxied into it. Several parts of the famous Zero are preserved in the Navy Museum @ the Washington Navy Yard in Wash. D.C...." WebSite: EBay http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/mr.broccoli [22NOV2007]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Hearings Before The Joint Committee On The Investigation Of The Pearl Harbor Attack - Congress Of The United States - Seventy-Ninth Congress...Squadrons mentioned: VP-11, VP-13, VP-14, VP-21, VP-22, VP-23, VP-24, VP-31, VP-32, VP-41, VP-42, VP-43, VP-44, VP-51, VP-52, VP-71, VP-72, VP-73, VP-74, VP-81, VP-82, VP-83, VP-84, VP-91, VP-92, VP-93, VP-94, VP-101, VP-102, CPW-1, CPW-2, CPW-3, CPW-4, CPW-5, CPW-7, CPW-8 and CPW-9..." WebSite: The public's library and digital archive http://www.ibiblio.org/pha/pha/misc/rainbow5.html [01APR2005]
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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "31DEC41--PATROL WING FOUR (VP-41) Patrol Squadron FORTY-ONE (6 PBY5)..." http://omni.cc.purdue.edu/~pha/pha/hart/xha-029.html

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "00DEC41--Order of Battle December 1941 Patrol Wing Four - NAS Seattle, Washington VP-41 - 6 Catalinas PBY5, VP-42 - 6 Catalinas PBY5, VP-43 - 6 Catalinas PBY5, and VP-44 - 6 Catalinas PBY5..." http://www.halisp.net/listserv/pacwar/1314.html


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