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BLACK, LCDR Lloyd W. Jr. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=1475 "...LCDR Lloyd W. Black, Jr., USNR - NFL Number: 1475 - Date of Birth: 4/22/1917 - Date In: 9/15/1941 - Date Out: 1/1/1956 - City, State: Southampton, NJ - School Attended: Temple University - Aircraft Flown: PBY1,2, PBY5A, P2V1,2, PBY4Y2, P2V3,3W - Ship or Unit: VP-41, VP-43 and VP-931 - Pilot Desg.: Patrol Plane Cdr - Theaters, Campaigns, etc.: WWII Aleutians/Kor - Associations/Service Organizations: Nav Av Fdn Life Mbr - Assn of Nav Aviation - Ret Officers Assn - Highest personal decoration or award: Commendation Ribbon - Patrol Plane Cdr - PBY5-5A, PV-1-2, PB4YY2 and P2V3-3W. Operations and Exec Ofc VP-931. 2,990+ flight hours. Public School Teacher with numerous athletic coach/positions. In Memoriam? No..." [26NOV2005]

BRADFORD AMM2 Harold inscalehobbies@charterinternet.com "...I served with VP-42 from 1943 to 1945 from Cold Bay to Dutch Harbor. I would like to hear from any former Shipmates..." [05FEB2005]

Memorial Picture "...CARRIGAN, Paul E...With very heavy heart I report that my brother Paul E. Carrigan (the black Irishman of the Aleutian Airdales) passed away June 22.2001. Paul died in the VA hospital in Seattle from lung cancer..." Contributed by his Brother Ralph O. Carrigan rocarr28@comcast.net [16JUL2001]

CARRIGAN, Paul E. "The Black Irishman" (Deceased) c/o His Brother Ralph O. Carrigan rocarr28@comcast.net "...Paul E. Carrigan (died June 22,2001) ex Chief Aerographer's Mate USN. Paul flew as a Fleet Air Wing Four Aerographer and a qualified combat aircrewman with VP-41, VP-42, VP-43, VP-45, VP-62, VP-131, VP-135, VP-136, and VP-139. Paul accumulated over two thousand flying hours in PBYs, PBY 5 As, PV-1 Venturas and PV-2 Harpoons. The author also served in the USS Casco (AVP-12), USS Hulbert AVD-6, USS Williamson (AVP-15)USS Gillis AVD-12, USS Indianapolis CA-35, USS S-35 S type Submarine (1923), and USS Lexington CV-2 (prior to Aleutian posting). Paul authored a book titled: "The Flying, Fighting Weathermen Of Patrol Wing Four" The book includes the two day bombing of Dutch Harbor by Japanese carrier planes. The continuous bombing of the Island of Kiska by the most unconventional dive bomber, The PBY Catalina and The Empire Express to Paramushiro. These three spiral bound volumes contain 868 pages covering World War II as it was fought in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. These are the adventures of a seventeen year old enlisted man as he grows up in the next three years in this very cold corner of hell. . The book is available from the author's brother. And is printed as it was left due to the author's illness and death. Cost: $45.00 (postage included). Please contact Ralph O. Carrigan rocarr28@comcast.net or send a $45.00 check (postage included) to Ralph O. Carrigan, 5 Cutlass Way, Waretown, NJ 08758...I can now supply The Flying, Fighting Weathermen of Patrol Wing Four on a CD. The cost including postage is $25.00. Contact Ralph O. Carrigan rocarr28@comcast.net..." [BIO Updated 03JUL2003 | BIO Updated 02SEP2002 | 17OCT2002]

Memorial Picture "...CLAYTON, CAPTAIN Oramel I. "Mel"...My father, CAPTAIN Oramel I. "Mel" CLAYTON, passed away July 28, 2000. Dad served with VC-7, VOC-2, VC-20 (05/1944-11/1945), VP-41 (07/1948-08/1949), VR-3 (05/1951-12/1954), VR-7 (01/1955-02/1957), VR-6 (03/1957-06/1960); NARTU NAS Jacksonville, Florida (07/1960-01/1963) and retired 06/1967. I would like to hear from anyone who knew him and the type of aircraft Dad flew. Thanks!..." Contributed by Retired c/o His Son Greg Clayton dgclayton@verizon.net [E-Mail Updated 08APR2015 | 12OCT2000]

Memorial Picture "...FROEHLICH, CDR Edward William Retired...Excerpt from Pensacola Newspaper Obituary Sunday 27JUN2004: "Edward William Froehlich was born November 12, 1910 in Fletcher, Illinois, the son of Charles L. and Elizabeth T. Kerber Froehlich. In 1913 he and his family relocated to a farm in Wesley, Iowa where he grew up, graduating from Wesley High School in 1929. He served in the United States Navy for thirty years from 1932 to 1962. He resided in Pensacola, Florida since 1935 when not traveling with the U.S. Navy seeing combat action in World War II in the Thousand Mile War in the Alaskan Aleutian Islands campaign as a Plane Captain on Catalina Flying Boats with VP-41." Uncle Ed served with VP-16 and VP-40. There entries on VPNAVY using the alternate spelling of Froelich. Ed was a pilot prior to enlisting in the Navy in 1932, but defective eyesight prevented him from being a USN pilot - he was ACCM-1 during the Aleutian Campaign, and retired as CDR in 1962. Survivors include my mom, age 97, and sister, age 99...Chuck Huber cerebralhush@gmail.com..." [29JUN2004]

FROELICH, CDR Ed Retired [Deceased] c/o His Nephew Chuck Huber cerebralhush@gmail.com "...My uncle, Ed Froelich (USN CDR RET.) flew in PBY-3s and P2Y-2s in VP-16 and VP-41 in late 1930s and early 1940's. VP-16 and a number of other seaplane patrol squadrons, then based at the NAS Sand Point, Seattle, Washington were shortly re-designated numerically into the VP-40 series. VP-16, one of the five patrol squadrons at Sand Point, became VP-41, flying PBY-3 aircraft. Two of the patrol squadrons flew PBY-3s, and the other three flew the predecessor aircraft, P2Y-2s. He was ACCM1 flight engineer (plane captain), later commissioned, retiring as CDR. His son, Ed Froelich, Jr. is retired CAPT USN. Ed flew with pilot LT. Paul Ramsey (later CINCPAC) and RM1 Lee B. Napoli in A/C #41P2 (PBY-3) in the Aleutians in 1941, and was on the first flight that discovered the first (and only) Japanese landing on U.S. soil. Ed lives in Pensacola, Fl., but does not have internet access. He was a pilot prior to joining the Navy in 1937, but because he wore glasses flew as crew..." [Deceased Update 29JUN2004 | 04APR2002]

McKNIGHT, Jack c/o Robert MckKight ramck@ptinet.net "...I was just reading some of your contributions on VP-42. Since I got online a couple of years ago, I've been looking to find info on my father's service in the Aleutians in the summer of 1942. What I've come up with so far is that he was with either VP-41 or VP-42. I started the search after he passed away. I found a photo album with pictures of Catalinas and crew members with inscriptions such as Umnak Island August 1942, Kiska bound, cooking on Mount Ballyhoo Uune of 1942, and pictures of Spence, Dow, Young, Rierson, Carpenter, Strickland and Ried. These last I believe were a PBY5A aircrew. Are any of you people out there? I'd love to hear from you. His name was Jack McKnight. I know he started out as a fireman with the beaching crew in Astoria, Or and ended up as an engine mechanic (AD) and by April 1943. He was at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington renting a cottage at Smilk Beach with my mom. Any info would be appreciated. I plan to attend the CPW-4 Reunion in September if time permits. Thanks so much for your help..." [06AUG99]

MEYER, LTJG John c/o his son Michael Meyer hd72@excite.com "...My father John Meyer was with VPB-25 and VP-41 in the Pacific from June to October, 1945. he was a Lt. (jg) and flew PBM-5's with other Shipmates: En. Kohr, Overkop, Fonoroni, Cpt. Rone, Lt. Conway, Eng. Durante, Lt. MArsh, Duerkpr, Lt. Whitt, Lt. Peters, and Kurzt. He flew in and around Hoi How; Jinomoc; Subic; Necke Isle; Hainian Straight; Hong Kong; Swaton; Sangley; and Lingayen. I am looking for ANY and All information about him or his Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 23JAN2003 | 02JAN2000]

MILLER, Roger c/o Bill Miller bmiller@wlgore.com "...I'm looking for anything on Roger Miller (my uncle/not the singer) who was stationed with VP-43 and VP-41 in Alaska toward the end of the war (PBYs). I guess Catalinas run in our family. If I were a millionaire, I'd have one as well. Roger is alive and doing well, but has no interest in computers. I think he'd like to hear from crewmates, though..." [15FEB99]

MONTOYA, Ernest P. epm1@hotmail.com "...Chief. Hank Cardoza Pilot, Cmdr. Firebaugh; Hope you guys are alright, Sir. Long time, no see. Any crew members from VP-41 out there drop me a line at my e mail address. Smooth air and blue sky to all HUNTER KILLERS..." [23OCT98]

SCHNEIDEWIND, AMM1 N. A. Retired Schneidmom@AOL.com "...A few squadrons I served in as Plane Captain and "second mech" VP-41, NAS Kodiak, Alaska, Beach Crew 1941, VP-23. Ford Island, Oahu 1942, PATSU 1-1 supporting VP-12, 1st "Black Cat" squadron, Guadalcanal, 1942-43, VPB-44, Green Island, 1943-45, VP-28 Itami, Japan NAHA, Okinawa, 1951-53, HTU-1 NAAS Ellyson Field, Florida 1953-55 VR-1 "Zebra" Division, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland 1955-58 VW-11 NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada 1958-59..." [12JUN99]

STURGES, Robert (Bob) Retired rmsco@earthlink.net "...I was stationed at NAS North Island, San Diego, California at the time the Japanese Bombed Pearl Harbor. My memory is not all that great, but I do remember transferring a patrol squadron overnight on 7 December. I can't be sure but I think it might have been VP-41. Drop me aline if you can..." [14APR2002]

THORPE, AT1 Carl O. CARBETT@AOL.COM "...Out of boot camp in early 48, my first squadron was VPMS-11 NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I was an AD striker, flying with the Exec's crew in PBMs. Shortly before we deployed to Tsing-Tao, the designation was changed to VP-41. Came out of China in 1949, after spending some time at Opama Sea Plane base outside of Yokusuka, Japan and after losing some of our aircraft to Mao's people, and after Chang-Kai Shek left for Formose, and decommissioned VP-41. Next duty station-FAETUPAC Ream Field. Still trying to be an AD, I found out that no AD-3s were being made. Switched to AT and took the outfit to NAS North Island, San Diego, California. From there to FASRON-8 NAS Alameda, California. Then commissioned VC-7 at NAS Moffett Field, California and took her to NAS Norfolk, Virginia flying P2V-3C A/C. Commissoned FASRON-51 and then transferred to NAMTC NAS Point Mugu, California. Left there in 1954 for ComUnit 38C at NS Sangley Point, Philippines working within VW-3. Commissioned VQ-1 June 1, 1954 and took the outfit to NAS Iwakuni, Japan flying Martin Mercator P4Ms. Left there end of 1957 and went back to FAETUPAC Det A NAS Alameda, California. Got out soon after having made AT-1 in February 1954..." [25JUN2002]

TROXEL, Douglas R. tusouls@cyberport.com "...I was VP my entire 20 years. VP-41, VP-50 and VP-1. We met many great people and would like to hear from anyone especially in the neighborhood of Reunions. Also, would anyone know if there is a Amatuer radio "VP Net"? If there is, would like to hear from you. If their isn't, would anyone like to begin one? It was great reading the comments. Brought back many good memories..." [27JAN2001]

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