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Circa 1969

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraMeritorious Unit Citation "...Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross)..." Official U. S. Navy Records (National Archives and Records Administration) via Fold3 http://www.fold3.com/ [14DEC2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...VP-45 Welcomes UNITAS X Home From SOuth America - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 27 - NO 39 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 18 DEC 1969..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [27MAY2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...UNITAS X Det Returns To VP-45 - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 27 - NO 38 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 11 DEC 1969..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [27MAY2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...Change of Command when CDR W. H. Saunders relieved by CDR R. A. Mason - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 27 - NO 22 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 21 MAY 1969..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [24MAY2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...Red Darters Fly South, Link Up With UNITAS X Fleet Exercise - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 27 - NO 18 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 24 JULY 1969..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [23MAY2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...VP-45 News - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 27 - NO 16 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 10 JULY 1969..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [23MAY2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...VP-45 Gets First Neptunes - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 27 - NO 16 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 10 JULY 1969..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [23MAY2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...VP-45 Joined Other Naval Units In Support Of 'Market Time' - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 27 - NO 15 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 03 JULY 1969..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [23MAY2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...Welcome Home VP-45 Red Darters - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 27 - NO 11 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 05 JUNE 1969..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [22MAY2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...VP-45 Letter of Commendation - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 27 - NO 07 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 08 MAY 1969..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [21MAY2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...Six VP-45 'Red Dars' Honored During Squadron Award Ceremony - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 26 - NO 49 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 13 MAR 1969..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [19MAY2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...Red Dars Hold Award Ceremony In Thailand - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 26 - NO 49 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 27 FEB 1969..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [02MAY2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation August 1969 "...On Patrol - Page 30 to 31 - August 1969..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1969/aug69.pdf [17SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation May 1969 "...On Patrol - Naval Aviation News - May 1969..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1969/may69.pdf [17SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation April 1969 "...On Patrol - Page 30 to 31 - Naval Aviation News - April 1969..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1969/apr69.pdf [17SEP2004]

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Circa 1968

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...VP Red Darters Host West German Crew - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 26 - NO 31 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 24 OCT 1968..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [28APR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...VP-45 Orion On Display - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 26 - NO 31 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 24 OCT 1968..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [28APR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...VP-45's Darters Hold 'Hangar Warming' Awards Ceremony In New Squadron Home - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 26 - NO 14 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 24 JUN 1968..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [24APR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...VP-45 Red Darters Qualify In Operation Springboard - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 26 - NO 01 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 28 MAR 1968..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [21APR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation July 1968 "...On Patrol - Page 30 to 31 - Naval Aviation News - July 1968..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1968/jul68.pdf [15SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation June 1968 "...On Patrol - Page 30 to 31 - Naval Aviation News - June 1968..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1968/jun68.pdf [15SEP2004]

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Circa 1967

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...VP-45 Homes In - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 24 - NO 47 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 02 MAR 1967..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [15APR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation November 1967 "...Squadron Insignia - Naval Aviation News - November 1967..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1967/nov67.pdf [13SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation July 1967 "...Fleet Air Wings On Patrol - Page 28 to 29 - Naval Aviation News - July 1967..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1967/jul67.pdf [11SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation May 1967 "...Fleet Air Wings On Patrol - Page 28 to 29 - Naval Aviation News - May 1967..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1967/may67.pdf [10SEP2004]

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Circa 1966

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...VP-45 Returns From Tour In Adak, Alaska - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 23 - NO 42 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 13 JAN 1966..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [10APR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...VP-45 CO Takes Helm At Adak NS - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 23 - NO 41 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 06 JAN 1966..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [10APR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation March 1966 "...Fleet Air Wings On Patrol - Page 36 to 37 - Naval Aviation News - March 1966..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1966/mar66.pdf [04SEP2004]

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Circa 1965

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...Patron 45 Host VP-912 During Training Period - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 22 - NO 48 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 11 FEB 1965..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [09APR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation November 1965 "...Atlantic Air Wings On Patrol - Page 26 to 27 - Naval Aviation News - November 1965..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1965/nov65.pdf [03SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation July 1965 "...On Patrol With Atlantic Air Wings - Page 26 - Naval Aviation News - July 1965..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1965/jul65.pdf [01SEP2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation March 1965 "...On Patrol With Atlantic Air Wings - Page 26 to 27 - Naval Aviation News - March 1965..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1965/mar65.pdf [31AUG2004]

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Circa 1964

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...PATRON 45 Holds Change of Command - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 22 - NO 41 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 17 DEC 1964..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [07APR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...Change Of COs Scheduled For Patron 45 - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 22 - NO 41 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 10 DEC 1964..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [07APR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...VP-45 Receives 'E' CNO Safety Award - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 22 - NO 31 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 01 OCT 1964..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [06APR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...VP-45 FLies Non-Stop On Mining Run - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 22 - NO 11 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 21 MAY 1964..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [31MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...VP-45 Visits Sister Squadron VP-815 - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 22 - NO 10 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 14 MAY 1964..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [31MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...13-Hour, Non-Stop Trip Made By VP-45 - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 22 - NO 05 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 09 APR 1964..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [30MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...ASW Might Strengthened As VP-45 Launches First Operational Flight - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 22 - NO 02 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 19 MAR 1964..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [29MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...Patron 45 Host VP-912 During Training Period - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 22 - NO 48 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 11 FEB 1964..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [28MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation October 1964 "...CNO Safety and Atlantic E's Awards - Page 2 - Naval Aviation News - October 1964..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1964/oct64.pdf [30AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation September 1964 "...The Wings With Eyes On The Sea - Page 19 to 22 - Naval Aviation News - September 1964..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1964/sep64.pdf [29AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation July 1964 "...A Welcome For Regulars - Page 26 - Naval Aviation News - July 1964..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1964/jul64.pdf [29AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation May 1964 "...Something New At NAS Jax - Page 18 - Naval Aviation News - May 1964..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1964/may64.pdf [28AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "Last, Lone P5M Flies Away From Bermuda" Bermuda Mid-Ocean News, Vol. 52 - No. 3 Hamliton, Bermuda, Monday, January 6, 1964" VP-45 Pix A lone P5M Martin Marlin flying boat roared up from the Great Sound yesterday morning, then flew low over the U. S. Naval Station control tower in a salute and headed out over the sea for the United States.....This was the last that NS Bermuda will see of the large two-engined sea planes which over the years have become a familiar sight in these skies. The other flying boats stationed here left earlier. The United States Atlantic Fleet has discontinued the use of these aircraft in favour of the swifter, longer-ranged Orions which are four engine turbo-prop land planes, some of which are now operating out of Kindley Air Force Base.....CLOSE OF AN ERA.....In a way the departure of the P5M yesterday marked the close of an era at the Naval Station because not only was it the last flying boat to be based here, but it was the last remnant of the station's two air squadrons. Patrol Squadron 45 officially left the station on December 31, and Patrol Squadron 49 left the station on September 1st.....Although the station has been decreased in size, it does not mean, however, that it has become defunct. A spokesman for the station said yesterday that in the past year a fairly large number of research vessels had used the facilities of the station and it was expected that the same number of even slightly more would do the same in the future.....The main change, said the spokesman, was that the Navy's air operations had been shifted to Kindley Air Force Base where the Orion aircraft were now stationed. These aircraft would continue to carry on about the same amount of anti-submarine warfare operations as the flying boats had done from the Naval Station. In addition two aircraft will still be based at the Naval Station. One is a helicopter and the other is a HU-16-D amphibious aircraft.....However, the primary responsibility of the Naval Station now will be the maintenance of surface craft and submarines....." Contributed by Bill Bryan goodroosterjunior@yahoo.com WebSite: B & D Custom Caps & Tees http://www.vpnavy.org/luckydog.html [WebSite Updated 30DEC2000 | E-Mail Updated 11JAN99 | 23JAN98]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: NAS ThumbnailCameraNAS Jacksonville, FLA "...Circa 1964...In 1961 VP-7 made its final homeport change, from NAS Brunswick, Maine to NAS Jacksonville, Florida. The photo shows the "seawall" area of NAS Jacksonville, Florida, site of VP-7 hangars. In the photo left is roughly north and the water at the top of the pic is the St. Johns River. The seaplane ramps are clearly visible, used until '63 or so by VP-45 and other P5M squadrons (most of which got P3's early in the game). the rightmost hangar belonged to VP-30, the P2 RAG. VP-7 at one time or another occupied the second or third hangar from the right. At one time the second hangar was shared by VP-7 and VW-4, the "Hurricaine Hunters" and their WV Super Connies..." Contributed by WOODRUFF, William H. (Woody) whw00dy@att.net [20FEB2001]


Circa 1963

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation September 1963 "...Orions Based At Bermuda - Page 10 - Naval Aviation News - September 1963..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1963/sep63.pdf [27AUG2004]

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Circa 1962

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCamera "...Commander TG 81.5 cable to task group elements, 25 October 1962, assigning "highest priority" to effort to track C-18, with a patrol squadron VP 45 assigned the task on a "continuing basis. Source: CHF, 21 (A) SS/ASW Contacts (Closed)-1..." WebSite: National Security Archive http://www.gwu.edu/ [27APR2009]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "... History of Coast Guard Aviation - Coming of Age (1957-1975) - 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis..." WebSite: Coast Guard Aviation History http://uscgaviationhistory.aoptero.org/history03.html [26OCT2005]

On Oct. 23, U.S. naval ships took positions on the quarantine line at 25 degrees N and provisions for aerial surveillance flights were put in place. The USS ESSEX with two S2F squadrons was assigned to patrol the zone north of 25 degrees. P5M's of VP-49 and VP-45 were tasked with the zone north and east of 25N,65W. VP-5 based out of NS Roosevelt Roads, PR was tasked with the zone east of the quarantine line and south of 25N.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...I have a video (converted from old 8mm film to VHS) of "Life in BDA and Gitmo Bay, Cuba" in 62 and 63, that includes shots of P5M's here and there - as well as video of flights in Argentia, Newfoundland and Thule, Greenland. If I remember right (it's been a long time since I viewed it), I audio dubbed it in memory to my crew lost in Argentia, Newfoundland - which was Crew 3 when LCdr. R.T.Lemon and I flew with them, but I think was a different crew number when they crashed. Cdr Lemon went on to become a CO of a Moffett squadron...." Contributed by Bill Bryan AWC (Ret) goodroosterjunior@yahoo.com WebSite: B & D Custom Caps & Tees http://www.vpnavy.org/luckydog.html [WebSite Updated 30DEC2000 | E-Mail Updated 11JAN99]


Circa 1961

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...VP-45 Airlifts Bermuda Gifts To Carla Victims - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 19 - NO 26 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 28 SEP 1961..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [16MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-45 History "...Bermuda Outfit Closes Cruise - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 18 - NO 52 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 16 MAR 1961..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [14MAR2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News October 1961 "...CNO Safety Awards Announced - Page 6 - Naval Aviation News - October 1961..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1961/oct61.pdf [20AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News March 1961 "...Switch Over To Land Planes - Page 37 - Naval Aviation News - March 1961..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1961/mar61.pdf [19AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...I was concerned why VP-45 is not listed in the Naval Historical Center's list of participating units in the Cuban Missile Crisis? We were deployed to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1962 and for many weeks flew recon flights finding and photographing Russian ships and subs. But, no mention of VP-45 in the list of units that were involved...Bob Comerford prof.bob1@verizon.net..." [14AUG2003]


Circa 1960

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...(FASRON-111, VP-6, VP-22, VP-28, VP-45 and VP-49) - Naval Aeronautical Organization OPNAV NOTICE 05400 for Fiscal Year 1960 dated 1 February 1960 is: DECLASSIFIED per Office of Chief of Naval Operations on 1 February 1965 by Op-501 - Atlantic Fleet Support Stations..." WebSite: Naval Historical Center http://www.history.navy.mil/a-record/nao53-68/fy1960-feb60.pdf [13MAR2007]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...(VP-5, VP-7, VP-8, VP-10, VP-11, VP-16, VP-18, VP-21, VP-23, VP-24, VP-26, VP-44, VP-45, VP-49 and VP-56) - Naval Aeronautical Organization OPNAV NOTICE 05400 for Fiscal Year 1960 dated 1 February 1960 is: DECLASSIFIED per Office of Chief of Naval Operations on 1 February 1965 by Op-501 - Atlantic Fleet Support Stations..." WebSite: Naval Historical Center http://www.history.navy.mil/a-record/nao53-68/fy1960-feb60.pdf [13MAR2007]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Article "...VP-45 emblem painted on inside of hanger at NAS Bermuda. Circa 1960-1963..." Contributed by Ace nav297@ultrasw.com [02OCT2001]


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