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Circa 1959

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News October 1959 "...Winners Get ASW Awards - Page 30 - Naval Aviation News - October 1959..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1959/oct59.pdf [16AUG2004]

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Circa 1957

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...1957 Cruise Book..." Contributed by ROBERT [N] BELL captbell@tampabay.rr.com [30MAR99]

In the fall of 1945, in a small reserve station at Grosse Ile, Michigan, a new patrol squadron, designated VPB-905, was organized. The reserve pilots who made up this new squadron called themselves the "SUNDAY FLIERS" because of the "SF" markings on their PBM seaplanes.

In 1946, they were redesignated VP-ML-55, and soon thereafter, redesignated VP-731. In 1950, they were called to active duty, to take part in the Korean conflict.

A three month training cycle in San Diego was followed by a six month deployment to the NS Sangley Point, Philippines.

Six months later, the squadron left Sangley Point and returned to the San Diego area to reorganize and retrain.

Now the squadron deploys yearly to Iwakuni, Japan to patrol the waters from Korea to Hong Kong, and further their training in Anti-Submarine Warfare and advanced base operations. It was during this period, in 1953, that the squadron received its present designation of VP-48.

The only Navy Patrol Squadron still retaining the SF markings, but now flying P5M "MARLINS", the present day Sunday Fliers laugh, live and work together as a closely knit team. This book was created to show you the many aspects of life in our squadron; the fun we have, the work we do, the lighter side and even the dreary side of things as they happen in our daily routine..."

OFFICERS 

CDR R.C Payne, USN 
CDR H.A. Haszard, USN 
LTJG R.F. Austin, USNR 
LT E.W. Bassett, USNR 
LTJG D.M. Berg, USNR 
LTJG R.F. Cody, USNR 
LTJG J.G. Collier, USNR 
LTJG M.D. Dalbey, USNR 
LTJG C.R. Delcher, USNR 
LTJG M.E. Dickens, USNR 
CWO/W3 E.W. Fox, USN 
LTJG D.E. Gay, USN 
LTJG D.A. Howells, USN 
LTJG W.G. Huston, USNR 
LT C.W. Jackson, USN 
LTJG J.W. Johnson, USNR 
LTJG W.H. Kilgore, USNR 
LTJG J.C. Marquardt, USN 
LTJG D.M. Matson, USNR 
LT W.W. McCue, USN 
CDR C.A. McGuire, USN 
LTJG T.D. Nations, USN 
LT J.A. Pertel, USN 
LTJG R.R. Read, USN 
LCDR M.A. Saathoff, USN 
LTJG E.G. Salegui, USNR 
CDR E.E. Schnell, USN 
LTJG R.J. Sherman, USNR 
LTJG R.L. Smidt, USN 
LTJG D.P. Smith, USNR 
LT M.D. Snowbarger, USN 
LTJG F.L. Stahl, USNR 
LTJG E.G. Statton, USNR 
LTJG W.A. Stennett, USN 
LT R.T.Thomas, USN 
LT J.J. Thompson, USN 
LTJG W.E. Thudium, USN 
LTJG C.R. Turner, USNR 
LCDR C.M. Vehorn, USN 
LTJG J.E. Von Lorenz, USNR 
LTJG L.K. Von Perbandt, USNR 
LCDR E.P. Walker, USN 
LTJG H.F. Waters, USNR 
LTJG T.G. Weisheit, USNR 
LTJG G.R. Williams, USNR 
LCDR H.F. Williamson, USN 
LTJG G.W. Wilson, USNR 
LT F.T. Woodall, USN 

ENLISTED 

Abshier, J.A., AB2 
Akerman, F.J., ADS 
Alden, John W., AN 
Alien, R.V. AN 
Askew, C., AMC 
Austin, P.O., AEC 
Axsom, J.W. AER3 
Bailey, 1.C., SD1 
Bartkowski, R.J., AE3 BR>Baker, Q.A., AA 
Ball, W.A., AE3 
Barlow, P.A., AT3 
Barnett, D.L., AN 
Barnes, G.A., AN 
Beardsley, L.E., ADC 
Beasley, T.J., AM1 
Bell, R.L., AN 
Bell, R., AA 
Beiber, R.W., SN 
Blue, A.L., AE3 
Blume, T.A., AN 
Boberick, J., AN 
Bourdess, R.L. ADAN 
Breshears, C.D., AN 
Burleson, J.P., AN 
Bryant, C.C., AE1 
Bush, V.E., AM3 
Cannon, J.L., AB2 
Cardea, R.P. AT3 
Carnobas, C.H., AN 
Castenada, R., SD2 
Cervantes, R., AN 
Chepult, N., Jr., ADC 
Chitwood, L.D., JR, AK 
Chouteau, D.G., AO1 
Clark, B.L., SN 
Claytor, N.L., AN 
Clugh, W.C., AD1 
Coleman, W.T., AT1 
Collins, J.D., AEAN 
Conquest A.S., AOC 
Costigan, J.J., A02 
Courneya, C.G., AE3 
Coulliette, R.H., AK3 
Cortez, M.A., JR., AN 
Cox, D.W., AN 
Coy, W.N., AM3 
Craiker, G., PH3 
Creamer, G.U., AT2 
Creamer, W.G. AM1 
Cregmile, G.L., AN 
Crocker, D.J., AD2 
Curry, D.O., AN 
Davis, D.L., AA 
Davis, J.C., AE2 
Denny, D.R., AN 
Denault, L.J., AE2 
Dennis, P.W. 
Derr, W.H., AOTAN 
Destio, R., ADA 
Dick, A.J., AD 
Dillow, R.L., ADI 
Doering, W.E. 
Dollar, J.F., AT3 
Doyle, L., AN 
Ellis, R., AE3 
Estrada, E., AD1 
Everett, R.M., AA 
Falcone, D.J., AMS3 
Farkas, R.D., AEM3 
Farrell, P.D., AE3 
Faulkner, C.E., AEM3 
Faux, R.J., ADRAA 
Ferguson, H.T., AM2 
Ferraro, A.R., AA 
Finley, O.D., AN 
Fischer, A.B., AN 
Fitch, R.L., AT3 
Fletcher, R.L., AD3 
Fresquez, O.C., AN 
Gabbert, L.E., AN 
Getz, J., AN 
Gibson, J.E. AN 
Gideons, H.H., A03 
Gill, J.E., AN 
Girardin, G.R., AE3 
Goetz, J.A., AMC 
Colder, W.B., ATAN 
Goth, K.E, AD1 
Gracey, W.E., CS3 
Grams, T.A., AN 
Greer D.E., AN 
Gryder, K.H., AOT3 
Gutridge, J.R, AA 
Haggerty, L.A., AD3 
Hall L.L., AN 
Hall, T.P., AM1 
Hamilton, R.W., HMI 
Harrison, R. H., AB1 
Hastings, S.A., ATI 
Hayes, C., AA 
Haynes, A.D., AN 
Henrich, H.L., AN 
Hewett, R. D., AT3 
Hindes, F.S., AD3 
Holdeman, D.D., AN 
Holleway, L.A., AMs3 
Holt, D.B., AT2 


Honcharuk, J.P., AOC 
Hoon, K.W., SA 
Horton, J.D., ADC 
Hoskins, D.K., AD2 
House, R.D., AN 
Howard, W.R., AA 
Hudson, B.M., AT2 
Hughes, J.D., AT3 
Huntington, D.J., AN 
Hyde, D.W., ATN3 
Iness, S.E., AN 
James, J.C., AN 
Jaquez, J.L., AT3 
Jefferies, F.E., AD1 
Jensen, D.M., AN 
Jerome, D.K., AT3 
Jones, J.F., AN 
Jones J.M., AA 
Kapitula, T.J., CS2 
Kattau, T., AT2 
Ketterer, F.R., BM1 
King, W.M., AMC 
Klein, E.J., AOC 
Koligaard, R.J., AT3R 
Krueger, C.R., AT3 
Kubart, J.R. 
Kuebel, B.W., SH3 
Kuhne, W.E., ADC 
Larsen, S., AM3 
Larsen, E.F., AE1 
Lasley, F.D., A03 
Leckner, J.E., AMS3 
Lee, R.G., AN 
Lee, R.G., AM3 
Lehman, A.L., AE3 
Lentz, R.M., AA 
Lewis, L.C., AD3 
Linn, J.D., AE3 
Litel, J.G., AT3 
Little, W.D., AT1 
Longstreth, G.T., AMC, 
Longstreth, W.A., AM1 
Luden, R.R., A03 
Lundberg, J. W., ADC 
Lundy, 0.W., AD2 
Lyall, F.B., AMSAN 
Mac Donald, R.W., AT3 
Magee, B.D., AM1 
Magee, G.E., ATC 
Magisa, P.H., AN 
Marchant, B.E., AA 
Marlin, H.R., YN3 
Marshman, H.L., AT3 
Martin, J.H., ATC 
Mazur, W.F., RRS3 
Me Call, L.L., AN 
Me Collum, R.A., CS1 
Me Donald, H.C., AD3 
Me Guire, J.A., AT3 
Me Pike, J.D., AN 
Medvedick, S.P., AD2 
Mello, E.R., ATC 
Merritt, P.D., AN 
Middlebrooks, D.W., SN 
Miller, K.C., AN 
Montaina, A.J., AD2 
Montez, M.S., AN 
Moore, C.W., AN 
Moore, W.E., AT2 
Morris, T.D., AN 
Morris, M.H., PNI 
Murphy, T.D., AOTA 
Myrick, J.E., AMS3 
Nelson, M,R., AEAN 
Nielson, D.R., PR1 
Nikali, J, AD1 
Nodler, H.G., ADC 
Ockert, C.M., AT3 
O'Connor F.R., AMHA 
Osborne, R.O., AD2 
Osgood, C.R., AN 
Parham, J.H., AN 
Parker, G., ADR3 
Patterson, U.G., TN 
Pattin, V.E., AN 
Pena, C., AN 
Persyn, G.L., AD3 
Piekunka, J.F., AD1 
Plumb, M.G., AN 
Pogue, C.F., AMSAN 
Poland, D.A., AM1 
Preston, E.M., AE2 
Prindle, A.R., AT3 
Prudhomme, F.G., SN 
Pyles, H.M., AT2 
Rabaca, D.C., SN 
Rataiczak, A.J., AOAN 
Rayman, R.B., AN 
Reed, H.R., AN 
Reinhardt, R.L., AT1 
Reneau, W.F., AN 
Roberts, R.W. AN 2 
Roberts, R.C., AA 
Robinson, R.T., AM1 
Rohn, H. F., AO1 
Runnels K.K., AD2 
Rust, G.D., AD3 
Saling, F.W. AT3 
Sanders, R.W., AM3 
Santos, R., PHGAN 
Schoenhals, C., AE3 
Schnell, W.F., AD3 
Schuck, G.S., AN 
Scribner, R.W., AM3 
Scroggin, W.L., AT3 
Secrest, J.W., AN 
Senninger, AE2 1403 
Sharp, W.E., AT2 
Shemanski, R. J., AM 
Sirnco, B.B., AN 
Skaggs, H.D., AD2 
Smith, B.J., AE2 
Smith, G.D., AN 
Smith, L.I., AN 
Smith, N.R., AN 
Smith, R.P., AT1 
Spies, N.E., ADC 
Stedman, I.W., SN 
Stellmach, J. D., AT3 
Stidham, G.O., ATN3 
Stoffel, A.P., ADC 
St Jean, R.A., AE3 
Strong, J.R., AN 
Strong, W.R., ADC 
Sullivan, J.R., A02 
Svoboda, J.M., AT3 
Tagaloa, N., AL3 
Thacker, J.O., AN 
Thompson, G.E., AT3 
Timmons, J.W., ATC 
Trahan, M.J., AD3 
Truitt, G.R., ASI 
Turner, M.A., AN 
Ussery, H.R., AGAN 
Van Dyke, A.F., AN 
Vigil, M.M. E., DKSN 
Watkins, B.J., YNTS 
Washington, T., AOU3 
Wheeler, L.H., AN 
Wigmore, L.R., AD3 
Wilkins, K.E., AT3 
Willard, B.A., AA 
Williams, J.G., ATC 
Wilson, R.M., AT3 
Winders, L.E., PNSA 
Winrow, J.C., AN 
Wright, L.A., AN 
Wynn, J., SD3 
Yerchin, F., AD2 
Zajda, E.J., AMHAN 

Contributed by ROBERT [N] BELL captbell@tampabay.rr.com [30MAR99]

Circa 1956

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Aircraft Tender ThumbnailCameraUSS PINE ISLAND "...USS Pine Island (AV-12) hoisting a VP-48 PBM aboard..." Contributed by WINGO, AB3 Jim E. jwingo1025@aol.com [14JAN2006]

This is taken by a Photographers Mate aboard the USS Pine Island (AV-12) 250 miles NW of Hilo, Hawaii in 1956. A flight of P5M from San Diego to the islands had encountered adverse weather and were force down short of Hawaii. The USS Pine Island (AV-12) was at Pearl at the time we received the call and went to sea after an emergency recall of liberty personnel allowed enough hands to be aboard to get underway. I was the coxswain of the number 2 crash boat attempting to hoist the aircraft. I had gone on board to volunteer to connect the hook to the aircraft bridle but the swing of the block made it impossible so I "rode the hook."

My cruise book didn't survive the years and the only remembrance I have of our overseas squadrons were their call signs. Sugarfox and Phonograph squadrons.

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News October 1956 "...Survival In The Far East - Page 22 - Naval Aviation News - October 1956..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1956/oct56.pdf [09AUG2004]

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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 June 1956 "...Warning Comes In Time - Page 38 - Naval Aviation News - June 1956..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1956/jun56.pdf [09AUG2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News May 1956 "...Plane Downed In Pacific - Page 34 - 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 December 1955 "...Safety Awards Presented - Page 29 - Naval Aviation News - December 1955..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1955/dec55.pdf [07AUG2004]

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Circa 1953

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]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-48 History ThumbnailCamera "...VP-48 Inspection Summer 1953 NS Sangley Point, Philippines #1 SF 12 BUNO: 84749..." Contributed by SANDER, CAPTAIN Richard (Dick) E. (Deceased) and forwarded by his Son Jeff Sander jsander@alum.mit.edu [20OCT2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-48 History ThumbnailCamera "...VP-48 Inspection Summer 1953 NS Sangley Point, Philippines #1 SF 12 BUNO: 84749..." Contributed by SANDER, CAPTAIN Richard (Dick) E. (Deceased) and forwarded by his Son Jeff Sander jsander@alum.mit.edu [20OCT2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-48 History ThumbnailCamera "...VP-48 Executive Officer Summer 1953 NS Sangley Point, Philippines #1 SF 12 BUNO: 84749..." Contributed by SANDER, CAPTAIN Richard (Dick) E. (Deceased) and forwarded by his Son Jeff Sander jsander@alum.mit.edu [20OCT2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-48 History ThumbnailCamera "...VP-48 Commanding Officer CDR Frank Vessell Summer 1953 NS Sangley Point, Philippines #1 SF 12 BUNO: 84749..." Contributed by SANDER, CAPTAIN Richard (Dick) E. (Deceased) and forwarded by his Son Jeff Sander jsander@alum.mit.edu [20OCT2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-48 History ThumbnailCamera "...VP-48 Football Game Summer 1953 NS Sangley Point, Philippines #1 SF 12 BUNO: 84749..." Contributed by SANDER, CAPTAIN Richard (Dick) E. (Deceased) and forwarded by his Son Jeff Sander jsander@alum.mit.edu [20OCT2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-48 History ThumbnailCamera "...VP-48 Football Game Summer 1953 NS Sangley Point, Philippines #1 SF 12 BUNO: 84749..." Contributed by SANDER, CAPTAIN Richard (Dick) E. (Deceased) and forwarded by his Son Jeff Sander jsander@alum.mit.edu [20OCT2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-48 History ThumbnailCamera "...VP-48 Officers at Officer Club Summer 1953 NS Sangley Point, Philippines #1 SF 12 BUNO: 84749..." Contributed by SANDER, CAPTAIN Richard (Dick) E. (Deceased) and forwarded by his Son Jeff Sander jsander@alum.mit.edu [20OCT2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-48 History ThumbnailCamera "...VP-48 Sign Summer 1953 NS Sangley Point, Philippines #1 SF 12 BUNO: 84749..." Contributed by SANDER, CAPTAIN Richard (Dick) E. (Deceased) and forwarded by his Son Jeff Sander jsander@alum.mit.edu [20OCT2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-48 History ThumbnailCamera "...VP-48 LTjg Dick Sander Summer 1953 NS Sangley Point, Philippines #1 SF 12 BUNO: 84749..." Contributed by SANDER, CAPTAIN Richard (Dick) E. (Deceased) and forwarded by his Son Jeff Sander jsander@alum.mit.edu [20OCT2003]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: UNIT: VP-48 PREVIOUS DES: VP-MS-8 NAME: Boomerangers TAIL CODE: SF ACTIVATED: 2-4-53 DEACTIVATED: 8-31-91 TYPICAL LOCATION(S): Grosse IIIe
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: vp48logoCameraVP-48 Logo "...Circa 1953..." [20MAY2000]


Circa 1952

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "29MAY52--KOREA--ARRIVED: 29MAY52 DEPARTED: 15MAR53 TAIL CODE: SF AIRCRAFT: PBM-5/5S2" http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/koreaob.htm

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...I went thru operational (PBM) before the end of WWII. My group went to Bikini. I went home to the reserves. I was recalled in 1952 and joined VP-731 at North Island (redesignated VP-48) and spent 10 months with them. The first portion at Sangley Point, Manila Bay, doing ship searches, Task Force coverage, and a little spook work with a group of AJ Savage type aircraft.We also spent time on Seaplane Tenders in the Formosa area and Buckner Bay. Then we spent the last half and Iwakuni Japan doing more of the same and ECM and anti-sub work. After the cease fire we went home and I said goodbye to the USNavy. There is only one PBM left and that is the 5 version at Tuscon Air Museum. We still have reunions every few years and it great fun seeing the waistline and the stories growing in direct portions to age..." Contributed by Thomas Savage savpbm@hutchtel.net


Circa 1950

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...On 29 September, 1950, VP-731 was called to active duty from the Organized Reserve at Grosse Ile, Michigan, and reported for duty to COMNAVAIRPAC at NAS North Island, San Diego, California flying the PBM Mariner aircraft. During the Korean Conflict the squadron was awarded the Korean Presidential Citation and on 23 Feb., 1953, VP-731 was designated VP-48. In June 1954, VP-48 completed transition to the P5M Marlin aircraft. In 1959 and 1960 the squadron was awarded the Captain Arnold J. Isbell Trophy for ASW excellence and COMNAVAIRPAC Battle Effeciency "E". While on deployment in the Gulf of Tonkin crisis in August 1964, VP-48 established an all-time seaplane squadron record by amassing 1585 flight hours during one month of ASW operations with the SEVENTH Fleet. One year late, VP-48 established a six-lane detachment at NS Sangley Point, R.P. and was actively engaged in flying Ocean Surveillance Air Patrol flights over the South China Sea. In Setp. 1966 transition to the P3 Orion began as the homeport was shifted from NAS North Island, San Diego, California to NAS Moffett Field, California. In March, VP-38 was once again chosen to receive the COMNAVAIRPAC Battle Effeciency "E" for the year 1966; in April the squadron was again awarded the Captain Arnold J. Isbell Trophy for 1965-1966. During 1967 and 1968, VP-48 deployed to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, and NAS Adak, Alaska, respectively. The Meritorious Unit Commendation was awarded for the squadron's patrol efforts during the NAS Adak, Alaska deployment. In March 1970, the squadron was awarded the COMNAVAIRPAC Battle Effeciency "E" and deployed the following month to Sangley Point. During the next six months, with a detachment maintained at NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Republic of Vietnam, the squadron flew Market Time flights over the South China Sea. Returning to Moffett Field in October, VP-48 began a seven month turnaround including training, ASW excercises, and administrative and operational inspections. By 1 May 1971, the squadron was on the line again at NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines with a detachment at the Royal Thai Navy Base a Utapao, Thailand, flying Ocean Surveillance Air Patrols as part of the SEVENTH Fleet operations. VP-48 returned from WESTPAC in November 1971 to transition to the new P3C aircraft. On 3 December the squadron was presented the COMNAVAIRPAC Battle Efficiency "E" and the Captain Arnold J. Isbell Tropphy for 1970-1971. The Meritorious Unit Commendation was awarded on that date for the 1970 WESTPAC deployment. In addition to receiving the CNO Maintenance Award and the Royal Air Force Coastal Command Trophy, the squadron has held the COMNAVAIRPAC Quarterly Safety Award five times in the last thirteen years. From June 1972 to January 1973 the squadron participated in the "tri-detachmant" deployment which consisted of detachments at NAS Adak, Alaska; NAS Agana, Guam; and Moffett Field. During this deployment, VP-48 saw every type of tasking known to the P3 community, from subtime to MEDEVACS and Sea-Air Rescue operations. Tll this was accomplished from bases several thousand miles distant, in weather ranging from the arctic ice and cold to the heat and humidity of the tropics. VP-48 returned to Moffett Field in January of 1973 for a year of intensive training and reorganization for the purpose of sharpening their skills and talents for missions at home and on the next "tri-detachmant" deployment which began in January of 1974. The missions for the next six months were as varied as the previous deployment with successful Sea Air Rescue missions, MEDEVACS, and numerous flights on submarines, both on operational and training missions. Following a stand-down period, the squadron began agnew its training to better its skills so as to continue to play its part in the defense of the United States and her allies..." Contributed by Bill Bryan AWC (Ret) goodroosterjunior@yahoo.com [E-Mail Updated 11JAN99]


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