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Circa 1953

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-861 History "...Re-Designation Changes VP-861 To New VP-18 - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 10 - NO 38 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 08 JAN 1953..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [13JAN2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: UNIT: VP-18 PREVIOUS DES: VP-861 NAME: Flying Phantom TAIL CODE: HF/LG ACTIVATED: 2-4-53 DEACTIVATED: 10-10-68 TYPICAL LOCATION(S): NAS Jacksonville, Florida / NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone
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Circa 1952

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-861 History "...CAPTAIN George PRASSINOS served with VP-861 until September 1952. He accepted a regular commission as LT in 1955. In 1962 he was promoted to the rank of CDR. Following duty with VP-31 (03/1962-03/1963) as XO/CO he served with VP-22 (09/1965) as CO..." Official U. S. Navy Documention [25DEC2012]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-861 History "...Scouting Jacksonville Area Squadrons - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 10 - NO 36 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 11 DEC 1952..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [12JAN2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-861 History "...VP-861 To The Rescue - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 10 - NO 32 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 13 NOV 1952..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [12JAN2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-861 History "...Newly Activated Patrol Squadron Joins Air Wing - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 8 - NO 33 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 26 OCT 1952..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [11JAN2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-861 History "...VP-861 Returns From Med Cruise After 4 Months - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 10 - NO 5 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 1 May 1952..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [06JAN2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-861 History "...Scouting Jacksonville Area Squadrons (FASRON-9, FASRON-109, VP-861 and VC-5) - JAX AIR NEWS - VOL 9 - NO 44 - NAS Jacksonville, FL - 14 FEB 1952..." WebSite: University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ [03JAN2011]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...FAETULAN, FAW-3, FAW-5, FAW-11, VP-3, VP-5, VP-7, VP-8, VP-10, VP-11, VP-21, VP-23, VP-24, VP-26, VP-34, VP-44, VP-45, VP-49, VP-661, VP-741 and VP-861) - 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: "...FASRON-102, FASRON-103, FASRON-104, FASRON-795, VP-3, VP-5, VP-21, VP-24, VP-44, VP-49, VP-661, VP-861, ZP-1, ZP-2, ZP-3, ZP-4 and ZX-11) - 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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Circa 1951

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News November 1951 "...VP-861 Tops Totem Pole - Page 27 - Naval Aviation News - November 1951..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1951/nov51.pdf [25JUL2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...The following is a list of some Reserve Squadrons ordered to active duty as of August 13, 1951. The information is in the following order: Station, Squadron, Date Activated, Assignment..." Contributed by Bill Larkins wtl@earthlink.net via KOONTS, AT2 Billy billkoonts@aol.com [11AUG2002]

NAS Minneapolis VP-812 (7-20-50) to FAW-4
NAS Seattle, Washington FASRON-895 (7-20-50) to FAW-4
NAS Seattle, Washington VP-892 (7-20-50) to FAW-4
NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania VP-931 (9-1-50) to FAW-4
NAS Los Alamitos, California VP-772 (9-1-50) to FAW-4
NAS Columbus FASRON-691 (9-1-50) to FASRON-691
NAS Norfolk, Virginia VP-861 (9-15-50) to FAW-11
NAS Squantum, Massachusetts FASRON-915 (9-15-50) to FAW-11
NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C. VP-661 (9-15-50) to FAW-5
NAS Grosse ILE, Michigan VP-731 (9-29-50) to FAW-14
NAS Dallas, Texas FASRON-701 (2-1-51) to FASRON-701
NAS New Orleans, Louisiana FASRON-821 (2-1-51) to FASRON-821
NAS Jacksonville, Florida VP-741 (3-1-51) to FAW-11
NAS Memphis, Tennessee FASRON-795 (3-1-51) to FAW-5
NAS Oakland, California VP-871 (3-1-51) to FAW-4
NAS Olathe, Kansas FASRON-885 (3-1-51) to FAW-4
NAS Seattle, Washington VS-892 (7-20-50) VS-892
NAS Miami VS-801 (2-1-51) VS-801
NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania VS-931 (3-1-51) VS-931
NAS Squantum, Massachusetts VS-913 (4-1-51) VS-913
NAS Oakland, California VS-871 (5-1-51) VS-871
NAS New York, New York VS-831 (6-1-51) VS-831


Circa 1950

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...VP-861 was a reserve squadron stationed NAS Norfolk, Virginia. It was called to active duty in Sept.1950, transitioned at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. It was then was sent to NAS Jacksonville, Florida to become part of Fleet Air Wings, Atlantic Fleet. In Sept.1952 the Squadron was designated VP-18 [VP861 was returned to NARTU, NAS Norfolk, Virginia]. Through out their stays, both squadrons were homeported at NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." Contributed by ED CUNEO ecuneo@tampabay.rr.com [07OCT98]


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