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Circa 1955

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News November 1955 "...Airship To Train Oakland Reservists - Page 27 - Naval Aviation News - November 1955..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1955/nov55.pdf [06AUG2004]

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Circa 1953

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: UNIT: VP-19 PREVIOUS DES: VP-871 NAME: Big Red TAIL CODE: CH/PE ACTIVATED: 2-4-53 DEACTIVATED: 8-31-91 TYPICAL LOCATION(S): NAS Moffett Field, California
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!


Circa 1952

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...FASRON-110, FASRON-112, FASRON-114, FASRON-117, FASRON-118, FASRON-119, FASRON-120, FASRON-885, FASRON-895, VP-1, VP-2, VP-4, VP-6, VP-9, VP-22, VP-28, VP-29, VP-40, VP-42, VP-46, VP-47, VP-731, VP-772, VP-871, VP-892 and VP-931) - 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: "...FAW-1, FAW-2, FAW-4, FAW-6, FAW-14, VP-1, VP-2, VP-4, VP-6, VP-9, VP-22, VP-28, VP-40, VP-42, VP-46, VP-47 and VP-871) - 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: Naval Aviation News December 1952 "...VP Commanding Officers - Page 16 - Naval Aviation News - December 1952..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1952/dec52.pdf [28JUL2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "00MAR52--KOREA--ARRIVED: 00OCT51 DEPARTED: 00MAR52 TAIL CODE: CH AIRCRAFT: P4Y-2/2S" http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/koreaob.htm


Circa 1951-1952

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...These VP-871 photos are from my fathers (LT Stan Walker) Navy service in Korea between Dec 51 and July 52..." WebSite: Walker Communications & Media Services http://www.walker-communications.com/vp871pgf.htm [31MAY2006]
History ThumbnailCameraPhotograph 1 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. BACK ROW L TO R: Bozzuto, Griffith, Gray, Millard, Waldrop and Smith. FRONT ROW L TO R: Reese, McArthur, Westberg, Dains, Walker and Grisham
History ThumbnailCameraPhotograph 1 L to R: Vic Westberg, "Snapper" Glasgow, Stan Walker and Al Zavatero
History ThumbnailCameraPhotograph 1 In transit to Korea from NAS Atsugi, Japan in R4D
History ThumbnailCameraPhotograph 1 Going to Kimpo (21DEC51)
History ThumbnailCameraPhotograph 1 NAS Iwakuni, Japan Tower
History ThumbnailCameraPhotograph 1 LT Stan Walker and CH 6 Kimpo December 1951
History ThumbnailCameraPhotograph 1 BOQ houseboy Park Chan Joung
History ThumbnailCameraPhotograph 1 LT Stan Walker - China coast near Tsing Tao
History ThumbnailCameraPhotograph 1 CH 7 - Kimpo December 1951
History ThumbnailCameraPhotograph 1 CH 6 - NAS Atsugi, Japan February 1952
History ThumbnailCameraPhotograph 1 The Sylvester Bar at the BOQ and Papa-san


Circa 1951

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Aviation News July 1951 "...Active Duty Reserves Gear For Action - Page 31 - Naval Aviation News - July 1951..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1951/jul51.pdf [24JUL2004]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP Hitsory ThumbnailCameraVP-871 History "...Flying the right seat of a P4Y-2, Privateer, with VP-871 somewhere in Korea, Circa 1951 - CAPT Reynolds Beckwith, USN (Ret)..." Association of Naval Aviation "McCampbell's Aces Squadron" http://boatcoach.tripod.com/flightline/id55.html [25MAR2003]

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: "...Minutemen of naval aviation: the naval air reserve in Korea - Naval Aviation News, Sept-Oct, 2001 by Hill Goodspeed..." [28MAR2005]

Patrol squadrons (VP) were among the first from the Naval Air Reserve to deploy overseas. Recalled to active duty on 20 July 1950, VP-892 reported to NAS North Island, San Diego, California the following month, and on 18 December logged its first mission, the first by a reserve squadron during the Korean War. Eventually, seven recalled patrol squadrons served during the conflict, flying PBM-5 Mariners, PB4Y/P4Y-2 Privateers and P2V-2/3 Neptunes. The crews flew a variety of missions, including long-range antisubmarine warfare and reconnaissance flights in the Sea of Japan and along the coasts of China and North Korea. This could get dangerous, as evidenced by the experiences of a VP-731 crew operating over the Yellow Sea off the west coast of Korea. On 31 July 1952, two Chinese MiG-15 jets attacked a squadron PBM-5S2, killing two crewmen and wounding two others. The plane's pilot, Lieutenant E. E. Bartlett, Jr., descended to low altitude, weaving in an effort to avoid further attack, and limped to Paengyong, South Korea, where he made an emergency landing. Two squadrons, VP-772 and VP-871, harkened back to the days of the famous "Black Cat" patrol squadrons by operating at night over Korea, dropping flares to support night interdiction and close air support missions by Marine Corps aircraft.

While patrol aircraft were the first elements of the Naval Air Reserve to see service in Korea, the weekend warriors flying fighter and attack aircraft made a sizable contribution as well. Of the 24 deployments by fleet carriers during the Korean War, nearly one-third of them had at least one reserve squadron operating from the flight deck.

VP CrewCREWs: VP-871 Squadron ThumbnailCameraVP-871 Reserve Squadron "...U. S. Naval Reserve Squadron - VP-871 - ATD NAS Oakland, California - 04 September 1950..." Contributed by AO2 John A. Smith street_10505@wbhsi.net [01MAY99]


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