MISHAPs: 22 APR 51 A/C: PBM-5 Location: JA, IWAKUNI Strike: Yes BUNO: 84663 CAUSE: LONG NITE LNDG Contributed by Terry firstname.lastname@example.org [25MAR98]
MISHAPs: 00 MAR 51 A/C: PBM-5 Location: JA, IWAKUNI Strike: Yes BUNO: 59299 CAUSE: Story is that the boat dragged her mooring in a storm and wound up on a jetty--despite having personnel on board who could have started engines to relieve the strain. Because no officers were aboard, permission was denied. Contributed by Seth Mogk (Dad's Photos) email@example.com [22AUG98]
MISHAPs: 07 AUG 52 A/C: PBM-5S Location: Luzon Mariveies Mountains Strike: Yes BUNO: 84774 Killed: 13 Cause: Weather related. Lost crew: LT R.F. Bahlman, LT T.L. Rhodes, ENS L.M. Moore, AD1 C. Chauncy, AL1 J.S. Dedmon, AO2 T.T. Simmons, AF2 D.E. Spence, AD3 W.E. Bailey, AT3 F.B. Nance, AT3 W.F. O'Hare, AL3 J.A. Smith, AN E.J. Cimburek and AN S.P. Krasnesky.
"...Looking for information on AL3 Forrest B Nance. He was lost on August 7th, 1952 while serving with VP-892. His PBM-5S crashed into the Luzon Mariveles Mountains during bad weather..." Contributed by Shawn J. Nance firstname.lastname@example.org [05SEP2010]
"...At our recent Mariner/Marlin Association Reunion, one of our Shipmates had a scrapbook with crew lists of the two VP-892 Crashes in 1952. I see VPI has the 7 August 1952 crash listed (BUNO 84774), but I repeat it for Terry Geary's wonderful "VP Mishaps list..." Contributed by Richard A. Hoffman, Captain, USN (Ret) email@example.com [E-Mail Updated 03JAN2001 | 25MAR98]
7 August 1952--PBM-5S BUNO 84774,squadron no. SE-7, crashed into Luzon's Mariveles Mountains with the loss of all hands. SE-7 had departed NS Sangley Point, Philippines on a patrol in extremely bad weather. Reported losing one engine and was attempting to return to base on single engine.
Crew: LT Thomas Leslie Rhodes Jr., PPC, LTJG Robert Fred Bahlman, ENS Lee Marvin Moore, AD1 Charles Chauncey, AD3 William E. Bailey, AL1 John Stanley Dedman, AL3 Forrest B. Nance, AL3 William F. O'Hare, AL3 James Alfred Smith Jr., AO2 Tommy T Simmons, AN Edward Joseph Gimburek, AN Sidney Paul Krasnesky, Aviation Photographer's Mate Donald Elwin Spence.
MISHAPs: 08 AUG 52 A/C: PBM-5S Location: NAS Iwakuni, Japan Strike: Yes BUNO: Unknown Killed: 14 Cause: SE-2, crashed into a mountain in Japan. SE-2 was on temporary assignment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan from NS Sangley Point, Philippines to participate in an exercise. The accident was at night but no specific reason for the accident was known. Crew: LT Howard L. "Sam" Cornish (PPC), LT(jg) Steven Arthur Dobbins, LT(jg) Donald E. Richardson, ENS Wayne Grogan, LT Ebbie Wells (Squadron Maintenance Officer), ADC Lee Ladd, AD2 George J. Brambinck, AD3 John Edward Meriwether, AL2 William Morrison Grayson, AL3 Joseph Arnold Hall Jr., AO 3 Davis Mawney, AN Roscoe Bence, AN L. Lowell and AN George A., Murray Jr.
Newspaper Article "...I found this article in "The Sankei Shimbun & SANKEI DIGITAL" about the mishap. I have converted the text..." Contributed by Donny Chan firstname.lastname@example.org [15APR2016]
Attendence included Terada Teruo (88) and Katherine [?] Richardson-McMaken (64).
Terada was a fire-fighter who rushed to the crash site. Bodies were recovered, wrapped in parachutes, and later covered by flowers. After the crash, locals built a gravestone, but it was overgrown. Terada's father, a miner, before his death, wanted to collect fund, and build a monument. After more than 50 donors, stone monument built in 2009.
Katherine's father was co-pilot Donald Richardson. She was four months old, and did not remember meeting her father. Two years ago, from Internet, she learnt about monument. This year, she came to Japan for first time.
120805-N-MU720-131 OZU, Japan (Aug. 5, 2012) "...Members of the local community place flowers during a memorial service commemorating the lives of 14 U.S. Navy PBM-5 Mariner crewmembers, from VP-892, who died in a plan crash on Aug. 8, 1952. The U.S. Seaplane VP-892 Memorial Monument Preservation Group, a Japanese organization, conducted the ceremony and established a monument in honor of the crewmembers. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devon Dow/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [07AUG2012]
120805-N-MU720-120 OZU, Japan (Aug. 5, 2012) "...Rear Adm. Dan Cloyd, commander of Naval Forces Japan, places flowers during a memorial service commemorating the lives of 14 U.S. Navy PBM-5 Mariner crewmembers, from VP-892, who died in a plan crash on Aug. 8, 1952. The U.S. Seaplane VP-892 Memorial Monument Preservation Group, a Japanese organization, conducted the ceremony and established a monument in honor of the crewmembers. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devon Dow/Released)..." WebSite: NavyNews http://www.navy.mil/ [07AUG2012]
"......"According to "The Fighting Flying Boat: A History of the Martin PBM Mariner," by Richard A Hoffman, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, 2004, VP-892 aircraft SE-2, which took off from Iwakuni on 8 Aug 1952 and crashed into a mountain in Shikoku had a BuNo of 87842 (pg. 97, pg. 226). The book also states: "It was vectored into a mountain by radar ground control. Investigation revealed that a U.S. Air Force ground controller, unfamiliar with the extermely slow climb performance of a loaded Mariner, had assumed SE-2 had reached an altitude to clear the hills."
Japanese local people built a memorial (their own initiative/cost) at the site of a VP-892 PBM-5 crash, in rural Shikoku Island. The 60th anniversary of the event is this summer and, local people are hoping USN reps can attend a memorial service to be held on 05 AUG. Currently, RADM Dan Cloyd, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Japan and RDML Matthew Carter, Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force/Commander Fleet Air Force are planning to attend the ceremony and RADM Cloyd will deliver brief remarks.
A Japanese language website shows pictures of the monument. http://www.justmystage.com/home/sakaisekizai/ireihi.html..." Contributed by Jon Nylander email@example.com [13JUN2012]
"VP-892 Summary Page"