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Circa 1945

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...History of FAW-15 - History from 01DEC1942-28JUL45 - Submitted April 22nd, 1945. Squadron's Assigned: VP-73, VP-92 and ZP-14..." Official U. S. Navy Records (National Archives and Records Administration) via Fold3 http://www.fold3.com/ [06DEC2012]

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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...My log book as of February 1945, (when I left the squadron in NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island)..." Contributed by Bob Moran rmoran1@roadrunner.com [01JAN2001]

  • P-21 BUNO: 7268
  • P-11 BUNO: 2461 Major damage by U-Boat 6July43. All rc'd DFC's, 5 Purple Hearts. 1 Postm.
  • P-30 BUNO: 7253
  • P-27 BUNO: 5032
  • P-25 BUNO: 7256 Replaced by BUNO: 34008
  • P2 BUNO: 7265 Lost 23NOV43 bombing practice
  • P-23 BUNO: 7263
  • P-24 BUNO: 08105
  • P-26 BUNO: 7295
  • P-33 BUNO: 08048
  • P-29 BUNO: 04399
  • P-32 BUNO: 7245
  • P-7 BUNO: 7254 Replacements or added Nov/43-May/45
  • P-1 BUNO: 34054
  • P2 BUNO: 34010 Replaced BUNO: 7265
  • P-3 BUNO: 48294
  • P-4 BUNO: 48258 Lost stb engine. Flew 300 mi. Lt. Hechler made water landing off coast of Aruba. 12OCT44. Just another one of my VPB-92 experiences.
  • P-5 BUNO: 34008 Replaced BUNO: 7256
  • P-6 BUNO: 34012
  • P-7 BUNO: 48255
  • P-8 BUNO: 48314
  • P-9 BUNO: 48371
  • P-10 BUNO: 48257
  • P-11 BUNO: 48251 Replaced BUNO: 2461
  • P-15 BUNO: 49370
  • P-23 BUNO: 48312
  • P-14 BUNO: 46453

    Circa 1944

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...History of FAW-11 - History from 00AUG42-00DEC44 - Submitted December 19th, 1944. Squadron's Assigned: VP-31, VP-32, VP-53, VP-74, VP-81, VP-83, VP-92, VP-94, VP-98, VP-99, VP-130, VP-131, VP-133, VP-141, VP-147, VP-204, VP-205, VP-212, VP-213, VP-214 and VP-215..." Official U. S. Navy Records (National Archives and Records Administration) via Fold3 http://www.fold3.com/ [04DEC2012]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-92 News Article "...I have been trying to confirm a fact that my Dad mentioned in that CloudBusters newsletter. He states that as a result of their sinking the French Submarine on 13 Nov 1942 He and crew received the Navy Combat AirCrewman Wings with one star. I have not been able to confirm that and would like any info anyone might share..." Contributed by Rick Eagan edugeek48@live.com [09AUG2012]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Location of U. S. Naval Aircraft - Dated 11 Jan 1944..." WebSite: Naval Historical Center http://www.history.navy.mil/ [29SEP2006]

    VP SQUADRONS MENTIONED

    VD-1, VD-2, VD-3 and VD-4

    VJ-1, VJ-2, VJ-3, VJ-4, VJ-5, VJ-7, VJ-8, VJ-9, VJ-10, VJ-11, VJ-12, VJ-13, VJ-14, VJ-15, and VJ-16

    VP-6 Coast Guard

    VP-11, VP-12, VP-13, VP-14, VP-15, VP-16, VP-17, VP-18 and VP-19

    VP-20, VP-23 and VP-24

    VP-32, VP-33 and VP-34

    VP-43, VP-44 and VP-45

    VP-52 and VP-54

    VP-61 and VP-62

    VP-71, VP-72, VP-73 and VP-74

    VP-81 and VP-84

    VP-91, VP-92 and VP-94

    VP-101, VP-102, VP-103, VP-104, VP-105, VP-106, VP-107, VP-108 and VP-109

    VP-110, VP-111, VP-112, VP-113, VP-115, VP-116 and VP-117

    VP-126, VP-127, VP-128 and VP-129

    VP-130, VP-131, VP-132, VP-133, VP-134, VP-135, VP-136, VP-137, VP-138 and VP-139

    VP-140, VP-141, VP-142, VP-143, VP-144, VP-145, VP-146, VP-147, VP-148 and VP-149

    VP-150 and VP-151

    VP-201, VP-203, VP-204, VP-205, VP-208 and VP-209

    VP-210, VP-211, VP-212, VP-213, VP-214, VP-215 and VP-216


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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: PBY ThumbnailCameraVPB-92 History "...Circa 9/44 P-8 Curaca..." Contributed by BOB MORAN rmoran1@roadrunner.com [24JUL2001]


    Circa 1943

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Full Text Citations For Award of The Navy Cross - To U.S. Navy Personnel - World War II - (2,889 Awards) - Navy Cross Citations U.S. Navy - World War II..." WebSite: Home of Heros http://www.homeofheroes.com/ valor/ 1_Citations/ 03_wwii-nc/ nc_06wwii_navyL.html [22NOV2007]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Report of Antisubmarine Action By Aircraft. Report No. 25. 15 July 1943 - VP-92 - NAAF Agadir, French Morocco - 92-P-6 - FAW-15..." WebSite: U-Boat Archive http://uboatarchive.net/U-135VP-92ASW-6.htm [12MAY2007]

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    NARRATIVE: (ASW-6 #25)

    A/C was flying at 115 knots true airspeed down track in search of C/V at altitude of 700 feet when radar contact was made at seven mile range, bearing 315 degrees. A/C increased speed and headed directly for contact. At approximately five miles range a group of three corvettes was observed. Next it was observed that the corvettes were circling and firing upon a surfaced U/B. U/B was returning fire and making evasive turn to starboard. Due to gun fire it was necessary for A/C to make short steep approach, diving at approximately 30 degrees. As A/C approached, Lt.(jg) Dinkins fired approximately 45 rounds from bow 30 caliber and crew of after deck gun jumped overboard. Hits from this gun were observed about deck and C/T. Four D/C were released at 60 feet altitude 200 to 300 yards from U/B at true airspeed of 155 knots. A/C passed over port quarter of U/B approximately midway between C/T and stern as U/B circled to starboard. Splash of D/C was not observed. Four D/C explosions were observed on the port side of the U/B between C/T and bow. The last explosion seemed to have been approximately 50 feet from hull of U/B and after the geyser had subsided, waves fro nearest explosion were observed breaking over deck of U/B. Other explosions were observed further from U/B spaced approximately 30 to 40 feet on A/C track. A/C made climbing turn to port. Three of crew were observed to come out of C/T hatch. They attempted to man stern deck gun and were washed overboard by wave. A/C made second run along side of U/B approximately 500 feet distant, 150 foot altitude, in order to give port waist gunner opportunity to strafe deck. 25 to 30 rounds were fired from port 50 caliber and hits were observed about C/T. Three of crew jumped into the sea from hatch of C/T and one was observed hit by this fire. A/C made thrird run directly over U/B C/T at altitude of 150 feet. 45 rounds were fired from bow 30 caliber and hits were observed about C/T and in C/T hatch. As a result of straffing attacks, decks of U/B were kept clear and U/B crew were prevented from manning deck guns. Corvette came in and rammed U/B causing it to roll completely over. It sank immediately, stern first at 1305. One of escort corvettes was observed picking up survivors. A/C investigated torpedoed and burning M/V 3 to 4 miles distant, bearing 230 degrees but could be of no assistance. A/C then proceeded to cover C/V until relieved.

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Location of U. S. Naval Aircraft - Dated 31 May 1943..." WebSite: Naval Historical Center http://www.history.navy.mil/ [02OCT2006]

    VP SQUADRONS MENTIONED

    CASU

    PATSU

    VD-1, VD-2 and VD-3

    VJ-1, VJ-2, VJ-3, VJ-4, VJ-5, VJ-7 and VJ-10

    VP-1

    VP-11, VP-12, VP-13, VP-14 and VP-15

    VP-23

    VP-32, VP-33 and VP-34

    VP-43, VP-44 and VP-45

    VP-52, VP-53 and VP-54

    VP-61, VP-62 and VP-63

    VP-71, VP-72, VP-73 and VP-74

    VP-81 and VP-84

    VP-91, VP-92 and VP-94

    VP-101, VP-102, VP-103, VP-104, VP-105, VP-106, VP-107, VP-108 and VP-109

    VP-125, VP-126, VP-127 and VP-128

    VP-130, VP-131, VP-132, VP-133, VP-134, VP-135, VP-136, VP-137, VP-138 and VP-139

    VP-140, VP-142, VP-144 and VP-146

    VP-201, VP-202, VP-203, VP-204, VP-205, VP-206, VP-207, VP-208 and VP-209

    VP-210, VP-211 and VP-212

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Location of U. S. Naval Aircraft - Dated 16 Jan 1943..." WebSite: Naval Historical Center http://www.history.navy.mil/ [01OCT2006]

    VP SQUADRONS MENTIONED

    CASU and PATSU

    VJ-1, VJ-2, VJ-3, VJ-4, VJ-5, VJ-6, VJ-7 and VJ-8

    VP-6 Coast Guard

    VP-3

    VP-11 and VP-12

    VP-23 and VP-24

    VP-31, VP-32, VP-33 and VP-34

    VP-41, VP-42, VP-43 and VP-44

    VP-51, VP-52, VP-53 and VP-54

    VP-61, VP-62 and VP-63

    VP-71, VP-72, VP-73 and VP-74

    VP-81, VP-82, VP-83 and VP-84

    VP-91, VP-92VP-93, and VP-94

    VP-101, VP-102, VP-103, VP-104, VP-105, VP-106, VP-107, VP-108 and VP-109

    VP-110

    VP-127, VP-128 and VP-129

    VP-131, VP-132, VP-133 and VP-134

    VP-200, VP-201, VP-202, VP-203, VP-204, VP-205, VP-206, VP-207, VP-208 and VP-209

    VP-210, VP-211, VP-210, and VP-216


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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Location of U. S. Naval Aircraft - Dated 09 Nov 1943..." WebSite: Naval Historical Center http://www.history.navy.mil/ [01OCT2006]

    VP SQUADRONS MENTIONED

    CASU and PATSU

    VD-1, VD-2, VD-3 and VD-4

    VJ-1, VJ-2, VJ-3, VJ-4, VJ-5, VJ-15, and VJ-16

    VP-6 Coast Guard

    VP-1

    VP-11, VP-12, VP-13, VP-14, VP-15 and VP-16

    VP-23 and VP-24

    VP-32, VP-33 and VP-34

    VP-43, VP-44 and VP-45

    VP-52, VP-53 and VP-54

    VP-61, VP-62 and VP-63

    VP-71, VP-72, VP-73 and VP-74

    VP-81 and VP-84

    VP-91, VP-92 and VP-94

    VP-101, VP-102, VP-103, VP-104, VP-105, VP-106, VP-107, VP-108 and VP-109

    VP-110, VP-111, VP-112, VP-113, VP-114, VP-115 and VP-116

    VP-125, VP-126, VP-127, VP-128 and VP-129

    VP-130, VP-131, VP-132, VP-133, VP-134, VP-135, VP-136, VP-137, VP-138 and VP-139

    VP-140, VP-141, VP-142, VP-143, VP-144, VP-145, VP-146, VP-147, VP-148 and VP-149

    VP-150

    VP-201, VP-202, VP-203, VP-204, VP-205, VP-206, VP-207, VP-208 and VP-209

    VP-210, VP-211, VP-212, VP-213, VP-214, VP-215 and VP-216


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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Location of U. S. Naval Aircraft - Dated 09 Feb 1943..." WebSite: Naval Historical Center http://www.history.navy.mil/ [28SEP2006]

    VP SQUADRONS MENTIONED

    VJ-1, VJ-2, VJ-3, VJ-7 and VJ-8

    VP-11, VP-12, VP-13 and VP-14

    VP-23 and VP-24

    VP-31, VP-32, VP-33 and VP-34

    VP-41, VP-42, VP-43 and VP-44

    VP-61, VP-62, and VP-63

    VP-71, VP-72, VP-73 and VP-74

    VP-81, VP-82, VP-83 and VP-84

    VP-91, VP-92, VP-93 and VP-94

    VP-101

    VP-127, VP-128 and VP-129

    VP-130, VP-132, VP-133 and VP-134

    VP-201, VP-202, VP-203, VP-205, VP-206, VP-207, VP-208 and VP-209,

    VP-210, VP-211 and VP-212
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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History "... NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco 2/43 Home of VPB-92..." Contributed by MORAN, Bob rmoran1@roadrunner.com [28NOV2001]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: APPENDIX 3 Submarines Sunk by Patrol Squadrons During World War II - Naval Historical Center http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/dictvol2.htm [04MAY2001]

    U-135, 15 July 1943 (shared)
    Type: VIIC Laid Down: 16 September 1940, Vegesacker-Werft, Vegesack-Bremen
    Commissioned: 16 August 1941, Oblt. Friedrich-Hermann Praetorius
    Commander: August 1941 November 1942, Kptlt. Friedrich-Hermann Praetorius; November 1942 June 1943, Oblt. Heinz Schütt; June 1943 July 1943, Oblt. Otto Luther
    Career: Assigned: August 1941 December 1941, 5th Flotilla (Kiel); December 1941 July 1943, 7th Flotilla (St. Nazaire)
    Successes: Three ships sunk for a total of 21,302 tons, 1 ship of 4,762 tons damaged
    Fate: Sunk 15 July 1943, in the Atlantic, in position 28°20'N, 13°17'W by a VP-92 PBY-5A Catalina piloted by Lieutenant R. J. Finnie, and British destroyers HMS Rochester, Mignonette and Balsam. 5 dead, 41 survivors.

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "15JUL43--n 15 July 1943, Lt(jg) R.J. Finnie, in PBY-5A 92-P-?, BuNo. ????, of VP-92 operating from Port Lyautey, French Morocco, received word of a radar contact in the vicinity of convoy OS-51 passing through the narrow waters between Morocco and the Canary Islands. Homing in on the contact, a fully surfaced u-boat was sighted exchanging fire with two British corvettes, HMS Mignonette and HMS Balsam, and the sloop HMS Rochester, of the convoy's escort group, whose depth carges had forced U-135 to the surface. After cleaning up the aft deck gun with the PBY's bow-mounted .30-caliber "peashooter", Lt. Finnie dropped four depth charges whose explosions hurled the men attempting to man the boat's bow gun overboard. At this point HMS Balsam came up fast and rammed the boat, causing it to roll over and sink in position 2820N 1317W (about 115 NM east of Las Plamas, Canary Islands)..." Contributed by Ragnar J. Ragnarsson ragsie@centrum.is [08JAN2000]


    Circa 1942-1945

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Patrol Squadron NINETY-TWO (VP-92) - U. S. Action with Enemy on 21AUG42..." Official U. S. Navy Documention [03FEB2013]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...History of FAW-5 - History of Headquarters Squadron Fleet Air Wing Five - 01SEP42 through 01JAN45. Squadron's Assigned: VP-15, VP-16, VP-17, VP-18, VP-21, VP-22, VP-25, VP-26, VP-27, VP-28, VP-31, VP-52, VP-63, VP-81, VP-92, VP-94, VPB-105, VPB-107, VPB-110, VPB-111, VPB-112, VPB-113, VPB-114, VPB-126, VPB-134, VPB-147, VPB-149, VP-201, VP-205, VP-208, VP-209, VP-210, VP-211, VP-212, VP-213, VP-214, VP-215 and VP-216 - Submitted Feburary 1, 1945..." Official U. S. Navy Records (National Archives and Records Administration) via Fold3 http://www.fold3.com/ [27NOV2012]

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    Circa 1942

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Patrol Squadron NINETY-TWO (VP-92) - U. S. Action with Enemy on 14JUL42..." Official U. S. Navy Documention [03FEB2013]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Patrol Squadron NINETY-TWO (VP-92) - U. S. Action with Enemy on 02JUN42..." Official U. S. Navy Documention [03FEB2013]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Patrol Squadron NINETY-TWO (VP-92) - U. S. Action with Enemy on 29MAY42..." Official U. S. Navy Documention [03FEB2013]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Patrol Squadron NINETY-TWO (VP-92) - U. S. Action with Enemy on 27MAY42..." Official U. S. Navy Documention [03FEB2013]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...14NOV42--Patrol Squadron 73 arrived at Port Lyautey from Iceland via Bally Kelly, Ireland, and Lyncham, England. Supported by the Seaplane Tender Barnegat, the squadron began antisubmarine operations from French Morocco over the western Mediterranean, the Strait of Gibraltar, and its approaches. Patrol Squadron 92 also arrived at Port Lyautey on the same day via Cuba, Brazil, Ascension Island, and West Africa..." http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/avchr5.htm [05MAR2000]

    UPDATE "...I was ordered to NAS Norfolk, Virginia and VP-92 in May 1945. Two PBY-5A's had flown to NAS Norfolk, Virginia from NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco for an exchange with two almost brand new PBY-5As that had flown in from the West Coast. Our orders were to ferry the replacement planes back to NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco via NAS Miami, Florida; NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; NAAF Atkinson Field, Essequibo, British Guiana; NAF Natal, Brazil; Ascension Island; Monrovia, Liberia; and up the East Coast of Africa to NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco..." Contributed by MAYERS, LCDR Jean jeanmayers@aol.com [03JUL2007]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Op-40-A-KB - (SC)A6-4/VZ - January 6, 1942 - Location of U. S. Naval Aircraft..." WebSite: Naval Historical Center http://www.history.navy.mil/ [23SEP2006]

    VP SQUADRONS MENTIONED

    VP-11, VP-12 and VP-14

    VP-23 and VP-24

    VP-31, VP-32, VP-33 and VP-34

    VP-41, VP-42, VP-43 and VP-44

    VP-51, VP-52, VP-53 and VP-54

    VP-61, VP-62, VP-63

    VP-71, VP-72, VP-73 and VP-74

    VP-81 and VP-83

    VP-91, VP-92 and VP-94

    VP-101

    VP-201, VP-202, VP-203, VP-204, VP-205, VP-206, VP-207, VP-208, VP-209, VP-210, VP-211 and VP-212


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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Patrol Wings - Rear Admiral A. D. Bernhard - August 1942..." Contributed by John Lucas JohnLucas@netzero.com [28DEC2005]

    PATROL WINGCOMMANDING OFFICER
    CPW-3CDR G. L. Compo
    CPW-5CDR G. R. Owen
    CPW-7CDR F. L. Baker
    CPW-9CDR O. A. Weller
    CPW-11CDR S. J. Michael
    SQUADRON
    TENDER
    COMMANDING OFFICER
    VP-31LCDR A. Smith
    VP-32LCDR B. C. McCaffree
    VP-33LCDR H. D. Hale
    VP-34LCDR R. S. Calderhead
    VP-52LCDR F. M. Hammitt
    VP-53LCDR F. M. Nichols
    VP-73LCDR J. E. Leeper
    VP-74LCDR W. A. Thorn
    VP-81LCDR T. B. Haley
    VP-82LCDR J. D. Greer
    VP-83LCDR R. S. Clarke
    VP-84LCDR J. J. Underhill
    VP-92LCDR C. M. Heberton
    VP-93LCDR C. W. Harman
    VP-94LCDR D. W. Shafer
    TENDERCOMMANDING OFFICER
    USS Albemarle (AV-5) 
    USS Pocomoke (AV-9) 
    USS Chandeleur (AV-10) 
    USS Clemson (AVP-17) 
    USS Goldsborough (AVP-18) 
    USS Lapwing (AVP-1) 
    USS Sandpiper (AVP-9) 
    USS Barnegat (AVP-10) 
    USS Biscayne (AVP-11) 
    USS Humboldt (AVP-21) 
    USS Matagorda (AVP-22) 
    USS Rockaway (AVP-29) 
    USS San Pablo (AVP-30) 
    USS Unimak (AVP-31) 

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...28AUG42 - PBY (VP-92) and Canadian corvette HMCS Oakville sink German submarine U-94 at 17°54'N, 74°36'W. Destroyer Lea (DD-118) and Oakville pick up survivors..." HyperWar WebSite: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/USN-Chron/USN-Chron-1942.html [16SEP2005]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...28AUG42--German submarine (U-94) sunk by naval land-based aircraft (VP-92) and HMCS Oakville. Caribbean area, 17 d. 40' N., 74 d. 30' W...." http://www.pagesz.net/~jbdavis/navy_42.txt

    UPDATE "...It was a Catalina flying boat from US Navy Patrol Squadron 92 based at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Pilot Lieutenant Gordon R. Fiss, USN, had sighted U-94 in the moonlight at 0258Z and dropped four 650-pound depth bombs on its swirl. The explosions shook the U-boat when it was between 10 and 20 metres beneath the surface. Unknown to the German crew the bow hydroplanes had been damaged, forcing the sub back to the surface. Fiss circled back to drop a flare over the U-boat's position..." http://members.rogers.com/robber/summer1942.html [09JUL2003]

    UPDATE APPENDIX 3 Submarines Sunk by Patrol Squadrons During World War II - Naval Historical Center http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/dictvol2.htm [04MAY2001]

    U-94 27 August 1942 (shared)
    Type: VIIC Laid Down: 9 September 1939, Germaniawerft, Kiel
    Commissioned: 10 August 1940, Kptlt. Herbert Kuppisch (Knights Cross)
    Commander: August 1940 August 1941, Kptlt. Herbert Kuppisch; August 1941 August 1942, Oblt. Otto Ites (Knights Cross)
    Career: 10 patrols, assigned: August 1940 October 1940, 7th Flotilla (Kiel) training; November 1940 August 1942, 7th Flotilla (St. Nazaire)
    Successes: 26 ships sunk for a total of 138,467 tons; two ships damaged for a total of 12,480 tons
    Fate: Sunk on 27 August 1942, in Caribbean waters, in position 17°40'N, 74°30'W by depth charges from a VP-92 PBY-5A Catalina piloted by Lieutenant G. R. Fiss, and ramming by the Canadian corvette HMCS Oakville. 19 dead, 26 survivors.

    UPDATE"...On 28 August 1942, LT G.R. Fiss, in a Cuban-based PBY-5A of VP-92 attacked U-94 in position 1740N 7430W (abt. 130 NM east of Kingston, Jamaica) with 4x650 lb. depth charges. Although the boat crash-dived upon being sighted, she was blown to the surface by the PBY's attack, after which she was attacked and rammed three times by the Canadian corvette HMCS Oakville before she sank. The boat was lost with 19 hands, 26 of her crew being rescued and taken prisoners. U-94 had an impressive war record with 25 ships (137.395 GRT) sunk and 2 (12.480 GRT) damaged to her credit. Can anybody provide the BuNo and / or side no. for this plane?..." Contributed by Ragnar J. Ragnarsson ragsie@centrum.is [18OCT99]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: APPENDIX 3 Submarines Sunk by Patrol Squadrons During World War II - Naval Historical Center http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/dictvol2.htm [04MAY2001]

    Le Conquerant, 13 November 1942
    Type: 1 st class, Redoubtable series Laid Down: 16August 1930, A. C. Loire
    Commissioned: 7 September 1935
    Commander: CDR Delort-Laval, 4 Aug 1941 22 Sep 1942; LCDR Lefevre, 22 Sep 13 Nov 1942.
    Career: Reactivated April 1941. Patrols in Tropical Atlantic from Dakar, returning to Casablanca in 1942.
    Successes: None

    Fate: Sunk on 13 November 1942, approximately 700 miles southwest of Casablanca, F. M., by a VP-92 PBY-5A Catalina flown by Lieutenant H. S. Blake. The submarine was spotted on the surface by two squadron aircraft, 92-P-5 and 92-P-4. Both aircraft circled the submarine and attempts were made to establish the identity of the vessel. No personnel were on deck and there was no response to signals from the aircraft. Lieutenant Blake, flying 92-P-4, made a bombing run and dropped his depth charges perfectly straddling the submarine. His attack was followed by the second squadron plane, 92-P-5. Crewmen on both aircraft reported the conning tower was blown off and the submarine sank immediately. No survivors were sighted.

    UPDATE History ThumbnailCameraVP-92 History "...I have been exchanging emails with one of Dad's (EAGAN, CDR B. R.) former Shipmates. He knew my dad in VP-92. He was in the 2nd PBY that was involved with the sinking of that submarine.Ray had sent me the Flight Crew list. I quess my dad is listed with Plane #5 - Egan, O.R.? He had also sent me the Cloudbuster article. 13 Nov 1942: Two squadron aircraft caught a submarine on the surface 700 miles off Casablanca that refused to answer recognition signals. Lieutenant H. S. Blake made a run on the submarine and blew off the conning tower, sinking the sub immediately with no survivors sighted. Postwar records indicate that the submarine in question was the Le Conquerant. The Le Conquerant was a 1,570-ton Vichy French Submarine - 13 November 1942 - Type: 1st class - Redoubtable series Laid Down: 16 August 1930 - A. C. LoireCommissioned: 7 September 1935 - Commander: CDR Delort-Laval - 4 Aug 1941–22Sep 1942 - LCDR Lefevre - 22 Sep–13 Nov 1942 - Career: Re-activated April 1941. Patrols in Tropical Atlantic from Dakar, returning to Casablanca in 1942. Successes: NoneFate: Sunk on 13 November 1942, approximately 700 miles southwest of Casablanca, F. M., by a VP-92 PBY-5A Catalina flown by Lieutenant H. S. Blake. The submarine was spotted on the surface by two squadron aircraft, 92-P-5 and 92-P-4. Both aircraft circled the submarine and attempts were made to establish the identity of the vessel. No personnel were on deck and there was no response to signals from the aircraft. Lieutenant Blake, flying 92-P-4, made a bombing run and dropped his depth charges perfectly straddling the submarine. His attack was followed by the second squadron plane, 92-P-5. Crewmen on both aircraft reported the conning tower was blown off and the submarine sank immediately. No survivors were sighted..." Contributed by Rick Eagan edugeek48@live.com [11JUN2011]


    Circa 1941-1945

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...History of FAW-9 - History from 00MAY41-00JAN45 Submitted June 19th, 1945. Squadron's Assigned: VP-31, VP-52, VP-81, VP-82, VP-91, VP-92, VP-93, VP-94, VP-128..." Official U. S. Navy Records (National Archives and Records Administration) via Fold3 http://www.fold3.com/ [02DEC2012]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Naval Historical Center, Department Of The Navy, Washington, D. C http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/dictvol2.htm [28APR2001]
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    Circa 1941-1944

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...History of FAW-8 - History from 08JUL41-31DEC44 Submitted April 12th, 1945. Squadron's Assigned: VP-16, VP-18, VP-19, VP-20, VP-21, VP-22, VP-25, VP-26, VP-27, VP-28, VP-43, VP-61, VP-62, VP-63, VP-72, VP-81, VP-82, VP-83, VP-84, VP-92, VP-118, VP-123, VP-133, VP-137, VP-140, VP-142, VP-144, VP-148, VP-150, VP-153, VP-198, VP-205, VP-208 and VP-216..." Official U. S. Navy Records (National Archives and Records Administration) via Fold3 http://www.fold3.com/ [01DEC2012]

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    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...History of FAW-7 - History from 01MAR41-31DEC44 Submitted June 11th, 1945. Squadron's Assigned: VP-31, VP-52, VP-53, VP-63, VP-71, VP-72, VP-73, VP-74, VP-82, VP-84, VP-92, VP-93, VP-103, VP-105, VP-110, VP-111, VP-114, VP-125, VP-126 and VP-128..." Official U. S. Navy Records (National Archives and Records Administration) via Fold3 http://www.fold3.com/ [30NOV2012]

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    Circa 1941

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Hearings Before The Joint Committee On The Investigation Of The Pearl Harbor Attack - Congress Of The United States - Seventy-Ninth Congress...Squadrons mentioned: VP-11, VP-13, VP-14, VP-21, VP-22, VP-23, VP-24, VP-31, VP-32, VP-41, VP-42, VP-43, VP-44, VP-51, VP-52, VP-71, VP-72, VP-73, VP-74, VP-81, VP-82, VP-83, VP-84, VP-91, VP-92, VP-93, VP-94, VP-101, VP-102, CPW-1, CPW-2, CPW-3, CPW-4, CPW-5, CPW-7, CPW-8 and CPW-9..." WebSite: The public's library and digital archive http://www.ibiblio.org/pha/pha/misc/rainbow5.html [01APR2005]
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