BOOKs: Title: Eyes of the Fleet: Cloaked by jungle foliage, the unheralded seaplane tenders operated ahead of the Fleet, like the Navy's famed PT boats. As Halsey's South Pacific, MacArthur's Southwest Pacific, and Spruance's Central Pacific forces advanced toward Japan, these ships served as afloat-bases for patrol planes referred to as the "eyes of the fleet." The large fabric-clad PBY "Catalinas" and later PBM "Mariners" combed the seaways for Japanese forces and carried out bombing, depth charge, and torpedo attacks on enemy ships and submarines. Nighttime anti-shipping operations-"Black Cat" or "Nightmare" missions-were dangerous and daytime combat operations even more so, when encounters with more maneuverable and heavily-armed fighters necessitated hiding in clouds to survive. The Japanese were keen to destroy the scouts and their floating bases, and seaplane tenders often lived a furtive existence, particularly early in the war. Pilots, plane crews and shipboard personnel received scores of awards for valor, including the Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Silver and Bronze Star Medals. A few VP Squadrons mentioned include: VP-1, VP-11/VPB-11, VP-12, VP-13/VPB-13, VP-14, VP-16/VPB-16, VP-18/VPB-18, VPB-19, VPB-20, VP-21/VPB-21, VP-22, VP-23/VPB-23, VP-24, VPB-25, VPB-26, VPB-27, VPB-28, VP-32, VP-33/VPB-33, VP-34/VPB-34, VP-41, VP-42, VP-43, VP-44, VP-45, VP-51, VP-52, VP-53, VPB-54, VP-61, VP-62, VP-63/VPB-63, VP-71/VPB-71, VP-72, VP-73, VPB-74, VP-81, VP-82, VP-83, VP-84, VP-91, VP-92, VP-94, VP-101/VPB-101, VP-102/VPB-102, VPB-103, VPB-104, VPB-105, VPB-106, VB-106, VB-108, VPB-109, VPB-110, VPB-111, VPB-112, VPB-114, VP-115, VPB-116, VPB-117, VPB-118, VPB-123, VPB-130, VB/VPB-137, VPB-142, VB-143, VPB-146, VPB-151, VP-202/VPB-202, VP-204, VP-205, VPB-208, VP-216/VPB-216, VD-3, VH-1, VH-2, VH-3, VH-4, VH-6, VS-1D-11, VS-1D-13, VS-1D-14 and VT-3. A few Seaplane Tenders mentioned include: USS Absecon, USS Albemarle, USS Avocet, USS Ballard, USS Barataria, USS Barnegat, USS Belknap, USS Clemson, USS George E. Badger, USS Goldsborough, USS Osmond, USS Ingram, USS Bering Strait, USS Biscayne, USS Casco, USS Castle Rock, USS Chandeleur, USS Childs, USS Chincoteague, USS Cook Inlet, USS Coos Bay, USS Corson, USS Cumberland Sound, USS Currituck, USS Curtiss, USS Duxbury Bay, USS Floyds Bay, USS Gannet, USS Gardiners Bay, USS Gillis, USS Greene, USS Greenwich Bay, USS Half Moon, USS Hamlin, USS Heron, USS Hulbert, USS Humboldt, USS Kenneth Whiting, USS Langley, USS Lapwing, USS Mackinac, USS Matagorda, USS McFarland, USS Norton Sound, USS Onslow, USS Orca, USS Pelican, USS Pine Island, USS Pocomoke, USS Rehoboth, USS Rockaway, USS Salisbury Sound, USS San Carlos, USS San Pablo, USS Shelikof, USS St. George, USS Suisun, USS Swan, USS Tangier, USS Thornton, USS Thrush, USS Timbalier, USS Unimak, USS Valcour, USS William B. Preston, USS Williamson, USS Wright and USS Yakutat. The U.S. Navy's Seaplane Tenders and Patrol Aircraft in World War II is now available from Heritage Books: http://www.heritagebooks.com/. Contributed by CDR David D. Bruhn email@example.com [30APR2016]
BOOKs: Title: "Wings over Bermuda - 100 years of aviation in the West Atlantic" by Ewan Partridge and Tom Singfield. Contributed by Tom Singfield firstname.lastname@example.org [09JUL2015]
The first fixed wing aircraft in Bermuda in 1919 was a USN Curtiss Jenny from the ship SS Elinor. In 1924 the USN sent the first "operational" aircraft to Bermuda in the shape of a Vought UO-1 seaplane from the USS Cincinnati. Visits by the airship Los Angeles commencing in 1925 are detailed as are the much later operations by a variety of US Navy blimps from the airport.
Other pieces in the book that will interest VP Navy readers include the US Navy Naval Operating Base (always known as the NOB) (1939-1965). This massive base (no runway) was built from re-claimed land and housed warships and submarines as well as flying boats and seaplanes. After WW2 the flying boats became the front line force in the Cold War anti submarine "battle". Types operated there included Kingfisher, Goose, PBM Mariner, P5M Marlin and Albatross.
The US Navy was very active in Bermuda during WW2. The book has details of the early neutrality patrols of late 1940 and has extensive coverage of the Battle of the Atlantic and the specialist fleet training operations. The exploits of the Patrol, Scouting and Utility squadrons that were based at Darrell's Island and the NOB are also told.
Post war, the stories continue of the Patrol Squadrons through the cold war and details of support units, accidents, incidents at both the NOB (flying boats and amphibians) and Kindley Field are revealed. The book also includes the never before told story of the Navy Bermuda Flying Club. It also includes details of the many US Navy aircraft carriers that visited Bermuda and the surrounding seas to carry out operations and exercises.
The following US Navy Squadrons are all mentioned in "Wings over Bermuda".
FAW-9, VAQ-141, VB-105,VC-1, VC-13, VC-19, VC-42, VC-58, VC-69, VCS-8, VF-15, VF-41, VF-72, VGF-27, VGF-28, VGS-27, VGS-29, VGS-30, VJ-4, VJ-15, VP-8, VP-10, VP-11, VP-15, VP-16, VP-23, VP-44, VP-45, VP-49, VP-51, VP-52, VP-54, VP-63, VP-74, VP-92, VP-201, VP-204, VP-207, VP-215, VP-661, VP-MS-5, VP-MS-9, VQ-4, VR-1, VR-6, VR-8, VR-44, VRC-40, VS-2D1, VS-32, VS-35, VS-36, VS-41, VS-71, VS-72, VS-201, VS-5D4, VX-1, VX-4. In addition there are stories from FASRON 104, FASRON 111, FASRON 795 and the Naval Air Transport Service (NATS).
US Navy ships mentioned include USS Akron (airship), Bogue, Charger, Chenango, Cincinnati, Cobbler, Core, Croatan, Currituck, Effective, Elinor, Gannet, George E. Badger, Guadalcanal, Hamilton, Hornet, Intrepid, Laffey, Long Island, Mission Bay, Odum, Owl, Patoka (airship), Ray, St. Louis, Sicily, Philadelphia, Ranger, Santee, Savannah, Stansbury, Theodore Roosevelt, Thrush, Timbalier, Valley Forge, Wainwright, Wake Island, Wasp, Yorktown.
Many military bases with US Navy connections are mentioned including Patuxent River, Norfolk VA, Elizabeth City, Keflavik, Azores, Argentia, Charleston, Miami, Newfoundland and San Juan.
The book can be obtained direct from the National Museum of Bermuda for $60 plus P&P. Contact email@example.com for details. The authors (both British) have some signed copies in the UK, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details of costs etc.
This book was published in 2014 by the National Museum of Bermuda and for the first time ever tells the intriguing story of aviation in and around the British Colony islands of Bermuda. Historians, former Bermuda US Navy servicemen and women, and relatives of USN personnel based there will be delighted to see such a good coverage of all types of US Navy operations
LOGOs: I made almost 50 of these leather patches for crew members back in 2009. Here is a sample of prices for commonly requested patches. Custom designs are welcome and a modest setup fee may be added for new orders of less than 5 pieces. Payment can be made with PayPal or personal check. DAVID MILLER email@example.com. 3906 OAK DALE DR, PEARLAND TX 77581. WebSite: http://photobucket.com/milkrun [13JUL2011]
Painted Leather Squadron Patches 4 to 6 inches $32.50
Painted Leather P3 Orion Patches $22.50
Painted Leather USA Flag 3 x 5 inch Patches $18.50
Leather Name tags with Painted Wings and two lines of text $15.50
BOOKs: Veteran VP-8, VP-MAU, and VP-92 aircrewman Marc J. Frattasio has published a new book entitled NAS Squantum: The First Naval Air Reserve Base. This book covers the complete history of this historic naval air station, which was the second NAS established after NAS Pensacola, Florida and the first one in the Naval Air Reserve training program, in 367 pages of informative text combined with 437 illustrations. Among other things, there's material included on NAS Squantum, Massachusetts, NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts, VJ-4, VN-1D1, VS-31, VP-919, VP-ML-69, and VP-911. The book is available only on the Internet through the printer, Lulu Press. You can order it in hardcover at http://www.lulu.com/content/hardcover-book/nas-squantum-the-first-naval-air-reserve-base/7687206 and in softcover at http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/nas-squantum-the-first-naval-air-reserve-base/7634973. Contributed by FRATTASIO, AW1 Marc "Frat" J. firstname.lastname@example.org [03OCT2009]
BOOKs: Title: "The Minutemen of VP-92: The Story of New England's Naval Air Reserve Patrol Squadron" by Marc FRATTASIO, AW1 Marc "Frat" J. email@example.com (Marc Frattasio has also authored: "The New Haven Railroad in the McGinnis Era" and "New Haven Railroad - Dining on the Shore Line Route" http://www.gis.net/~fm/). Squadrons and Naval Air Stations (history, pictures, etc.) include: Naval Air Development Unit, NAS Brunswick, Maine, NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts, NAS Squantum, Massachusetts, VP-11Z-4, VP-63-Z1, VP-63-Z2,VP-63-Z3, VP/VPB-92, VP-911, VP-912, VP-913, VP-914, VP-915, VP-916, VP-917, VP-919, VP-ML-69, ZP-11 and ZJ-1. The book is 203 pages long and features 216 illustrations. It is really much more than just a history of VP-92, though of course this is the primary focus. Basically, the book provides a good summary history of the entire Naval Air Reserve maritime patrol in New England covering NAS Squantum, Massachusetts, NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts, and NAS Brunswick, Maine, the WW2 era VP-92/VPB-92, and VP-92's Naval Air Reserve patrol squadron predecessors (VP-911, etc.) as well as VP-92. At the present time the book is only available via the Internet on http://www.lulu.com/content/757344. Copies can be purchased on-line through the link referenced above using a credit card. You can also get more information about the book and review a few of its pages via http://www.lulu.com/content/757344. [05APR2007]
"...An expanded second edition of the VP-92 book, "The Minutemen of VP-92" is now available..." Contributed by Marc FRATTASIO, AW1 Marc "Frat" J. firstname.lastname@example.org [18FEB2008]
The second edition features 303 pages and 451 photographs (the first edition had "only" 203 pages and 216 photographs), more sea stories, coverage of the decommissioning ceremony and events, and is available in hard cover for the first time as well as in soft cover.
As was the case with the first edition, the second edition of the VP-92 book is not available in bookstores and can only be obtained on-line directly from the printer. You can obtain a copy of the softcover version at http://www.lulu.com/content/757344 while the hardcover version can be obtained at http://www.lulu.com/content/1922535.
Please pass the word to all your VP-92 friends. Also, if you have not already done so, please pass your contact information on to Herb Tallent at email@example.com so he can add you to his VP Patrol Association mailing list.
BOOKs: Title: "US Navy PBY Catalina Units of the Atlantic War" by Ragnar J. Ragnarsson. Squadron's Mentioned: VP-31, VP-32, VP-33, VP-34, VP-45, VP-51, VP-52, VP-53, VP-63, VP-71, VP-72, VP-73, VP-83, VP-84, VP-92, VP-94, VP-6 (Coast Guard), VFP-1 and VFP-2]. [08OCT2006]
"...VP-92 P-3 graphic is new, and was just added to our aircraft graphics this week. They are all drawn by a commercial artist and precision cut by a computer. We can also design them with specific squadron markings, and sayings below the aircraft, or graphics of there squadron patches, etc. Contact Brett Williams firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing, etc...." [30JUN2002]
BOOKs: Title: "Flying Cats: The Catalina Aircraft in World War II" by Andrew Hendrie [Squadrons mentioned include VP-6, VP-11, VP-13, VP-14, VP-22, VP-23, VP-24, VP-33, VP-34, VP-41, VP-42, VP-43, VP-44, VP-51, VP-52, VP-53, VP-62, VP-63, VP-71, VP-72, VP-73, VP-74, VP-83, VP-84, VP-91, VP-92, VP-94, VP-101, VP-102, FAW-4, FAW-5, FAW-7, and FAW-17, etc.]
AIRCRAFT ON DISPLAY: "...The Mid Atlantic Air Museum acquired two P2V's through the Federal Surplus Property program during the fall of 1983. BU NO 145915 filled the following assignments during its time with the US Navy: VP-21 and VP-23, NAS Brunswick, Maine, VP-92 NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts, VP-94 NAS New Orleans, Louisiana, and VP-67 NAS Memphis, Tennessee. It served actively during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, with VP-23..." Contributed by Fred Pierce email@example.com of Mid-Atlantic Aviation on the Web - http://avdigest.com/maam/p2_1.htm
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