A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Navy PBM Saves Ill Seaman - Page 22 - Naval Aviation News - October 1947..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1940s/1947/oct47.pdf [18JUL2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: " CD-ROM: Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons Vol. 2 Stock No. 008-046-00195-2 The History of VP, VPB, VP(HL), and VP(AM) Naval Historical Center, Department Of The Navy, Washington, D. C...." [15JUN2000]Circa 1942
CHAPTER 3 Patrol Squadron (VP) Histories VP-MS-5 576KB
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...The currently active duty VP-45's designation history: 1 November 1942 Established as VP-205 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia with PBM aircraft. 1 October 1944 Redesignated VPB-205...15 May 1946 Redesignated VP-205...15 November 1946 Redesignated VP-MS-5...1 September 1948 Redesignated VP-45. Transitioned to P-5M seaplanes in 1954, and to the P-3 Orion in January 1964. There have been three VP-45's. The first was a redesignation of a Hawaii based PBY squadron in 1938 and retained that designation for only six months. The second VP-45 was established at NAS Seattle, Washington in April 1943 with six PBY aircraft. It was deployed immediately to the Aleutian area and was positioned at Attu in Cosco Bay (named for the Seaplane Tender there). It was redeployed to Belem, Brazil with 12 PBY-SA aircraft in 1943 and conducted antisubmarine patrols and convoy escort throughout the south Atlantic area until June 1945 when it was disestablished at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. One of its PBYs is located at the National Museum of Naval Aviation, NAS Pensacola, Florida. The third and still active VP-45, flying the most advanced P-3, is as shown above. Its homeport is NAS Jacksonville, Florida..." Contributed by Charles Caldwell firstname.lastname@example.org
"VP-MS-5 Summary Page"