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DAVIS, AD2 Johnny Speed johnnyspeeddavis@wmconnect.com "...I was an AD3 then AD2 stationed at NAS Norfolk, Virginia in VR-31 (later VRF-31) from October 1956 to October '58. We flew anything that needed to be transferred, up and down the East coast, out West. Sister squadron VR-32 in NAS North Island, San Diego, California would fly anything out there back East. Sometimes we met up at the El Rancho Motel in El Paso, and switched planes! Many fond memories of P5M, S2F, T28, P2V-5F & P27, HSS, SNB and the FUBAR R4D! Transferred to VW-15 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland until my discharge in Jan 1960. With not-so-pleasant memories of the many trips to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada and flying the long barrier patrols. Would like to hear from Crewmates Eads, Duff, Wilson, Prida, Roberson, Hansen, (VR31) Yashinski, Machette, Hall, (VR-15) and anyone from the AEWTU at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Looking for Jerry and Sue Wright from Richmond especially. Keep'em flying!..." [14FEB2006]

De COLORES, Lynn (Riggs) lriggs@military.com "...I served from 1975 thru 1976 with VRF-31, as an aircrewman. From 1977 to the end of 1979 I worked in the engine shop. Both duties were at "Breezy Point," NAS Norfolk, Virginia. I would like to contact any fellow "Ferrys and Agent Orange" squadron mates for possible Reunion news..." [13APR2005]

Memorial Picture "...DOUGHERTY, LCDR James McClure "Jim"...LCDR James McClure Dougherty was my grandfather. He passed away February 12th, 2019 and I am trying to find more information about his naval career, particularly his call sign and any photos people might have. He spent some time and I believe retired from VRF-31. He was also on board the Wasp for the Gemini recovery missions in the mid to late 60s. He was in flight school at NAS Pensacola, Florida (1954) and was stationed at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas (10/1955). I know he ran with a group of four or five who called themselves "The Jesters" while he was there. If anyone has any information, I would love to hear it. Please do not hesitate to contact me..." Contributed by Collette Dougherty collette.dougherty@gmail.com [16AUG2019]

HIGH, AET2 David higpkts@gmail.com "...I served with VRF-31. Looking to buy squadron patch..." [12SEP2019]

HINGER, Joseph hingerj@msn.com "...I served with VP-11 as a FE on CAC-5 from 1975 to 1978. From there I was transferred to NADC/NAS Johnsville, Pennsylvania where I was in the Safety/NATOPS office. Would like to hear from anyone in that time frame. From 1964 to 1969 I was a crew member in VRF-31. 1970 to 1973 went to Panama on the Admirals crew. 1974 and part of 1975 was with VR-1 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia. 1975 went to FE school in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [14MAY2007]

JONES, J. Miles c/o Dawn Reedy valdawn84@hotmail.com "...My father, J. Miles Jones, served with VP-49 NAS Bermuda (July 1951 to July 1954) and VR-31 NAS Norfolk, Virginia (August 1954 - January 1955). He would love to hear from anyone who knew him or was in his squadron..." [21JAN2007]

TURNER, PR2 Jack R. jackrturner1@yahoo.com "...I served with VR-31 from June 1953 to February 1955 as a Parachute Rigger Second Class after having served from May 1951 to June 1953 at NAS Memphis, Tennessee in the parachute loft on thr north side of the base..." [26JUL2004]

WERNER, George gwerner@mediaone.net "...I was an ARM3/c in VPB-2 1944-1945, flying PBM-3/C and PBM3/E seaplanes. Was an ARM2/c and an ARMAC2/c in VPB-208 in 1945-1947 flying PBM-3 and PBM-5 seaplanes. I flew with "Pappy" Burns, CWO3, as an ARM1/c, changed to AT1, in 1948-1950 and we ferried PBMs and PBY-5 and 5-a seaplanes from Norfolk to the west coast for overhaul with VR-31, in Norfolk. Rode the aircraft carriers with VA-35 for 4 years and then served with VP-18 during 1961-1963 with crew 13 as radioman, flying in our "hotshot" P2V-7 patrol planes, with "two Turnin", and "two Burnin" . We were the "E" squadron for years and the other squadrons in the wing - VP-5, VP-7, VP-16 had P2V-5 a/c. We thought we should get the first P3V a/c but the "Wing" didn't want 2 squadrons transitioning at the same time..."

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