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Note NOTICE: "...I'm looking to find the squadron number on the Black Cat that Mr F. P. Anderson of VPB-33, that he flew on September 1st 1944 when he sank two destroyer escorts. This is a first of a few Black Cat and Dumbo 1/48 models that I'm planning. Thank you kindly for your time...Jan Bojarp weefriendlyspirit@yahoo.com..." [03OCT2006]

Note NOTICE: "...Navy Establishing Augment Units For All FRS's Including VP-30..." Contributed by LCDR Robert J. Cable cablerj@vp30.navy.mil [03DEC2003]

VP-30 SAU The Navy is scheduling the establishment of a Squadron Augment Unit (SAU) attached to VP-30 for 1 October, 2004. Final numbers have yet to be released, but the SAU is likely to total near 150 personnel composed of Officer and Enlisted instructors and maintenance personnel. The SAU has begun recruiting the advance party of 20 maintainers in the AD, AE, AT, AM, and AME rates. If you are interested in serving as a Selected Reservist in VP-30 SAU, have P-3 NEC's and P-3 experience within the last 6 years, and are within drilling distance of NAS Jacksonville, Florida, please call Naval Reserve Recruiting Area SE at 904-542-3320 ext 490 or the SAU OIC at 904-542-0990.

AD - Aviation Machinist's Mate    AE - Aviation Electrician's Mate    AT - Aviation Electronics Technician    AM - Aviation Structural Mechanic

Note NOTICE: "...A Memorial is being established at Crawley Bay in Perth in commemoration of Naval operations during World War II. We are interested in communicating with any and all Shipmates attached to: CPW-10, FAW-10, VP-11, VP-33, VP-34, VP-52, and VP-102. Please contact Jim Eftos jimef@dcd.wa.gov.au. Thanks you..." [19FEB2003]

Note NOTICE: "...I am searching for the combat action report of VPB-71 and VPB-33 for January 23, 1945. On this date, a Japanese Army twin-engined bomber was coming to land at Laog Airfield on northwestern Luzon, Philippines. The pilot was circling the airfield in preparation to land. An American patrol plane, possibly a PBY, circled this Japanese bomber, but did not fire. The Japanese crew withheld their fire. The Japanese pilot could see the American pilot looking at him. He was wearing sunglasses. The American aircraft rocked its wings and the Japanese crewmen waved their silk mufflers for sparing them. Now, this Japanese pilot (79 years old) wants to personally thank the crew of the American plane. It sounds strange,but it really happened! I don't think it was a Privateer. It must have been a Cat. Thank you!...Shipmate Requested Name Removal (SEE: SPAM Summary Page) [Shipmate Removed 15DEC2002]..."

UPDATE "...I've received a few replies!! Thank you very much! I don't think it was a Navy PBY involved in the incident...it could have been a PBT from the USAAF 2nd Emergency Rescue Squadron. I'm checking! Thank you once again!!...Shipmate Requested Name Removal (SEE: SPAM Summary Page) [Shipmate Removed 15DEC2002]..." [E-Mail Removed 15DEC2002 | 16FEB99]

Note NOTICE: "...Wish to contact Lt. Edgar Warren Williams VP-33. West Australia 1942 - 44. Catalina pilot. Mr Don Mounsey is a retired C.P.O. with R.A.N.R. living here in Perth. He would like to resume contact with Edgar Warren Williams who would be approximately 84 years old. He had a wife Priscilla and a daughter Penelope born 1946. He received a Purple Heart during a bombing raid on Ceram. His last known address was 261 Union Street, Bangor, Maine, USA. He taught in the schools of Brewer, Maine. He was a teacher of music and history at university. Mr Mounsey recalls several names of others who served in West Australia as Catalina pilots 1942 - 44. John David Warner, Dick Llewellen, Jean Hoffman, and Bill Gardiner. Any information would be greatly appreciated...B. Wood bdwood@vianet.net.au..." [29DEC98]

Note NOTICE: "...Dear friends. Hi there, my name is Jan-Olov and I live in Sweden and I would like to get as much information I can get about VP-11, VP-33 and VP-91 during WWII. I would also like all the information I get about Lt Cdr Anderson from VP-33 as Im planning to build his Black Cat(s) that he flew when he sank two destroyers and later when he sank a 10,500 ton tanker. I would also very much like to get in contact with anyone who flew or crewed the wonderful black cats in the pacific. Have a really nice day and take care everyone. Yours very truly Jan-Olov...Jan-Olov black.knight@telia.com..." [15JAN2000]

Note NOTICE: "...I would very much like to find anyone that remembers August {GUS} Akerstrom, who was with VP-33 in the South Pacific. Gus is a very good friend of mine who will celebrating his 75th birthday on December 7, 2000. We have long talks about his PBY days. But I understand he's had no contact with his buddies since the war. If I could find a an old Shipmates I know it would make his birthday the best ever! Thanks...Paul R. Mays prmays@hotmail.com..." [05NOV2000]

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