The VPI Book of Remembrance
"...On 14 October 2001 a Service of Remembrance was held at the VP International Memorial at Canadian Forces Base Greenwood, Nova Scotia. During the service the 107 USN aircrew who had been identified during the past year were formally inducted into the VPI Book of Remembrance. The Book of Remembrance identifies 1702 VP aircrew from 12 nations who were killed while on VP flying duties since 1 January 1947, 990 of these men were members of the USN. We have now identified all aircrew for the mishaps reported to us, the Book of Remembrance no longer has any unidentified individuals. Many thanks to the many shipmates who responded to our requests for information. Norm Donovan firstname.lastname@example.org, VPI Book of Remembrance Compiler..." [18OCT2001]
We have at long last identified all USN aircrew who were killed in theMishaps reported to us. The VPI Book of Remembrance and its associated web pages have been updated.
The Book of Remembrance now identifies the 980 USN aircrew who were killed while on Maritime Patrol duties since 1 Jan 1947.
A ceremony will be held at the VPI Monument at Canadian Forces Base Greenwood, Nova Scotia on 14 October 2001, during which the men identified during the past year will be formally inducted into the Book of Remembrance.
Many thanks to all of you who provided us with information which identified our lost shipmates.
They shall be remembered.
Major(R) Norm Donovan
Canadian Air Force
VPI Book of Remembrance Compiler [29JUL2001]
The VPI Book of Remembrance web site http://www.vpinternational.ca/book/index.htm now contains all of the information that I have received. The only names that I am missing are for these two crews for which I have some names:
27 Jan 59/VP-56/P5M/4 fatalities/ Willoughby Bay, Virginia/ CDR R.J. Murphy 4 Jul 66/VP-19/P-3A/4 fatalities/ Battle Creek, Michigan/BuNo 152172, PE-5/LT W.E.Xiques
This is not to say that I have recorded all mishaps since Jan 1947, but except for the two mishaps above, I have no other mishaps without crew lists. Norm Donovan email@example.com, VPI Compiler [29APR2001]
We ask all visitors to this site to review these Mishaps and if possible provide us with names so that they may be recorded in the Book of Remembrance:
11 May 64/VP-7/P2V/10 fatalities/ Rota Spain
27 Jul 65/VP-16/P-3/4 fatalities/ Bermuda/BuNo 151380
We have identified two aircrew for the following Mishaps:
27 Jan 59/VP-56/P5M/4 fatalities/ Willoughby Bay, Virginia/ CDR R.J. Murphy
4 Jul 66/VP-19/P-3A/4 fatalities/ Battle Creek, Michigan/BuNo 152172, PE-5/LT W.E.Xiques
Please send any information to Norm Donovan firstname.lastname@example.org, VPI Compiler..." [18OCT2000]
"...All is well. Thanks Norm email@example.com..." [13JUN99]
"...VP International is attempting to trace one of its founding members. LCDR J. R. Wyly, USN Exchange pilot with RCAF VP-407 1965-67 at RCAF Station Comox, British Columbia. Please send any info to firstname.lastname@example.org attention Herb Smale. Thanks Norm Donovan..." [05MAY99]