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Memorial Picture "...COLES, Clarence Jr...My deceased father, Clarence Coles, Jr., served with VPB-128, VPB-198 and VPB-200. Dad flew as a Radar Operator aboard a PV-1 in China..." Contributed by Richard Coles richard@colesintr.com [14MAR2012]

HERVEY, Harold S. c/o daughter-in-law Cara Hervey kcrchervey@bigfoot.com "...I am looking for information on my father-in-law, Harold S. Hervey. He served in VPB-150 11/43 to 6/45 as an ARM2c and ARM3c. He flew in PV1 and PV2 aircraft. His discharge papers say VPB-198 and VPB-199, but I have his radioman's records and they say VPB-150. We would like to correspond with anyone having information about this time period and would like information about anyone serving with him..." [30MAR99]

Memorial Picture "...HOPKINS, Bernard (Bernie)...My deceased father served in WWII in the Aleutian Islands and was a Gunner in a PV-2. My Dad's record indicates the following: NAGS, Purcell, Okla., NAS Lake City, Florida, HedRon, FAW-6, VPB-136, NAS Beaufort, South Carolina and VPB-198...Janet Griffin j2001@graffiti.net..." [12JAN2006]

Memorial Picture "...HULL, AMR2 Walter G. Jr...ARM2 Walter G. Hull, Jr. joined the Navy in March 1942 and became an aviation radioman. By chance, he was assigned to VS-47 where he joined his brother, ARM1 Warren E. Hull for 10 months of coastal patrol flying out of NAS Alameda, California and Crescent City, CA. When it came time to rotate out of VS-47 to a combat squadron, Walter requested and was transferred to VB-150, which was being formed in late 1943. Warren was also transferred to VB-150 and they remained together in VB-150 (and after December 1944, VPB-150) through work-ups, deployment to the Central Pacific, 55 combat missions against the Empire of Japan, and the squadron’s decommissioning in July 1945. During the deployment, Walter was part of Crew 12. On one mission, his plane was hit by anti-aircraft. Upon arriving home and after a month’s leave, training began anew. VPB-150 was reconstituted and shortly thereafter disbanded. My uncle, now certified as Combat Aircrewman, with the insignia to prove it, was transferred to VPB-198. He was being trained in the new PV-2 Harpoon for the invasion of Japan in the fall of 1945. Thankfully, the war ended in August. Walter was discharged in December 1945 at the age of 22. His involvement in the war ended in 1947 when he received official citations awarding him several Air Medals and and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions when his plane was hit by enemy fire. He went on to have a successful career, marriage and five children. He was humbly proud of his service in VPB-150 and the small part he played in winning the war. Walter died at the age of 68 in 1992..." Contributed by CAPTAIN Steve Hull, Retired tippettconsult@me.com [E-Mail/BIO Updated 14NOV2012 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 21JUN2003 | BIO Updated 13MAY2000 | 25JUL99]

PENSE, Lee c/o His Son Mike Pense nibor@iso.net "...If anyone would like a crew picture containing some of the men from VPB-200, VP-198, and VP-100. I have possibly the only aircraft art for VPB-200 (it was never allowed to be put on because the birds changed hands so often). Please contact me, this art was drawn by one of my dad's crewmates. If anyone recognizes any of the crewmen, I would like to hear from you. My Dad's name is Lee Pense (radio operator) ARM3c. He flew the PV-1 and PV-2 Ventura. Dad's crew captain was Robert A. Willise..." [29JAN98]

SALYER, AMM3 Merle c/o His Son Cecil Salyer salshak@picusnet.com "...My father served on VPB-198 and flew PV1 and PV2 aircraft in 1945. His name is Merle Salyer. He was an AMM3c. If anyone has information on his crewmates or pictures, please contact me..." [01JAN2001]

Memorial Picture "...SANFORD, Wayne U...Obituary: Wayne U. Sanford - Deseret News (Salt Lake City), August, 2004. Wayne Unsworth Sanford, age 78, passed away Saturday, August 14, 2004 in a Bountiful hospital of heart failure. Wayne served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 - 1946. He was a Top Turret Gunner with the Squadron VPB-198-Crows Landing, CA..." http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4188/is_200408/ai_n11471429 [29MAR2005]

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