VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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DAINING, AMM2 Garald "Gike" c/o PNC(SW/AW) Kregg M. Deur kmdeur@cox.net "...My Grandfather, Garald "Gike" Daining, was an AMM2 with VP-203 during WWII. I have just recently received a large photo album/scrap book that he put together while the squadron was in South America and would like to put some names with the faces in the pictures. Thank you for any information your can provide..." [10SEP2004]

DIRST, Don d.e.dirst@att.net "...I did two tours at Dunkeswell as a WOP/AG in VP-110 and VP-105, FAW-7...The first time I flew was in a plane of VP-203 on the way to Puerta Rica on Dec. 10, 1942. Twenty one days later one of our a/c dove into the bottom of the bay when thea/c stalled out on take-off. Killed were three men. They were of three faiths: Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish..." [BIO Updated 22SEP2000 | 04SEP2000]

HAUS, Charles N. scudrunner63@yahoo.com "...I became a Naval Aviator in 1941 and my first tour was in PBM-3's with VP-203 under Captain John Gannon and Jim Reedy. We were based in NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and NAS Trinidad, British West Indies. I then was transferred to NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island and AirAsDevLant which was an anti-submarine testing squadron. We developed rockets, search lights and even worked on the "yahoodi" project with a TBM. I then was transferred to VB-112 and upon wars end joined VB-114 in the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco. I retired from Braniff Airways after 35 years and now instruct pilots for Flight Safety Boeing. I am looking for information on Lance Murphy..." [BIO Updated 12JAN2014 | E-Mail Updated 17NOV2012 | 24JUN2000]

Memorial Picture "...KELLY, Hubert C...My Dad, Hubert C. Kelly, passed away August 29, 2008. Dad proudly served with VP-203 as a FE and gunner. He served from June 1942 until December 1945 and received a commendation from the Navy for action on a patrol plane on January 5, 1944 in the Atlantic Ocean..." Contributed by Tammy Kelly Packard tkpackard@yahoo.com [30MAY2013]

LINSZ, LT Lester W. https://naval-air.org/flightlog/moreinfo.asp?UID=790 "...LT Lester W. Linsz, USNR - Date of Birth: 11/14/1917 - Date In: 1/8/1942 - Date Out: 10/8/1945 - Aircraft Flown: PBM-3, PBY-5-A, PBY-1, TBM/TBF, PB4Y-1 - Ship or Unit: VP-203 - Pilot Desg.: Naval Aviator - Achievements: 1,387.1 flight hours..." [24NOV2005]

Memorial Picture "...MESSENGER, AOM1 Cecil...I am looking for any Shipmates of my Father, Cecil Messenger AOM1c, who was attached to VP-203 in 1944. My Dad passed away in March 2004. A lot of his personal photos and memrobila (sp) were lost prior to him passing away. I want to put together a special scrapbook of his military experience. Any help will be appreciated especially a good description of the aircraft configuration and markings during the period. Respectfully, to all you vets out there, Larry Messenger USN RET...Larry Messenger lmess522@softcom.net..." [24NOV2005]

MIGHTON, AMMF3 Charles R. cmighton@gmail.com "...I served with VPB-203 through its disestablishment (30JUN45) at NAS Norfolk, Virginia..." [BIO Updated 12AUG2015 | 09APR2013]

NOCERA, Norman NRNVPB203@aol.com "...I served in VPB-203 during WWII..." [E-Mail Updated 30OCT99 | E-Mail Updated 27OCT99 | 30APR98]

PARKER, Richard "..CPO 5204a Gulf Dr Panama City FL 32408 VP-203,1943-1944/ asdevlant quonset point rhode island 1944-1945 Contact me at 5204a gulf dr, panama city, fl, 32408.."

STERLING, B. (Bill) Ray c/o His Wife Lillian Ray LMR042828@webtv.net "...Would like to learn about someone that was in the crew with my husband, Sterling B. (Bill) Ray while he served with VPB-203. He flew over coast of England from November 1, 1943 through April 30, 1945. I believe he was a "Gunner". He is ill now and I wuld like any info to pass onto my chilren and grandchildren. Thanks a million..." [27JUL2000]

UPDATE "...Michael Jarrett You gave me good information concerning my husband and his pilots during the 1940's. But I had some more information to send you but after 5 days my mail was returned saying they couldn't reach you. I used your name@btinternet.com. Please E-mail back so I can have the right one. My husband name is Sterling B. Ray (VP-203), Rt.l Box 28, Belle, WV25015. Thanks...Lillian M. Ray LMR042828@webtv.net..." [05NOV2000]

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