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ARIES, Henry "Hank" haries@webtv.net "...Joined VP-61 mid 42 at NAS Alameda, California after brief stint at base radio. I was RM3/c just out of RM school L.A. Joined at 16 after Pearl Harbor went north about Sept .42 to Dutch Harbor as spare gear for 61 as wasn't qualair. Went back to OTU Sand Point then Oak Harbor and rejoined VP-61 at Umnak as 2nd radio to Mickey Freeman in ED Dilgers crew. Was at Amchitka and on Casco at Attu during invasion. Was wih VP-61 till relieved 11/43 . 1944 was at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. Then up to Oak Harbor and formed crew that ended up with VPB-23 NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii-Saipan-Iwo Jima Ulithi Guam and Pelieu then home. Belong #127 to Flying Boat Amateur Radio Society. callsign N7GGC Best Regards..." [02DEC98]

BARKER, AMCS David Retired dbarker6636@charter.net "...I was in VP-11 from Aug 1957 to Feb 1958. I was transfered to VP-11 when VW-11 was decommissioned to complete my sea duty. I served in several squadrons including VC-61, VJ-61, VP-61, VP-47, ATU-401, VW-13, VP-11, VT-7, VP-44 and VP-50. I retired in 1971..." [11MAY2006]

BARTHULY, AF3 WC WCBRB@aol.com "...The two years that I spent in those sqdn's VC-61, VP-61, and VJ-61 bring back a lot of memories. We had a very fine group of Chief Petty Officers..." [31JUL98]

CHASE, LCDR Eugene C. Retired willowchase@worldnet.att.net "...I was a member of VP-61 (photo squadron) based at NAS Miramar. Deployed to Alaska summers of 1947/48 on aerial surveys of Navy Petroleum Reserve #4 in northern Alaska. We were based at Big Delta (SE of Fairbanks), and Nome..." [20MAR99]

CLAYPOOL, AOM1 Kenneth mkennethclaypol@netzero.net "...I served with VPB-106 (PB4Y-2 - Crew 28) from August 1945 to December 1945 on Palawan in the Philippines. We made a forced landing on Hainan Island off the coast of China on October 19, 1945. I have pictures of feathered prop and the airfield below. Any one out there remember the event? Also served in VP-61 in the Aleutians from April 1944 to December 1944 flying the PBY-5A. Looking for crew members of VPB-61 that served in the Aleutians in 1944, returning to Seattle in December - Clif Sweeney, Payne, Findley, Siebles and Brookover. We were stationed on NAS Attu, Alaska first then split up, going to NAS Dutch Harbor, Alaska, NAF Amchitka, Alaska, and NAS Kodiak, Alaska. I would also like to hear from former Shipmates..." [07AUG2000]

COLLINS, ATC R. L. Retired W6WBY@ISAT.COM "...Greetings from another long time VP crew member. Served in PatWing Four, PatWing Six, VP-61, VP-200, VPB-104, VP-871, VP-19, and VP-28. Retired in 1963 at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Would very much appreciate any information to the address of William "Bill" Brown AEC(?) and/or wife Maury. Bill and I were shipmates at NAS Alameda, California while attached to VP Squadrons there. Bill, his wife Maury (Maurie?), and I also worked off-duty at the NAS Alameda, California CPO Club during the latter 1950's. I will value any information allowing me to get in contact with them. Thanks fellows, see you at one Re-Union or another in the future. My Very Best To All From: R.L."Pinky" Collins ATC (Ret), 11-5-97, 3251 W. Simkins Rd. E-Mail w6wby@isat.com, Pahrump, NV 89048..."

CRAIG, ADCR Robert E. Retired sobcraig@jps.net "...I was ACMM Plane Captain Crew # 10 VP/VPB-116 origional squadron from January 1944 through April 1945. Plane Commander was Lt. J. (Jake) A. Miller. We operated from Eniwetok, Tinian, Iwo Jima. Plane # was 309, nose art Indian boy (Eager Beaver) carrying bombs and machine guns in arms, named Eager Engines. Also served in VP-12 (1940-1941), VP-43 1941-1942), T.L.U. (1942-1943, VP-61 (1949-1952, and VR-23 NAS Atsugi, Japan (1955-57). Retired 4-20-60 as ADCR..." [31OCT2000]

DALE, Neal J. nedale@midusa.net "...I was stationed at NAS Miramar from Nov. 1950 to July 1954. I was an AL3 in squadron VP-61, then later VJ-61. I was on photographic detachments to Alaska during the summer months of 53 and 54. We were a photographic squadron of P4Y1 aircraft. I was on a ferry crew of 2 P4Y2's to Saigon, Indo China in 54. Would like to hear from Shipmates..." [27JUL98]

DARROW, PH Edmund G. egdarrow@aol.com "...I served with VP-61 and VC-61 at NAS Miramar, California. I participated in the Alaska Survey (1950 and 1951) as an Aerial Photographer..." [23OCT2010]

DOLSON, AMM3 Dutch dutch2544@gmail.com "...I served with VPB-61 and flew with Crew-14. My crew consisted of Dick NASH (PPC), CADENHEAD (1st Pilot), HAGADORN (Navigator), G. MURCH (Plane Captain), B. SIEBLES (1st Radioman), J. ELSEY (2nd Radioman), Dutch DOLSON (2nd. Mech), R. McCARTHY (Ordinance) and PO3 B. foster (3rd Mech)..." [28AUG2013]

FAHL CW04 Garrett A. Retired gfahl31@gmail.com "...I served with VP-61 (1951) at NAS Miramar, CA (PB4Y), NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C. (1954) (Aircraft Training Instructor), VP-661 (1958) (P2V-5F Plane Captain) with deployment to (Cuban Missle Crisis) to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, VP-91 at NAS Moffett Field, California and retired in 1985..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 24FEB2012 | 27AUG2008]

Memorial Picture "...FORT, ENSIGN Howard...I want to report that ENSIGN Howard Fort, who also served in VPB-61 at the same time, passed away a few years ago. We were good friends and I miss having his friendship..." Contributed by CLAYPOOL, AOM1 Kenneth mkennethclaypol@netzero.net [19JUL2014]

FORT, Howard H. pby5a@juno.com "...After receiving my wings in NAS Corpus Christi, Texas (01SEP43) I was forwarded eventually to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington to land in OTU-A for training. Shortly thereafter I was assigned to VP-61, LCDR C. J.Eastman, CO. Lt. William Perry Exec. I was assigned to Crew 4, PPC E.C. Lindquist, and PP2P LTjg Jim McIntyre. Only crewmember names I can come up with are: "Mouse", Kammerer, "Jonesy", and Sullivan, our ordenance man. We left NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in February of 1944, stopped at Annette Island the first night, then on to NAS Kodiak, Alaska and then to NAS Adak, Alaska where we spent several days training on Loran. Then to our final destination--Attu. In September our crew was selected to escorgt 3 OS2Us as far as Annette on their return to stateside. What a trip! We received orders to return to Dutch Harbor instead of NAS Attu, Alaska, the squadron had been divided into units. In December we recveived unexpected orders to return to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. We had orders for leave waiting for us, and most of us made it home for Christmas. If this reaches anyone I haaven't been in touch with, please drop a line..." [13AUG2001]

GREENFIELD, AMS3 Daniel "Dan" dgreenfi@hotmail.com "...I served with VW-1 NAS Agana, Guam from 1967 to 1968. I starting as an Airframe Mechanic on the Calendar Inspection Crew then moving to Air Crewman on TE-9. After VW-1 I was assigned to a newly commissioned ASW squadron at NAS Moffett Field, California (VP-61 I think). If anyone can refresh my memory, thanks. After ORI in NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii we deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan returning to the US in August 1969 and I was subsequently discharged. I would love to hear from anyone I might have crossed paths with during that time..." [E-Mail Updated 15JUN2006 | 09DEC98]

HOFF, Doug doughoff@cot.net "...I am a former flight crewman on PB4Y1's of VP-61 stationed at NAS Miramar 1949-1951. We were on a four plane detachment to Nome, Alaska to photo map the Sewart Peninsular. Was also on a detachment to Pensicola, FL. to photo map the coast of Gulf of Mexico. I was on a ferry crew that delivered some PB4Y2's to French Indo China. Would like to hear from any old squadron buddies that may be out there..." [06JAN98]

MacDONALD, ADC(CAC) Murdoch A. "Scotty" Retired murdokay@whidbey.net "...I served with (Maintenance and Crewman) VD-1 PB4Y-1 10/44-12/45 NAAS Camp Kearny, California and WesPac, VPB-123 PB4Y-2 03/46-08/46 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VPB-120 PB4Y-2 09/46-03/47 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, VP-25 PB4Y-2 06/48-11/49 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, VP-61 PB4Y-1 11/49-06/51 NAS Miramar, California and NOTS PB4Y-2 (Test Bed) 09/52-01/54 NAS China Lake, California. Would like to make contact with any shipmates who served with me..." [12OCT2005]

MAHON, Everitt "Little Willie" emahon@satx.rr.com "...Attended Recruit Training at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and reported to VP-61 at NAS Miramar, California (Carpenter Shop in the 1st LT's Division), VP-892 at NAS Alameda, California with a deployment to NS Sangley Point, Philippines and VP-50 NAS Alameda, California with a deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan in 1953. I took an early out in November 1954 and attended UT-Austin graduating in 1957. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [BIO Updated 18OCT2009 | 16OCT2009]

PARKER, LCDR Joe W. Jr. Retired helenjoepar@webtv.net "...Served with VP-61, VP-62, VD-5, VPP-1, VJ-61, and VAP-61..." [10MAR2000]

PHILLIPS, Cass E. cphillips@powerh.net "...I was with VP-61 for two tours in the Aleutions from Dutch Harbor to Attu. Great squadron, great guys..." [E-Mail Updated 03SEP98]

WATERS, Fenelon A. waters@worldnetla.net "...I myself was in a couple of reserve squadrons at NAS Dallas VP-701, VP-702, VP-703 before they were combined into VP-61, then Disestablished in 1970. I then was in VP-94 at NAS New Orleans, Louisiana during the transition from P2's to P3's in 1971-1972..." WEBSITE: http://users.worldnetla.net/~flying/

WELLING, Charlie wellingco@earthlink.net "...Served with VP-25 (PB4Y-2B) to VP-22 (PB4Y-2) to VC-61 (PB4Y-1P) which changed name to VJ-61 and finally to VP-61 commanded by CDR Ike Simonsen..." [27APR99]

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