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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: "...I am looking for information on the PBY-5 Buno 2360, of VP-14 was stationed at NAS Kaneohe Bay, It is reported to have survived the attack on pearl on 26 Aug 1942 it was temp. assigned to VP-71, then returned to VP-14 15 JUN 1942. On 26 AUG 1942, it was burned by its crew to avoid the japs from getting her. I would like to know if any one knows the entire story of this plane?" Chuck Bones JARHEAD12Y@aol.com

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: "...I am searching for members of VP-71, who were on Samar, Philippines in 1945. I was there at the same time in VPB-106. I would let me hear from you...CLAYPOOL, Ken kcdc@webtv.net..." [26AUG2001]

Note NOTICE: "...Squadron mates of VPB-71 are looking for Joe Becker, ARM 1/c, in Lou Weede's crew during 1944-45. Last known location of Joe was in Boulder, Colo...Howard Slater whsj@lcc.com..." [21JAN99]

Note NOTICE: "...I am seeking information about an officer who served in VP-71. His name: Lt. (jg) P. S. Van Beurschaten I write the reader inquiry column for KNIFE WORLD magazine. A reader in Florida found a large unusual machete there (jpegs available by email). Length about 30 inches. Flaring double-edged blade; steel guard; light wooden handles. Front wooden handle lightly ink stamped U(anchor)S; deep stamped (sunburst)/ BARR BROS. & CO./ OAKLAND,CAL. Leather scabbard. Hand written on scabbard: Van Beurschaten, P. S. Lt. (jg) VP-71 Barr Bros. was a small butcher knife manufacturing firm, founded by Hugh & William Barr in Eugene, Oregon, in 1891; relocated to Oakland, California, in 1911; continued in business after WWII. This is very much a non-standard military knife of the wartime period: bigger, different design, different maker, higher quality, than other issue machetes. I have two questions: 1) Does anyone have any information about Lt. Van Beurschaten -- when and where he served in VP-71, any anecdotes about him? 2) Does anyone have any information about this machete -- who designed it, who purchased it, where and when, for what distribution? My GUESS would be that it (and others like it) would have been purchased while VP-71 was at Mare Island, early in WWII, since Oakland is the nearest large city. Anybody know? Anybody else have one? Thanks!!! Bernard Levine PO Box 2404 Eugene, Oregon 97402 541-484-0294....Bernard Levine brlevine@ix.netcom.com..." [17JUL98]

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