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Note NOTICE: "...If there is anyone who served with VP-73 at NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco in July 1943, or who knows the present whereabouts of anyone who was there at that time - including John W. 'Count' Drew - please contact me. Thanks!..." Contributed by Tim Gates tim.gates1@gmail.com [07JUN2008]

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: "...Jim Williams here from Norman, Ok. I am a Staff Sergeant in the Army Reserves here with the 3/378 of the 95th Division. One of my clerks has a boyfriend whom found a scrapbook in his attic. It belonged to AMM2-C Mike Blackberry. This is PRICELESS. His Neptune certificate and countless photos of travels VPB-73 are in this book. They would like to return this to him if he is still living or at least to a family member. If you can provide any assistance, please contact me. Thank you, Jim Williams Norman jimw@ou.edu , OK USMC 1976-83 USAR 1990-2003..." [07JUN2003]

Note NOTICE: "...I am looking for anyone that may have served with a certain Cecil Ray Haycraft. He joined the Navy in 1930 and served through the late 1950's. He was an ACMM during WW2, and retired as a LCDR. He died in 1981. From what I've found, he served with VP-3 in NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone in the late 30's. During WW2, he served with VP-73 as a plane captain, VB-105 as "Assistant Engineer", and HEDRON 5 in "Engineering". At the end of the War, through his retirement, he served with FAW-5, VP-51 and VP-92" at their Headquarters (not quite sure what that means, but that's what I've found.) I believe he participated transporting PBY's to the Soviet Union in 1944/45. If anyone may have served with him, or perhaps has them on a crew roster, a picture of him, knows about the lend-lease program to the Russians- I'm looking for any information you can give me! Appreciate the help!...LT Dave Schwind fco@laboon.navy.mil..." [14NOV2002]

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