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BEACH, LT Joe [Deceased] c/o His Son Joseph Beach Peters jskj@midwest.net "...Anyone that knew my father LT Joe Beach can contact me by E-Mail. He flew with VP-84 a PBY-5A #2459. He was killed in a plane crash at NAS Beaufort, South Carolina, SC on 28 November 1943 Bureau # 7261..." [02OCT2002]

BUTTERFIELD, Walt Butter1942@aol.com "...I served in VP-84 from Dec 1941 to Oct 1943. I was serving in VP-16. My only other VP experience in VP's was in VP-8, from 48 to 50. The rest of my 20 was sent on "bird farms". I retired in Jan 59. I would really like to hear from anyone from those days who I might know..." [13FEB98]

CARTHEN, AVCM Roy B. Retired roycar@outlook.com "...I entered in February 1941 and served with VP-55, VP-56, VP-74, VP-45, VP-49, VP-84, etc. and retired October 1963. In NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1941 with the Geo B. Badger for the trip and with VP-55 at that time to December 1941. Came back in l942 with VP-84 in NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. VP-84 was the top submarine sinking squadron in WW2 and I was with Lt Milliard when we got the first submarine. He went on to get a second one and is now deceased. I entered as a RM3 with my first promotion and then they started aviation rates and I became a ARM2 and eventually a chief radio tech and later AVCM as maintenance chief and leading chief in VP-49 in NAS Bermuda. Some of us in VP-84 have met, had one Reunion in Pensacola. While in NAS Keflavik, Iceland, a german submarine was captured, the crew was turned over to a Norwegian group and I believe they were killed. The capture was by a navy plane and assisted by a navy ship with the submarine being brought into Iceland. A book listing all the sub activity by VP-84 has been written and all the sub kills are listed therein. I would like to hear from anyone and especially anyone who remembers the capture of the sub in the fall of l941...The truth is that the sub was captured by the English and brought to the south shore of Iceland where they worked on it. The crew was interred as POW and all but one of these was turned over to Germans at the end of the war. The one man tried to escape and was killed. The story went on to say the name was changed and it became a British submarine, BUT, I had seen the sub and it was brought into fjord near Reyjkavik and apparently this was not a known partof the situation. Also, we found that two US planes were on the scene when it was captured but it was noted that the British were the oneswho captured it... Thanks for such a great job you have done..." [E-Mail Updated 13NOV2013 | E-Mail Updated 13MAR2012 | E-Mail Updated 03DEC2005 | E-Mail Updated 28JUL2003 | BIO Updated 28JUL2003 | E-Mail Updated 01SEP2001 | 15SEP2000]

Memorial Picture "...CELLAR, LT(jg) Murrin Roger...My Father, LT(jg) Murrin Roger Cellar, served with VPB-84 and is now deceased. I would hear from any of his former Shipmates...Roger Cellar rcellar@continentaloffice.com..." [06MAY2008]

CLOONAN, Francis William c/o Colonel Timothy G. Cloonan tcloonan@cox.net "...I served with VP-84 as a PBY during WW II. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [23NOV2013]

COX, Jack E. c/o Robert J. Cox robertcoxengruben@gmail.com "...Dad flew with VP-73 (1942-1945) at NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island as a Crew Chief aboard the PBY and PBMs. Dad is now 93 and remembers fondly his time in the Navy. Dad would love to hear from former VP-73 and/or VP-84 Shipmates..." [23JUN2015]

FISCHER, AMM1 Carl americanmarble@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-84 during WWII. I was aircrew and a Plane Captain. We recieved the Air Medal and was inducted in the Enlisted Combat Aircrew Roll of Honor aboard the Yorktown..." [15JAN2009]

Memorial Picture "...JONES, Alfred William Sr. "Homer"...My Father Alfred William Jones Sr. was a crew chief on a PBY with VP-84 during WWII. Dad passed away 10/31/16 at 98 years old. He told me stories about his crew and pilot LT Davis..." Contributed by Alfred W. Jones Jr. ajonesn33@comcast.net [09NOV2016]

KERN, ACRM "Doc" skern20215@az.rmci.net "...I would like to contact any of my old Shipmates from VP-84 that served from 1941 through 1944. I am particularly interested in the whereabouts of Joe Piedi, Art Macy, and Albert King. Any information would be greatly appreciated..." [10JUN2001]

Memorial Picture "...McCANN, LT(jg) Richard E...My Dad, LT(jg) Richard E. McCann, passed away January 2nd, 2009. Dad served with VP-84 (PBY-5A Pilot) from August 1943 to August 1945. I would like to hear from any Shipmates that served with my father. Tim McCann tim.mccann@gmx.de..." [05AUG2009]

MELULL, Fred c/o Laura (Melull) Vasilion vasilionle@aol.com "...I am looking for anyone who spent time in Reykjavik, Iceland (Fleet Air Base, Iceland) during World War II. Would like to talk with vets about the conditions there. I am a working, published writer starting a novel on the subject. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. I can also share a few pictures. My father was a Navy Photomate stationed in Reykjavik, Iceland (Fleet Air Base, Iceland) from March 1943 to December 1943. He arrived there on the Vulcan AR5 and was briefly with VP-84. He then was stationed to Hedron (HEadquarters SquaDRON) 7, serving under Captain Daniel Gallery. I have a Thanksgiving Day Dinner Menu dated November 25, 1943, and a Christmas Card the PhotoLab put out that year showing all the Photomates, including my father, Fred Melull. Also have a copy of the Camp Kwitcherbelliakin Newsletter dated November 1, 1943. My father is mentioned in the newsletter. Someone wrote a little poem called the Shutter Nuts. Dad's name was misspelled in it as Mulull. These are the lines referring to him -- "There's wacky Melull with the wicked line - He wrote that song about women and wine - Of all the mugs, he's the super bug". In the same newsletter there's a poem by a E. X. Erinewham called "Eighteen Months in the Wrong Country or Show Me the Way to go Home." These names were also in the newsletter: Commander D. L. Westhofen; H. W. Scholl, Y1c; B.M. Freeman, Assistant Editor, PhoM2c; Sam Balsamo, Staff, Y3c; LT T. W. Swenson; Neil Boyle; and Ole Doc Walters. The results of a boxing match are listed. The cover of the newsletter reads, "Kwitcherbelliakin, The Naval Air Facility Weekly News Magazine." It shows a cartoon of a sailor before and after U.K. leave. The returning sailor is considerably thinner (not sure what that means). I would just love to hear from anyone who remembers this naval air facility or the camp kwitcherbelliakin community. Also interested in hearing from anyone for served on the Vulcan then or knows what kind of plane would have the number 702 on it --- my dad is standing in front of the plane. On the back he wrote -- "We made it!" Also, I know FAW-7 used to have liberty in a place called, I think it was NAF Dunkeswell, Devonshire, England. Thanks so much!..." [12APR2004]

Memorial Picture "...NESTER, John M...My dad, John M. Nester (VP-63, VP-84 and VP-31 (Crew 18)) died suddenly on February 18, 2003. He was 84. He loved you guys and spoke about his experiences often. He died doing what he wanted to do - work in the yard. He had no "serious" health problems. He was raking the yard and he died. God love him...Doug Nester robert.d.nester@sam.usace.army.mil..." [05MAR2003]

NESTER, LT John M. (Deceased) c/o his son Doug Nester robert.d.nester@sam.usace.army.mil "...My dad, Lieut. John M. Nester, was a pilot in VP-63. He also flew with VP-31 and VP-84..." [Deceased Update 05MAR2003 | 19AUG98]

O'NEIL, Bill [AB4FK- HAM RADIO Call] ab4fk@norfolk.infi.net "...Retired ATC-ex RM, ARM, ALC, etc. Served with VP-73, VP-84, VPB-102, VJ-2, VX-2, VW-4, VPW-1, VPW-2, VW-11, VS-36, NADU, FAETULANT, VP-34, etc..." WebSite: Flying Boat Amateur Radio Society http://www.qsl.net/ab4fk/fbars/[Updated 24JAN98]

OUBRE, JOHN B VP84@WEBTV.NET "...Only place I have seen mention of VP-84 (that`s why I use it for e-address.) Also couple paragraphs in a couple of books. NOTE: The Patriot`s Point Navy & Maritime Museum at Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 phone 803/884-2727 has a Combat Aircrewman Honor Roll and is soliciting qualified persons..."

RENNER, Mehl B. mbrenner@bellsouth.net or mbrenner@netscape.com "...I joined VP-84 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island just when they returned from Iceland and remained with the squadron until it was disbanded in August of 1945. We worked at convoy escort out of NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island until ordered to Panama. Flew out of Colombia, Jamaica, Galapagos, Nicaragua, then back to NAS Alameda, California where we were put to work ferrying new PBY6A's out to squadrons in the Pacific. Would like to contact any squadron-mates..."

Memorial Picture "...SHANABROOK, Murray "Buzz"...I am trying to find out about my Fathers time in WWII. He was with VP-73 or VP-84 1942/43 Iceland. His name was Murray "Buzz" Shanabrook. He also spent time in Florida/Cuba and Okinawa...Mike Shanabrook dovetailx3@aol.com..." [01DEC2008]

WARE, AOM1 Mervin R. Retired mware@swcp.com "...I served with VP-84 at NAS Keflavik, Iceland from 1941 to 1943. Interested in hearing from former Shipmates..." [15AUG2009]

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