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Note NOTICE: "...My Uncle, Ervie J. Gardiner, served with VPB-118 (Crew-18). I would like to hear from any of his former Shipmates. Thank you..." Contributed by Jo Gardiner jo.a.gardiner.@gmail.com [10AUG2010]


Note NOTICE: "...I just received some Navy film showing what appears to be VPB-116 #38800 showing the crew during a high altitude mission and upon landing at Tinian (Black and White with good to excellent quality). Another film, in color, shows VD-1 31996 Calamity Jane warming up and taking off (excellent quality). I would like to collect more film copies from any individuals that served with Navy/Marine PB4Y-1 Liberator and PB4Y-2 Privateer squadrons (VD-1, VD-3, VD-4, VD-5, VP-101, VP-102, VP-103, VP-104, VP-105, VP-106, VP-107, VP-108, VP-109, VP-110, VP-111, VP-112, VP-115, VP-116, VP-117, VP-118, VP-119, VP-120, VP-121, VP-122, VP-123, and VP-124). Thanks. Alan C. Carey acarey@austin.rr.com..." [27OCT2006]


Note NOTICE: "...This is a great find. My uncle, Davis McAllister (yes, I'm named after him) was in the VB-118 squadron as an ARM2/c. He was shot down on May 6, 1945. His May 4 mission was to be his last one, but he substituted for a sick friend. His pilot was Lt(jg) Lasater. I am looking for anyone who knew him and can give me information on his missions. I just acquired his Aviators Log book, a picture of the VB-118 at San Diego, and a lot of other things. How can I obtain a copy of "The History of Navy Patrol Bombing Squadron 118" published by the VPB-118 Reunion Group in 1992? Desire to communicate with anyone who knew my uncle and may have flown with him. Thank you...Davis McAlister dmcalist@ivisoft.com..." [25NOV98]


"THE TORCHY TESS"
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Crew 3 of VPB-118. The names and positions of the people in the crew photo are as follows:

Top Row (L-R): Ewell W. Smith, AMM2c, Plane Captain...Ens. Kenneth W. Gibson, Co-Pilot...Lt. J. A. "Tex" Lasater, PPC...Lt.(jg) Clarence J. Milner, Co-Pilot...Charles W. Jacobs,AMM3c, 3rd Mech...Sterlin C. Bryant, Jr., AMMF3c, 4th Mech.

Bottom Row (L-R):
Harry F. Brockhorst, ARM3c, 2nd Radio...Robert E. Miller, JR.,AOM2c, Bombardier...Arden M. Ardaiz, AOM3c, Ordinance...Robert A. Carr, AMMF3c, 2nd Mech...Davis McAlister, ARM2c, First Radio...William J. Hawkins, ARM3c, 3rd Radio

The crew was lost on May 6, 1945, returning from a mission. Arden Ardaiz listed above was not on the flight that day and is still alive and kicking in Yakima, WA. There was another member of that crew lost that day who is not in the picture. Contributed by Davis McAlister dmcalist@ivisoft.com and photo's sent via Dick McLaughlin Sabernc@aol.com [26JAN99]

UPDATE "...I received some photos from a man named Steve Hawley whose father flew with VP-102 and VP-197. I also received a phone call from someone in Oregon (I'm in NY) who didn't get my E-address correct, but managed to find my phone. He happened to call on an afternoon when my father was over for dinner. I put them together for a while. Turned out he flew in the Phillipines with a man who was later a plane commander in Dad's squad. They had q good talk. Dad was amazed. Small world. Thanks for the help...Peter Van Dyke peter_vandyke@chase.com" [11DEC98]

UPDATE 25JAN98-Joseph A. Palsha rpalsha@swisher.com notified Chip that he had a crew listing with a Krokoski listed, no first or last name indicated... Chip was also wondering if anyone new a Harvey Dale Hall. Joe found a Harvey D. Hall listed with 116 and in the same crew with the person that could be his father. He attached a photo of the person from that crew that might be his father..."

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