CRAFT, Tillman "Tim" Hayne c/o Tim Craft, Jr. email@example.com "...I served with VPB-143 and currently reside in Houston, Texas. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 21DEC2009 | 16JUL2006]
GORDON, Douglas A. firstname.lastname@example.org "...I served with VP-143 and VP-148 (1945-1946) at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii as Master-At-Arms..." [22MAR2014]
HOULE, AMM3 Norman O. email@example.com "...I served with VPB-143 from 1944 to 1947 including NAS Boca Chica, Florida, NAS Chincoteague, Virginia, NAS New York, New York, NAAS Camp Kearny, California, and NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. We transitioned from the PV-1 to the PB4Y-2 in the winter fo 1943/1945..." [E-Mail Updated 23JUN2004 | 23JUN2002]
KLARQUIST, Norman firstname.lastname@example.org "...The comment about the PV2 Mishap ditching in Lake Michigan in April '50 caught my attention for I was aboard that aircraft. The squadron was VP-811 (organized reserve) and we returning from a flight to San Juan over Easter and flew into a into a storm over NAS Glenview, Illinois so we could not land. We circled until short of fuel so our pilot decided to ditch as the safest means of landing. We landed safely and without injuries due to our training during the war. I still have the newspaper articles on the incident. Had one more incident at Mpls. when the pilot retracted the gear instead of the flaps right in front of the terminal. I also served in VP-91 (PBY-5A) and VPB-143 (PV2, PB4Y1 and PB4Y2) as ordnanceman..." [29JUL2000]
McCONNELL, LTJG William c/o of his son David McConnell DRMCC@juno.com "...My father, Lt.jg. William Mcconnell was a PB4Y-2 electronics/ECM officer in VPB-143. He checked in with the squadron in August 1945, a day or 2 before Hiroshima and was sent almost immediately to NAS Kaneohe Bay, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he remained until his discharge in 1946. As I understand it, the squadron's mission was to be an early form of "Wild Weasel", jamming and bombing Japanese air defense stations. Anybody know of him or VPB-143?..."
SHORTLIDGE, CAPTAIN George Retired email@example.com "...I was commissioned an Ensign in June, 1941. After two years in PBY's, SNB's and PV1's as an instructorand 18 months as a PPC in the PV1 ASW Squadron VB-143, I started PB4Y training at NAS Hutchinson, Kansas, in November of 1943. Variously traind there, NAS Jacksonville, Florida and Camp Kearney, California. I was designated a PPC in PV1's in September,1943 and a PPC in PB4Y's on June 8, 1945. We made a TransPac on May 29, 1945. There we reported into Fleet Training Squadron 2, I believe it was, at MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. We reported into VPB-118 on Yontan Field, Okinawa, on July 9, 1945, as a replacement crew. All of the above was garnered from my Navy log-books..." [27JUN99]
"...SIMPSON, Albert William...My father, Albert William Simpson, served with VPB-143 and flew a PB4Y-2 out of MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. I would like to hear from any former Shipmates that may have known my Father. Kenneth Lyon Simpson firstname.lastname@example.org..." [28DEC2009]
WAACK, Richard E. c/o his son Matthew Waack, CAPT MC USN (FS) Matthew.email@example.com "...My father, Richard E. Waack, who was one of the original 300 Navy Aerial Navigators, flew with VPB-98 and VPB-143. He was at NAS Banana River, Florida from Sept 45 to Nov 45 and joined VPB-143 in in Dec 1945. Here is his Navy assignment history...August 1943, to June 1944 V-5 Training (Cadet ) - Student...June 1944 to August 1944 NTC, Great Lakes A/s Reclassification...August 1944 to December 1944 NATTC, Norman, OK Seaman 1/c, Student...Jan 1945 to June 1945 Ft. Lauderdale S1/c Temporary, AOM...June 1945 to Sept 1945 NAS NANS, Clinton, OK - Commissioned as an Aerial Navigator, August 25, 1945...Sept 45 to Nov 45 NAS Banana River, Florida Air Bombing Training Unit (Student)...Nov 45 to Dec 45 to FAW-2 (West Coast) San Diego - VPB-98 Dec 45 to March 46 -VPB-143 (Flew out of MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii-Canton Island, Palmyra Island, etc.). Went into the ready reserve 1954. 1954 to 1957 VP-762, Lincoln Nebraska. 1957 to summer 1965 VR 723 NAS Glenview, Illinois 1965 to retirement (officially 1971) last flew in 1969. NAS Dallas, Texas. Squadrons in Dallas: VR 701 VR 701 VR21D2 While at Lincoln and Glenview, mostly flew in P2V4s, and some in R5D-3s, also SNB-5s. Later years at NAS Glenview, Illinois flew in C54Qs. In 1965 (summer of) started flying in C118s and that is all that they flew out of Dallas. They flew all over the world..." [07JAN2000]
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