CONNERTON, Dr. James c/o his Son John Connerton Johnconnerton@usfamily.net "...My Dad flew with a PV-1 training/recon. squadron out of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in 1944, and later was transferred to NAS San Diego, California to fly the PB4Y. He is not a net user, but I'm sure would like to know how to contact this association, an especially anyone associated with VPB-199, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. He is Dr. James Connerton of New Jersey, I would be glad to forward any communication to him..." [08AUG2001]
ERWIN, ARM2C Russell William email@example.com "...I served with VPB-133 in Pacific Event in 1945. Prior to that I was VPB-199 based in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I am searching for my fellow crewmember, DJ Bell (Skipper ), Tom Milton (co-pilot), Andy Dyer (mechanic) and Matt Gatson (ordinance man)..." [25DEC2004]
HERVEY, Harold S. c/o daughter-in-law Cara Hervey firstname.lastname@example.org "...I am looking for information on my father-in-law, Harold S. Hervey. He served in VPB-150 11/43 to 6/45 as an ARM2c and ARM3c. He flew in PV1 and PV2 aircraft. His discharge papers say VPB-198 and VPB-199, but I have his radioman's records and they say VPB-150. We would like to correspond with anyone having information about this time period and would like information about anyone serving with him..." [30MAR99]
JANKORD, Emery (Deceased) c/o His Son Gregg Jankord email@example.com "...My Dad was Emery Jankord, an Aviation Radioman 3rd, then 2nd Class. He was assigned to PW11 HEDRON at NAS DeLand, Florida in 1942, VB-131 NAS Boca Chica, Florida in 1943, VB-131 NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in 1944, VPB-199 FAW-6 HEDRON NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in 1944, and VPB-200 FAW-2 MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in 1945 to 1946. He and 5 of his buddies owned Harley Davidsons and while riding back to Kaneohe on the night of June 16th, 1946 he hit a car on a bridge near the Blow Hole and broke his leg, which ended his Navy career. I would like anyone that knew my Dad to contact me. He passed away unexpectedly in 1993 and I didn't ask all those questions I wanted answers for until he died. An help would be greatly appreciated. A good friend of Dad died on a flight that he was supposed to take, when the plane went down after takeoff. His last name was Gregg, whom I was named after. Any info about Dad or Gregg would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely..." [22AUG2002]
"...STRICKLER, Hugh Gehring...Mr. Hugh Gehringer Strickler, 78, of 3154 Bonhurst Drive died at his home Monday afternoon following a lengthy illness. He was born in Raleigh Dec. 25, 1922, the son of George Bennett Strickland and Martha Gehringer Strickland. Mr. Strickland graduated from High Point High School and then served with the Navy during World War II as an aviation ordnance man first class and was an instructor with VPB-199. He was the founder of Hugh G. Strickland Inc. and was president emeritus at the time of his death. Mr. Strickland was a member of First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem. He was a former member of the Twin City Lions Club, and a former member of the Forsyth Lions Club, of which he was a past president. He had served as chairman of the local board of directors of First Citizens Bank. He had also served as chairman of the board of directors of the Children's Center of the Physically Handicapped. Mr. Strickland was a former member of the local chapter of the Construction Specifications Institution and was a past president. He formerly served on the board of Carolinas AGC and had been president of the Wake Forest Sportsman's Club. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Clara Brown "Tup" Strickland, of the home; three sons, Gary H. Strickland, of Winston-Salem, Thomas S. Strickland, of the Murdoch Center, Butner, and Ross D. Strickland and wife, Barbara, of Mooresville; five grandsons, David, Michael, Scott, Bryan and wife, Lori, Kevin and wife, Kenda, all Stricklands; a great-grandson, Lewis Bryan Strickland; a sister, Mary Alice "Stoni" Johnson of Greensboro; and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, at First Baptist Church with Dr. David Hughes officiating. Burial will follow in Forsyth Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Vogler & Sons Reynolda Road Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Murdoch Center, Beacon Cottage Van Fund, 1600 C. St., Butner, NC 27509...." WebSite: Ancestry http://boards.ancestry.co.uk/ [11OCT2009]
WETHERILL, LT Leo G. Retired firstname.lastname@example.org "...I was a PPC in VPB-199, stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington from September 1944 to June 1945 and remember only to well the accidents you refer to. In checking my log book I find that I flew most of the planes that you listed and remember all to well the fatalities, which actually were few when you consider the kind of flying we were doing. Multi-engine rocketry was experimental, to say nothing about the many weather problems. As you may recall NAS Whidbey Island, Washington was the first Ground Control of Aircraft (GCA) instalation which not only saved my life but many others. I would enjoy hearing from all of you. A special hi and hello to my ex-co-pilots, Ens. Schow, Gray, and Zinn..." [24MAR2000]
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