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Crew 4

VP LogosLOGOs: VP-45 CAC 4 LOGO Thumbnail [31JUL99]

VP CrewCREWs: VP-45 Crew ThumbnailCameraVP-45 Crew 4 or 7 "...Taken in 1962. From left to right are: William Mattot, AT2 1st Electronics Tech, Valentine Springer, AT3 2nd Electronics Tech, Tom Brady, AO2 Ordnanceman, Lt. William O'Toole Tactical Coordinator, Lt. Don Thorsen Navigator, Cdr. J.R. Chappel Aircraft Commander, Lt.William Pendley Co-pilot, Ken Whiting, AMH1 Plane Captain, Ray Poole, AT3 3rd Electronic Tech, Linc Kiger, ADR3 2nd Mech, and Jerry Hansen, AE2 Electricain. This is either Crew 7 or Crew 4. For the life of me I can't remember. Cdr. Chappel was Exec. officer at the time..." Contributed by Ace nav297@ultrasw.com [02OCT2001]


Crew 6

VP LogosLOGOs: Squadron ThumbnailCameraVP-45 CAC-6 Patch Contributed by Tom Grannis grannis1@earthlink.net [10NOV2003]


Crew 7

VP CrewCREWs: VP-45 Crew ThumbnailCameraVP-45 Crew 4 or 7 "...Taken in 1962. From left to right are: William Mattot, AT2 1st Electronics Tech, Valentine Springer, AT3 2nd Electronics Tech, Tom Brady, AO2 Ordnanceman, Lt. William O'Toole Tactical Coordinator, Lt. Don Thorsen Navigator, Cdr. J.R. Chappel Aircraft Commander, Lt.William Pendley Co-pilot, Ken Whiting, AMH1 Plane Captain, Ray Poole, AT3 3rd Electronic Tech, Linc Kiger, ADR3 2nd Mech, and Jerry Hansen, AE2 Electricain. This is either Crew 7 or Crew 4. For the life of me I can't remember. Cdr. Chappel was Exec. officer at the time..." Contributed by Ace nav297@ultrasw.com [02OCT2001]

VP CrewCREWs: VP-45 Crew ThumbnailCameraVP-45 CAC-7 "...Midnight Riders Circa 1982-1983. Left to Right: AX1 Suarez, AO1 Morrone, AMC Dilorenzo, CDR Spizzio, CDR Phelan, CDR Wright, and LT Prince..." Contributed by Martin A. Suarez Grannerdo@aol.com [30JUN2002]


Crew 9

VP CrewCREWs: VP-45 Crew ThumbnailCameraVP-45 Crew-9 "...VP45 CAC9 1984 - Top Row (L-R) - AO1 Andy Anderson, UNK, Lt. James Thirkhill, UNK, UNK, UNK, UNK, UNK Bottom row (L-R) - AW2 Mike Loveless, AW2 Kenney Tuten, UNK, AWAN Loyd Labaw..." Contributed by TUTEN, AW2 Kenneth ktuten1@tutencentral.com [24FEB2009]


Crew 11

VP LogosLOGOs: Squadron Patch Thumbnail VP-45 CAC-11 Contributed by John Lucas john.lucas@netzero.net [09JUL2002]


Crew 12

VP LogosLOGOs: VP-45 LOGO ThumbnailCameraVP-45 CAC-12 "...CAC 12 during a Jul 87-Jan 88 NAS Sigonella, Sicily deployment..." Contributed by Al LaBella abnada@aol.com [23FEB98]

VP LogosLOGOs: VP-45 LOGO ThumbnailCameraVP-45 CAC-12 "...CAC 12 during NS Rota, Spain/Lajes deployment Sept '84- Feb '85. The patch was designed by AW1 Frank Morris and worn with pride by the entire crew..." Contributed by Al LaBella abnada@aol.com [23FEB98]

VP CrewCREWs: VP-45 Crew ThumbnailCameraVP-12 Crew 12 "...This one is Combat Aircrew 12 during 1985 NS Rota, Spain Lajes deployment. The crew is as follows: PPC LCDR Andy Jackson, 2P LTjg Dave Young, 3P LTjg Bill Raymond, FE AEC Jim Bolin, FE AE1 J W Allgood, TC LT Jack Keane, NC LTjg Jim Marten, SS1 AW1 Frank Morris, SS2 AW3 Brett Hayden, SS3 AW3 Al LaBella (Me), IFT AT1 Scott Campbell, and OD AO3 Ron Burns..." Contributed by Al LaBella abnada@aol.com [02APR98]

VP CrewCREWs: VP-45 Crew ThumbnailCameraVP-12 Crew 12 "...This one is from the 1986 NAS Bermuda deployment. The crew is as follows: PPC LCDR Rich Vanthoff, 2P LT Thomas Gridley, 3P LTjg Dave Waagbo, FE AECS Jim Bolin, FE AE1 J W Allgood, TC LCDR Larry Richardson, NC LTjg Dave Vasquez, SS1 AW2 Spud Brock, SS3 AW2 Al LaBella, and IFT AT1 Ron Edie..." Contributed by Al LaBella abnada@aol.com [02APR98]

VP CrewCREWs: VP-45 Crew ThumbnailCameraVP-12 Crew 12 "...This one is from the 1987 NAS Sigonella, Sicily Deployment. The crew is as follows: PPC LCDR Brock, 2P LTjg Vince Estronell, 3P LTjg Gary Simmeth, FE AECS Jim Bolin, FE JW Allgood, TC LT Dave Vasquez, NC LT Mark Vowell, SS1 AWC Walter Bull, SS2 AW3 Scott Nolan, SS3 AW2 Al LaBella, IFT AT1 Ron Edie, and AO AO3 Elrod Daly..." Contributed by Al LaBella abnada@aol.com [02APR98]

VP CrewCREWs: VP-45 Crew ThumbnailCameraVP-45 CAC-7 "...Midnight Riders Circa 1982-1983. Left to Right: AX1 Suarez, AO1 Morrone, AMC Dilorenzo, CDR Spizzio, CDR Phelan, CDR Wright, and LT Prince..." Contributed by Martin A. Suarez Grannerdo@aol.com [30JUN2002]


Crew 30

VP CrewCREWs: "...VP-45 Crew-30..." .." Contributed by BURNS, AW2 Stephen M. hoverdub@charter.net [27DEC2010]

I scanned three crew pictures from my tour in VP-45 on Crew 30. Interestingly, you already have in your Crew Pages, a picture of Crew 30 just prior to my arrival, contributed by Troy Hammons who was our Radio operator before Tommy Crawford and I joined the crew. I first met Troy in Sigonella and knew him briefly when I joined the squadron and may have flown with him, but I believe he got orders soon after that and was gone. With crewmember changes, we lost "Alpha" status, and had to start over again. I'm very proud that after hard work and constant training flights, we again received "Alpha" status and we were all awarded the Alpha Crew patches. I was told that prior to my assignment to Crew 30, the crew was the first-ever Alpha Crew in a P-3 East Coast fleet; some say the first in the entire P-3 fleet, so we wanted to re-capture that distinction, and while Vince Olstad was our Ops Officer and PPC, we did it. We returned to Jax from Rota in early 1972 and began the transition from P-3A's to P-3C's, so the Alpha designation disappeared again.

The first Crew 30 picture you'll see when you open the file is the last one taken before we transitioned into the P-3C. Pictured are:

Back Row, L to R: Kerry Cameron, Tommy Crawford, Vince Olstad, Frank Milford, Charlie Carter, and Dave Holland. Front Row, L to R: Dave Swift, Lenny Neubauer, Steve Burns, Rich Bartl, and Gary Cassell.

Scroll down to the middle picture, signed by all except Ron Love (2nd from the right, bottom row). Pictured are: Top of ladder, down: Steve Burns, Rich Bartl, Charlie Carter and Tommy Crawford, flanked by Lenny Neubauer (L), and Frank Milford (R). Bottom of ladder, L to R: Ron Tilton, Dave Swift, Bob Kidd, Ron Love, and Bill Brewer.

Scroll down to the last picture, and taken in front of our aircraft (LN-30, BuNo. 151351) are: Back Row, L to R: Dave Swift, Ron Tilton, Bob Kidd, Ron Love, Frank Milford, and Tommy Crawford. Front Row, L to R: Lenny Neubauer, Rich Bartl, Steve Burns, Charlie Carter, and Bill Brewer

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VP CrewCREWs: VP-45 Crew ThumbnailCameraVP-45 Crew 30 "...My crew 30 in VP-45 taken in the spring of 1970. We were the "FIRST" crew in the Navy to achieve the Alpha designation in 1970. (L to R) LT John Dalton, LCDR W.W. Turkington, CDR Richard W. Weir, LT J. C. Woodard (Standing) ADJ1 Jerry McGhee, AW2 Charlie Carter, ATN3 Troy Hammons, AW1 Larry Call, AW3 Bob Ford , AO1 Terry Colgrove (Rich Bartle was actually standing in for Terry Colgrove)..." Contributed by HAMMONS, ATN3 Troy D. tdhammons@msn.com [30JUN2002]


Crews 1956

VP CrewCREWs: VP-45 Crew ThumbnailVP-45 Crews "...NARMID 1956 NAS Corpus Christi, Texas Summer Deployment Cruise Book..." [19FEB2002]


Crew Unknown

VP CrewCREWs: VP-45/46 Crew ThumbnailCameraVP-44 and VP-45 Crews "...Taken at the Glenn L. Martin plant in Middle River, Md. in the summer of 1952. We were the first maintenance and flight crew class for the P5M-1 prior to it's delivery to VP-44/VP-45 in 1952. I am sitting on the top row left and as happens with age most all of the names escape me..." Contributed by Vern Tweet AECS Ret vern53@visi.com [29OCT99]


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