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PITTS, Beuell Humphrey beuellh@digitex.net "...I served with FASRON-701 at NAS Miramar, California from 1950 to 1952..." [01NOV2007]

TUCKER, AT3 Bob tucker3926@suddenlink.net "...I volunteered from FASRON-701 at NAS Miramar, California to the 4 plane P4M1-Q squadron in August,1951. In late September, 1951 we departed NAS Miramar, California and were stationed at NS Sangley Point, Philippines. Our squadron commander was LT John Douglass. The three other Patrol Plane Commanders were LT Dannettle, LT(jg) Nesbitt, and LT(jg) Dunn. I flew as the navigational radar operator with all four crews at various times, but mainly with Douglas and Nesbitt crews. All four crews were exceptional good plane and squadron mates. We served a 30 month tour and then rotated back to the states. So the original squadron was manned by replacements by late 1953. I rotated to NAS North Island, San Diego, California and was assigned to FASRON-4 being discharged in November 1954. The P4M was a great plane and a real pleasure to fly in during our from 9-14 hour patrols. If any information is available about any original members of Squadron VW-1-Det "Able" I sure would like to hear from them. The only one I have had contact with is AL1 Al Wellnitz, a great radio man and a very wonderful person. One of our original crew members AT1 Willie Hawkins later was aboard one of our planes that was shot down by the Chinese with the loss of all 15 crew members..." [BIO Updated 20FEB2017 | 16FEB2017]

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