VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
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ARMSTRONG, AMM2 Harold C. (Deceased) c/o His Son Tim Armstrong tima@nc.rr.com "...My name is Tim Armstrong and my father may have served with you during World War II. He served in VP-55, VP-74, VP-212, VPB-111, VH-4, Hedron 14-2, and FAW-14 from 1940 till 1946. He served in the Africa and the Pacific theaters. His name is AMM2 Harold C. Armstrong. He passed away when I was seven so I really don't know much about his military service. I am just starting to do some research and could use your help. I was a surface sailor (STG1) from 1977 till 1987. Any info or contacts you can provide would be great!! Thanks for your help..." [19MAR2001]

BARNETT, Bill wbarnett2@cfl.rr.com "...I was only in VP-74 at NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone for those two months and doubt whether any of those characters would remember me. I flew co-pilot to Lieutenant Ball who was the squadron hot shot. He could do things with a PBM that very few could do or attempt to do (in my opinion). I cannot remember any of the other personnel. It's been 54 years and my memory and notes including log book does not relate any names other than Lt. Ball..." [E-Mail Updated 19SEP2002 | 13DEC2000]

CARLIN, ACMM[AA] John R. jhohncarlin@aol.com "...Joined VP-74 July 1, 1941 as a Seaman Second Class and left January 1944 as ACMM[AA]. I was supposed to be the youngest CPO in the Navy. I was two and a half years in the Navy and 20 yrs and 6 months old. I served at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, NAS Keflavik, Iceland, NAS Trinidad, British West Indies, and South America. I was proud to be a menber of such a great squadron..." [28JAN2002]

CARTHEN, AVCM Roy B. Retired roycar@outlook.com "...I entered in February 1941 and served with VP-55, VP-56, VP-74, VP-45, VP-49, VP-84, etc. and retired October 1963. In NAS Keflavik, Iceland in 1941 with the Geo B. Badger for the trip and with VP-55 at that time to December 1941. Came back in l942 with VP-84 in NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. VP-84 was the top submarine sinking squadron in WW2 and I was with Lt Milliard when we got the first submarine. He went on to get a second one and is now deceased. I entered as a RM3 with my first promotion and then they started aviation rates and I became a ARM2 and eventually a chief radio tech and later AVCM as maintenance chief and leading chief in VP-49 in NAS Bermuda. Some of us in VP-84 have met, had one Reunion in Pensacola. While in NAS Keflavik, Iceland, a german submarine was captured, the crew was turned over to a Norwegian group and I believe they were killed. The capture was by a navy plane and assisted by a navy ship with the submarine being brought into Iceland. A book listing all the sub activity by VP-84 has been written and all the sub kills are listed therein. I would like to hear from anyone and especially anyone who remembers the capture of the sub in the fall of l941...The truth is that the sub was captured by the English and brought to the south shore of Iceland where they worked on it. The crew was interred as POW and all but one of these was turned over to Germans at the end of the war. The one man tried to escape and was killed. The story went on to say the name was changed and it became a British submarine, BUT, I had seen the sub and it was brought into fjord near Reyjkavik and apparently this was not a known partof the situation. Also, we found that two US planes were on the scene when it was captured but it was noted that the British were the oneswho captured it... Thanks for such a great job you have done..." [E-Mail Updated 13NOV2013 | E-Mail Updated 13MAR2012 | E-Mail Updated 03DEC2005 | E-Mail Updated 28JUL2003 | BIO Updated 28JUL2003 | E-Mail Updated 01SEP2001 | 15SEP2000]

EDELSTEIN, Leonard w4jem@cox.net "...VP-74/VPB-74 Mr. Leonard Edelstein, 5676 Shinfield Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23464-6744, 757-479-1448..." http://www.warships1.com/reunion_airgroup.htm [21DEC98]

ESCH, CDR R. R. "Bob" Retired resch2@woh.rr.com "...In WW-II from a few days after Pearl Harbor I served sequentially in VP-74, then VP-18 and finally in VP-99 until January 1946. I served on board the USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-41) a Seaplane Tender from Jun 1948 to Mar 1950. I was Commanding Officer of FASRON-114 at NS Kodiak, Alaska in support of PBM and P-2V squadrons from June 1952 to Jan uary1953..." [01FEB98]

FARINELLA, Morris c/o his son Tony Farinella tonyfar@Bellsouth.net "...My father was in VP-56 in 1940. In early 1941, when deliveries of PBMs started, VP-55 and VP-56 were combined to form VP-74. In mid 1941 VP-74 detachments from VP-74 were sent to ICELAND to run Neutrality patrols. My father was on the first deployment, and returned to CONUS in late FEB 1942 after all but one of the PBMs were destroyed. The last remaining one in ICELAND from the first deployment was brought back on board the tender Albaborale..." [10MAY98]

GARDNER, George E. ggardner@pathwaynet.com "...I was a PPC in PBM's during WWII, VPB-74. Anybody out there ever associated with VPB-74, or have any knowledge of it? Or, for that matter, comments on the PBM - from the 1st to 5?..." [09JUN98]

HOLLIMAN, AOM2C Walt waltholli@aol.com "...I served with VPB-74 from April 1944 at Elizabeth City NC through Colon R de P, Galapagos Islands until after VJ day, then back to Panama, then a 3 plane Air Sea Rescue detachment to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba until May of 1946. AOM2C on CAC # 3. Have attended several Reunion and look forward to the next one..." [26JAN2002]

LEBEAU, Josph F. c/o His Son Greg Lebeau gllebeau@netscape.net "...My Dad, Josph F Lebeau, was a aviation machinist mate second class according to his notice of seperation from the Navy. He was assigned to VP-215 from 11-9-43 to 5-25-45. Would like any innformation about the squadron or would like to hear from anyone that may have know my Dad. Building a Shadow Box would like to have something from the squadron for my Dads shadow box such as a patch, coin, or whatever other then his rank and metal for Dad. He passed away March 27, 1996. Thanks and as Dad would say FLY NAVY...also served with FASRON-108 and VP-74..." [BIO Updated 20MAY2000 | 17MAY2000]

Memorial Picture "...POPE, Herbert...My grandpas name was Herbert Pope, but he passed away this past year, so I asked my Grandma about his squadron and she said he was with the VPB-74. Thanks. David Jedele djedele16@hotmail.com..." [13FEB2005]

Memorial Picture "...POTTS, LCDR Nicholas Thomas...My Dad, LCDR Nicholas Thomas Potts, Loving Father, Grandfather and Friend to many passed away July 3, 2012. Dad served with VPB-74. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held July 12, 2012 at 7pm, at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum (22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, Maryland 20653)..." Contributed by Melissa melissa41785@gmail.com [08JUL2012]

POTTS, Nick T. melissa41785@gmail.com "...I served with VPB-74. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [02AUG2011]

REVAK, George REVAIRE@WEBTV.COM "...I was a pilot with VPB-74 at NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone, NAF Galapagos, Seymour Island, Ecuador, and NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I would enjoy hearing from some of my old buddies..." [23JUN2002]

SELL, Murray C. (Deceased) c/o His Son Dan Sell dmsellsphr@yahoo.com "...My father, Murray C. Sell, served with VPB-22 during 1945 as an Aviation Radioman 2nd Class. He died in 1964, and I never had an opportunity to talk with him regarding his experience in World War II. I am now trying to do some research and learn as much as I can about that time in his life. I have his Log Book and some other papers as a start. From his discharge papers I have learned that he was also with VPB-74 and FAW-2. Any information would be appreciated..." [25AUG2002]

SHEALEY, C. W. "Dub" cwshealey1@juno.com "...Retired in 1962 as ATC. Ex RM, ARM, ART, ATC, Ham Radio Call NY4B. I served in VP-56 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia and NAS Banana River, Florida (41,42); changed from ARM to ART in ; NATTC Ward Island, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas in 1946; served in VP-74 in Panama; VP-34 in NAS Trinidad, British West Indies; VP-56 (P5M) in NAS Norfolk, Virginia; VRF-31 in NAS Norfolk, Virginia; VS-24, 26, and 27..." [19JAN98]

ZAPEL, Russell A. r.a.zapel@juno.com "...Served with VP-74..."

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