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2012

Saving U.S.S. Greer

by Peter “Trapper“ Askerwitch My story begins on August 26, 1941. VP-74 was being deployed to Iceland. On the aforementioned date, along with a bunch of other guys I was flown to the Squadron Naval Air Station. The next day we were transported by truck to the Boston Navy yard. Since the office furniture had […] Continue reading →

Last of the Big Boats

The National Musuem of Naval Aviation’s SP-5B Marlin by Hill Goodspeed, Museum Historian For more than a half century, the flying boat played an integral role in the operations of the U.S. Navy. During the years following World War I, the majestic machines captured the imagination of the public, with the NC-4 flying boat becoming […] Continue reading →

Safe Landing in South Bay

by Bob Parshall This is all about VP-50’s crew 2 single engine experiences in December 1964 while based at North Island, San Diego. I suggest looking at the DVD first as it basically tells the whole story. (www.marinermarlin.com/?p=608)  I was the PPC of crew 2 and the safety officer of VP-50, ’62-’65.  I got out […] Continue reading →

Appointment at Aparri

By Louis M. Guerrieri Historian’s note: This great sea story was sent to me by Lou Guerrieri (VP-46) and chronicles a single engine emergency in a P5M-1. The real damage, however, occurred after help arrived. – Paul H. Hebner In January, 1955, after serving a year at the U. S. Naval Station on Kwajalein in […] Continue reading →

The Japanese Surrender of Wake Island

By Captain Floyd Harris USN (RET) VP-21 was relieved of combat duties at Shima Wan, Okinawa in early August 1945 and sent to Eniwetok, Marshall Islands. At Eniwetok, it was obvious that the squadron was brought back for something new and different. Many crates of cold weather type equipment and supplies were waiting for us. […] Continue reading →