A “First Timer” Reflects on the MMA Reunion

By Vince Geraldi, USN 1954-1957, AT-3, VP-56, CREW 5 There I was standing in the lobby of the Crowne Plaza, in Warwick, RI waiting for the elevator doors to open.  I hadn’t seen my old bud and crew mate since he separated from the USN in 1958.  My wife and I had just spent a […]

Step by Step: Putting Together a PBM-5 Mariner

YouTube Videos by Frankie Day Franklyn Day is a 30 year veteran of the US Navy (1957-1987). He has been making models since he was four, starting with his father working on balsa wood models in 1944. “There was no plastic back then, only balsa wood was available,” and wartime restrictions limited the metal that […]

In The Naval Service During WWII, Brothers Meet Far From Home

By  Edgar Brodeur I went aboard the newly built destroyer, USS Shea DM 30, in September 1944 at Norfolk, VA, as an Electrician Mate 2nd Class. Shortly after boarding and taking on supplies, the Shea left Norfolk for a shakedown trip to Bermuda. The object of this trip was to put the ship and crew […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]