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HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: History ThumbnailCameraVP-11 Log "...'SAN DIEGO - PEARL HARBOR (2553 Mi.)' - 'April 12-13' - '21 Hours 15 Minutes'. 'PEARL HARBOR - MIDWAY IS.' - 'May 2nd. - 10 Hours'. The Fleet Going From San Diego to Pearl Harbor and The to Midway are the U.S.S. THRUSH - U.S.S. GILMER - USS Chandeleur (AV-10) - U.S.S. GAHNET - U.S.S. SANDPIPER. THE VERY FIRSY U.S. NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIER - THE USS Langley (AV-3) is Seen Going from PEARL HARBOR to SAN FRANCISCO..." WebSite: EBay http://cgi.ebay.com/ PRE-WWII-PEARL-HARBOR-MIDWAY-CHRISTMAS-CARD-1934_W0QQitemZ6585997686QQcategoryZ4727QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem [06DEC2005]

HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: "...Salute to VP-11. (Word War II Times February-March 1988 Volume 3 Number 2 Page 2)..." Contributed by WINTER, George B. pbycat@bellsouth.net WEBSITE: http://www.vpnavy.com/winter.html [03JUN2002]


VP-11 was a veteran of Naval campaigns from Kaneohe Bay to Leyte over a 35 month period. A summation of their accomplishments includes the following:

  • Received the first shots of World War II from the Japanese and probably suffered the first u.s. casuality of the Pacific theatre.
  • Flew an estimated 48,000 hours in combat areas.
  • Had 31 who lost their lives or were missing in action.
  • Had 3nine taken prisoner by the Japanese - two died while in prison.
  • First complete Patrol Squadron to be deployed to the South Pacific.
  • First to arrive for second deployment.
  • Fine-tuned the traditional U.S. Navy seaplane patrol missions.
  • Introduced new innovations that led to the Black Cat night operation.and fine-tuned the techniques.
  • Successfully performed the longest torpedo attack against the enemy in history (900 nautical miles).
  • Spent the longest time and completed more missions (traditional patrol and Black Cat) than any other squadron.
  • 21 (estimated) survivors rescued from the open sea; 17 (estimated) by landing in sheltered waters; 2.5 wounded Marines and the crew of a C-47 saved by sacrificing PBY on reef until destroyer arrived.
  • 219 Australians evacuated from behind enemy line with 17 river landing.
  • Probably ranks among the top three patrol squadrons in tonnage of enemy shipping destroyed or disabled.

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: VP-11 "...Over the Arctic Ice Cap on our way to the North Pole..." Contributed by Kevin McCORMICK kmccormick@powerlan-usa.com[26JAN2001]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: PBY ThumbnailCameraVP-11 PBY-2 11-P-7 "...Advertisement - FLYING Magazine February 1943 - Special Issue U. S. Naval Aviation At War..." [09APR99]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: [VP-11 Seal with Logo] Mick Nussbaum T45_nditech@yahoo.com (Insignia Historian) donated this VP-11 Metal Seal to VPNAVY. It measures 7 1/2 inches in diameter and has two mounting screws on its back. Does this ring any bells with anyone? Any history on this VP-11 Seal would be appreciated. Thank you and Good Hunting! Tap To Send VPNAVY E-Mail [02JUN99]

    UPDATE "...The 7 inch metal insign was mounted on the Main Entrance when VP-11 was at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I have VP-23 and one of VP-44. I'm the Brunswick Historian for the Maine Air Musuem. We are in the process of getting a P2V-3 from the Navy. I'm also writting a book on the History of NAS Brunswick, Maine and would like to here from any former navy personal that were statation at NAS Brunswick, Maine. I'm looking for photos of VP-11 PB4Y when they came to NAS Brunswick, Maine in 1951. My address is 84 Union St Apt. #5, Brunswick, ME. Thank you for any help. Happy Hunting...Robert Rohr..." [14JUL99]

    UPDATE "...That design is the "official" configuration of the plaque/patch. Note the right rear hoof extended straight out rather than hooked down. Also, the tail does not come back to overlap the left rear leg. They have an original patch on display at the Naval Aviation Museum..." Contributed by Adrian Das phaedra.phlyer@comcast.net [03JAN2000]

    HistoryA BIT OF HISTORY: Squadron ThumbnailCameraVP-11 Logo Contributed by MIGDALEK, AO3 Bruce Duckadder@aol.com [12MAY2003]

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