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Memorial Picture "...BICKFORD, AO2 John "Jack"...Am looking for anyone who flew with my father, John (Jack) Bickford from Worcester, MA. His rate was AO2c. His unit was PATSU 1-1 which serviced VP-54 and then VP-81, both "Black Cat" squadrons, from about May of 1943 to August 1944. He flew from Guadalcanal, Bouganville, and Munda. My dad passed away at a young age and much history died with him. For many years I have been attempting to find someone who knew and/or flew with him. I have pictures and unconfirmed stories. Contact me via E-Mail or by telephone, 443-203-0070. I am a life member of the PBY Cat International Association having attended two Reunions and met many fine folks...John Bickford catalinajack6@gmail.com..." [E-Mail Updated 04JUL2009 | BIO/E-Mail Updated 06OCT2005 | 25AUG97]

Memorial Picture "...BIGELOW, David Hall...My Dad, David Hall Bigelow, passed away earlier this year. Dad was a ARM2c and served with VR-11 and VRE-1 in the 1944 to 1946 period in the Pacific. He also did his radio and gunnery training in NAS Jacksonville, Florida from October 1943 to July 1944 in PBY-5s. He passed through the Gilberts and Mariannas many times and did medical evacuation from Okinawa in 1945...Dan Bigelow dbigelow@bellatlantic.net..." [05JUN2004]

Memorial Picture "...BILLINGTON, Charles...My dad Charles Billington who died February 18, 2003 who served on the USS St. George (AV-16) in the Navy during WWII makes me so proud that he fought for our country. He has 3 daughters and one son Duane Billington. Daughters are Sammye Downing born 1944, Carol Houston born 1949, Bonnie Horton born 1963, and Duane Billington Born 1961...Sammye Billington Downing sammyed44@hotmail.com..." [02APR2003]

Memorial Picture "...BINNS, LT Thomas Lee...Sadly I must report that Tom passed away January 8, 2016. Tom was easily the tallest and one of the best VP-45 P5M pilots during our NAS Coco Solo, Panama, Canal Zone days, flying the P5M-1 with EE on the tails. Tom will be missed at each Reunion..." Contributed by GOLD, AT3 Ken goldkr@att.net [27JUL2016]

Memorial Picture "...BIRK, LT William H...My father, William H. Birk, passed away May 30th, 2017 just shy of reaching 90. Dad enlisted in the Navy March 1945 as a Seaman Recruit and was released from Active Duty October 1946 at which time he attended Officer Candidate School. Dad got his BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and served with VP-42 (1949-1951) and VU-2 (1954-1955) at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. He was awarded the American Area Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal, Navy Occupation, China Service, National Defense, Korean Service and UN Service Medal. Dad was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross - The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant, Junior Grade [then Ensign] William H. Birk, United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as member of a Patrol Plane in Patrol Squadron FORTY-TWO (VP-42). Participating in numerous missions against hostile North Korean Forces during the period 20 August 1950 to 2 February 1951, he added greatly to the success of his squadron. His courage, skill, and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. (Completed Thirty-Five missions) General Orders: All Hands (September 1952) Action Date: August 20 - December 31, 1950. I would love to hear from anyone that may have known or served with my father..." Contributed by Louis Birk louisbirk@netscape.net [18AUG2017]

Memorial Picture "...BISHOP, Earl "Bill"...Shipmate Pix...My Father, AD1 Earl "Bill" Bishop, died in an a/c mishap 20 July 1955 in Naples Italy. He was with VC-8 while flying in AJ1 Savage aboard USS Coal Sea, Med cruise (His 2nd; 1st in '53). I would be interested in any and all information about him. Thank you. Greg Bishop konabish@hotmail.com..." [14OCT2001]

UPDATE "...Further update on Earl Bishop (VC-8 Mishap page). Many thanks to the VPNavy community, as many have replied to the initial posting by Earl's son and daughter, Greg Bishop and Cecelia Graham. Just yesterday his son received his eight medals and ribbons from the Navy. Earl Cecil Bishop was born in the Village of Pinemount, Suwanee County, Florida on 25 Mar 1924. He enlisted in the US Navy on 14 May 41 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and attended AMM School there. In the European Theatre in WWII he served and flew in VP-52, VP-83, Hedron Patrol Wing 5 (FAW-5), Hedron 9-2 FAW-9, VP-92, Hedron FAW-15, VB-111 and Hedron 9-1 FAW-9 from 29 Nov 41 until 11 Oct 44. In the above squadrons he flew out of NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, Brazil, NAS Bermuda, NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco, Gibralter, and England, participating in anti-submarine and anti-shipping, search and rescue, and bombing missions, including the Anzio and Normandy allied invasions. On 08 Sep 43 he became one of the first enlisted men to be awarded Combat Air Crewman status. Transferring to the Pacific Theatre on 11 Oct 44 he joined Hedron 14-2 FAW-14 at NAAS Camp Kearny, California and embarked upon a three month combat deployment. He remained with Hedron 14-2, then Torpedo Squadron 11 (re-designated VA-12 Able) until his discharge on 25 Mar 47, as AMM1. On 13 Oct 48 he re-enlisted as AD2 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and joined Flight Test, Naval Test Center, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. On 24 Jan 52 he joined VC-8, later again attaining 1st Class Petty Officer AD1, and again qualifying as Combat Aircrewman, in the AJ Savage, flying as Plane Captain. He was killed in the AJ-1 Savage crash at NAF Naples, Italy on 20 July 1955, along with pilot Lt. Donald Bowman and bombadier/navigator Ltjg. Clark McConnell...Chuck Huber (family friend, and Shipmate VC-8) - http://skaneateles.org/ChuckHuber/charles379/USNComposite/index.html cerebralhush@gmail.com..." [29AUG2002]

UPDATE "...Since this posting we have a little more information which I am now sending to you: My father was Earl C. (Bill) Bishop AD-1 with VC-8 Line Division. He was in Pt. Lyautey in 1953 and again in 1955. He was also aboard the USS Coral Sea during 1953 and perhaps in 1955. He flew in the AJ-1 Savage. In 1953 on the Coral Sea he was in flight Crew Eleven with Lt. Powell B. Waid and Lt. Donald A. Bowman. He would have listed his hometown as Live Oak, Florida. My Dad was killed in a plane crash in NAF Naples, Italy 20 July 1955. The flight had left from NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco. The plane developed engine problems over Naples, signaled it would land, but as it circled an engine caught fire and the plane crashed. All three men aboard died in the crash. The crash was in a factory yard, perhaps a glass factory, in Naples. Three Italian workmen were burned attempting to rescue the crew. Would like to hear from anyone who knew him or his crew..." [E-Mail Updated 12DEC2004 | 23OCT2001]

BIALEK, Chester H. chbialek_usn@hotmail.com "...I served with VPB-114, VPB-904 (Reserves) at NAS Glenview, Illinois, VP-ML-54 (PBY and PV-1), VP-721 (PB4Y-2) and VP-722 (P2V). Retired in 1965 after 20+ years. Some hops in P-3's later at NBU. Participated in base closure ceremony..." [14SEP2009]

BIAS, ABF3 Lester lester.bias@cox.net "...I served with VP-5 (1959-1963) on the flightline. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [29SEP2014]

BIBLER, Leonard C. lbibler@gci.net "...I was in VP-422 Dec. 1948 to April 1952 Based @ NAS North Island, San Diego, California. The Squadon had 9 Martin Mariner 5 Aircraft, 2800 Pratt Whitney Engines. We went overseas 3 times during this Period, 9 Months each. The last Two based at NAS Iwakuni, Japan. We flew to NAS Alameda, California, put in Bombay Fuel Tanks, Flew to Caneoee, Hawaii, took out F. Tanks, on to Quajaline, Johnston Island, Opama, Japan, Refueling at each. Then on to Iwakuni, which at that time was an Australian Base. Land an Water Airports, There was also A U.S. Seaplane Tender in the Bay. A British 4 Engine Seaplane Squadron based there. The Austrailan Sguadron had P-51's Mustangs, Later The USAF Came in with B-25s, one of my COUSINS was one of the 25 pilots, then the Aussies [as we called them] Brought in Twin Meteror Jets. We were All Flying Missions to South Korea..." [11FEB2005]

BICKERS, AW1 Brad bradley.bickers@navy.mil "...I'm currently serving with COMPATRECONWING-2 at MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. I started out in VP-11 from 07/94-10/96, then went on to VP-4 from 96-99 when I went to TSC 1294 in NAS North Island, San Diego, California. I came back to VP-4 for round 2 in 2001. In 2005 I left for a short 1 year tour to VP-40 in NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Now after 7 deployments and 13 years, I'm finally doing a full shore tour at CPRW-2. Back in da'islands..." [04OCT2006]

BICKNELL, George F. c/o His Son Robert J Bicknell nikki@mid-west.net "...My dad (George F. Bicknell) got to see this web site yesterday and was sad to hear about VP-19 decommissioning. He was in that Sqaudron in 1960. I got to see the NAS Adak, Alaska cruise book also. I myself was in tha Navy with a Fighter Attack Sqaudron. Its a special moment we share together as we we're and will always be part of in the traditon of the Navy. And I was curious if anyone that comes here would remember him..." [03OCT2000]

BIEHLER, Jim jbferris@aol.com "...Just heard about this great site from Jay "Peedy" Pondy who I served with at VX-1 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from '76 - '80. What a time we had and I'd like to add a few to the list Jay posted earlier. How about Matt "Pink" Floyd, or AT2 Rodney, Greg McIlroy, DPC Grey, Vick Lafluer, Steve Greene....There are so many as these memories rush in. I'd like to hear from anybody from 76-80. Jay found Bill Clark whom I'm calling after posting this. I also served 80-81 aboard the USS Tripoli (LPH-10) and would like to hear from any of you guys, too..." [19DEC98]

BIELASKA, LT(jg) Joseph Francis c/o Joe Bielaska, Jr. jbielaska@comcast.net "...My Father served with VP-8 when I was born (1958). If you flew with LT(jg) Joseph Francis Bielaska send me an e-mail. The old man is still kicking..." [05SEP2005]

BIES, AT3 Brett bgbies@gmail.com "...Served with VP-47 from 1992-1995 as an IFT. NAS Moffett Field, California and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan; NAS Adak, Alaska; and NSF Diego Garcia. If anyone remebers me, drop me a line. I'm living in Phoenix, AZ for the moment..." [E-Mail Updated 28SEP2007 | 03JUL2002]

BIES, AMS2 Garey garey.bies@gmail.com "...I served (04/1966-09/1969) with OASU, VX-8 and VXN-8..." [02DEC2012]

BIGELOW, AT2 Bill wjbigelow@excite.com "...I served with VS-39, FASRON-201 (Special), VP-23 from 1956 to 1960. Would like to hear from anyone who cares to contact me..." [E-Mail Updated 12DEC2003 | E-Mail Updated 17APR2002 | 23AUG99]

BIGGAR, Thomas H. dtbiggar@comcast.net "...I enlisted in AUG 1963, went to A school ADJ in Tenn. Assigned to VP-24 during split deployment NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NS Rota, Spain. I was lucky and went to NAS Keflavik, Iceland. Served on LR-1, LR-11 and LR-4. Flew with Dimond Dick Dixon and many others. Discharged in Dec 1966..." [13JAN2005]

BIGGS, AWC Bill Retired p3rep@yahoo.com "...I was an AWC with VP-50 from 1974 till I retired in July 1977. Currently teach at a Community College in southern Oregon and still miss the Navy and especially VP aviation..." [08NOV2003]

BIGGS, CAPTAIN Blake Retired blake.blake@sbcglobal.net "...Served as ADR3 and H-34 crewman with VC-5 NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan from AUG 70 -AUG 72. Retired as Captain in 2005 and currently employed as CH-53E Flight Simulator Instructor at MCAS Miramar, California. I recall those first 2 years of my Naval career at VC-5 as memorable to say the least. Would enjoy hearing from any former VC-5 Bubbas out there..." [18JUL2007]

BIGGS, Doug dbiggs@blazenetme.net "...Spent 39 months with VP-8 from March 1974 to June 1977, 3 tours to NAS Bermudaa, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NS Rota, Spain. Spent 39 months with ASWOC in NAS Brunswick, Maine and then 6 month tour on the carrier USS Kennedy on a Med cruise..." [15JUN2003]

BIGGS, Jack bigpop@q.com "...I served with VR-8 from 1965 t0 1967 assigned to Quality Control. Division Officer's were LCDR R. T. Marrion and LT J. C. Talley..." [29APR2011]

BIGGS, ABH James F. jbiggs01@aol.com "...I served with VP-30 (04/1970-05/1972) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland..." [29MAY2012]

BIGGS, Kimberly (Now BUSSER) kbusser@prodigy.net "...I served with VP-64 from September 1989 through September 1992. I would love to hear from old Shipmates..." [02JUN2005]

BIGGS, Wayne S. Valhallabiggs@aol.com "...I was in FASRON-103 during the years of 1949-1951. FASRON-103 serive as a maintance facailty for VP-21, VP-24 and VP-26 which was TOD. I was a aviation storekeeper and I would like to get in touch with anyone who was in FASRON-103, at that time in history..." [21AUG2001]

BIGLEY, CDR Tom Retired shipmate pix...circa 1964... bigleytl@earthlink.net "...Flew P5B Marlins with VP-40 at NS Sangley Point, Philippines and NAS North Island, San Diego, California (September 1963-June 1966); P3B Orions at NAS Moffett Field, California with VP-9 (March 1970-April 1972) and Nardet NAS Moffett Field, California (April 1972-July 1975). I was an instructor with VT-27 at NAS Corpus Christi when the last Marlin passed through on its way to the NavAir Museum at Pensacola. Checked my log book and found that I have about 40 pilot hours in that grand old bird..." WebSite: http://home.earthlink.net/~patron40/ and The Cutaway PBY Display http://members.home.net/vpnavy/Catalina/ [E-Mail Updated 30NOV2002 | E-Mail/URL Updated 13DEC2001 | E-Mail Updated 04DEC2001 | E-Mail Updated 04DEC2001 | URL Updated 25MAY99 | Updated 05APR98]

BIGNALL, Kerry R. ftwranch@adelphia.net "...My first duty station out of boot camp was on USS Hancock CVA-19, a Navy aircraft carrier, which was doing a six-month tour in the Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of South Vietnam. In February 1964 I was assigned to NATTC, Memphis, TN. In June 1964 I was transferred to VP-30 Det Alpha in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. I arrived at NAS Moffett Field, California February 9,1966 and was immediately transferred to VR-8. From Feb 1967 to June 1967 I was in training (20 weeks total) at VP-31 Det Noris on P2V-5 aircraft. On 17th June 1967 I was transferred to VO-67 (OBSERVATION Squadron 67) Pacific Fleet Alameda..." WebSite: http://www.geocities.com/capecanaveral/runway/9601/vo67.html [06APR2002]

BIGOS, Randy rbigos@aol.com "...VQ-4 NAS Patuxent River, Maryland from 1971-1974, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas Nav Instructor from 1974-1976, VP-47 TACCO from 1976-1979, VP-31 Instructor from 1979-1982, VP-47 Dept Hd from 1983-1985, OIC ASWOC/TSC NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan from 1985-1987, XO/CO Tacron 12 San Diego from 1987-1991, XO NAS Keflavik, Iceland from 1991-1993, and XO FLT Combat Tracen SD from 1993-1995. Retired in San Diego. Surf's Up! Cheers to all my Shipmates :)..." [03MAY2000]

BILLINGER, ADCS Bill Retired #098;ill.billinger@navy.mil "...I started out in 1984 as the only guy in my company going from bootcamp (via a bus ride) straight to VP-30. My 1st tour was with VP-17 84-88. Seen a lot of places that today's Sailor probably won't. As an AD2 I did my "I" level tour at NAS Point Mugu, California IMA 88-90. Got a phone call to go work in Dallas with NMPC SDC (later redesignated BUPERS SDC) 90-94. What a time there. I didn't know one could travel so much. As an AD1 I made my way to NRL FSD at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Rich, Dean, Don and the rest of the Mess, Thanks. Went kicking and screaming to HM-15 out of NAS Corpus Christi, Texas 98-01. Turned out to be just what I needed. Nothing like jumping on an old ship (USS INCHON) and going straight into a combat zone (Kosovo). The USS TARAWA was much nicer. Or was that because I was no longer the Flight Deck coordinator? HA! My last tour brought me back to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland at NAVAIR only to ride a desk 01-05. I retired and now am working as a "Sand Crab"! (Silly Servant). Good seeing all the familiar names..." [28DEC2005]

BILLINGS, LT Bill WBillings@aol.com "...Formerly with VP-19 (Jul84-Oct88), and the finest tour as of yet CNAP P-3C Evaluation Team (Oct88-Nov92). Currently on loan from the Navy to another DOD Agency. Monzagoffers unite! PJB keep the sprit..." [13MAY98]

BILLINGSLEY, John billingsleyjs@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-19 (1962-1964) at NAS Alameda, California and NAS Moffett Field, California with arrival of P-3..." [28MAR2014]

BILLMIRE, Garrett garrettb@apecusa.com "...Seeing these names, I can almost smell the JP5. I was an IFT withVP-23 on CAC-5 from Nov '81 to Dec '85. Nothing colder than 2:00 AM preflight on a P-3C in February. Been a civvy ever since. Still a Tron. Run into former Crud-Bug Dave Deboer occasionally. Best to all my former Shipmates. Drop me a line if you have the time..." [04FEB2001]

BILTZ, Thomas D. tmbiltz@gmail.com "...After Boot Camp (1954) I attended Airman School at NAS Norman, Oklahoma, ADA School at NAS Memphis, Tennessee, VP-50 at NAS Alameda, California from December 1953 to December 1955, NAS Glenview, Illinois and discharged on Feburary 1957. While in VP-50 I was a crew member on SE-10. The pilot was LCDR Widelburg, Crew Chief was Tommy Moore, and the rest of the crew included George Agard, Pat Dailey, James Oats, Don Miller, Don Bates, and a few names I can't remember (Give me a break - its been 45 years!). If you remember any of these mates, drop me an E-mail. Tom Burnsen and Don Jennings are two of the buddies I ran around with, if you know them let me know..." [E-Mail Updated 29MAY2010 | 16APR2000]

BINDER, CTT2 C. T. cbinder610@comcast.net "...I served with VQ-2 (06/1971-01/1978) at NS Rota, Spain with deployments to NAS Boca Chica, Florida, Wiesbaden, West Germany, NAF Naples, Italy, NAS Sigonella, Sicily, Athens, Greece and few other strange places North, South, East and West. Got my Aircrew Wings flying the Willy Victor EC-121M and transitioned to the EP-3E. Chuckie Tee Fly Me!..." [19APR2014]

BINDER, Ed ed@samoatelco.com"...I was in VP for 17 years while serving as a TAR at NAS Willow Grove, PA, NAS Los Alamitos, California, NAS New York, NY, NARTU North Island, CA and NARU Point Mugu, CA. I have mucho hours as FCPC on the EP2E, SP2E and SP2H models plus a little time as FCO on the P3A and P3B...I was with VP-65, as NARU Point Mugu was my last duty station where I supported VP-65's operations. Sure would be nice to hear from any old TAR Airmates out there..." WEBSITE: http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Shores/7277/

BINGHAM, MCPO Roger Retired rogerbingham39@gmail.com "...My first squadron after AT(AN) school in NAS Memphis, Tennessee was VP-19 (1959-1962), Worked in the AT shop and later became an aircrew man. Was the First Tech in Crew 11 and was the first Alpha Crew in VP-19. Reenlisted and went to Advanced B school NAS Memphis, Tennessee, Assigned to FAETUPAC (1963-1966), used my advanced training to help build a flight deck simulator (P2V and P-3) to train TACCOs on the Airborne Display System, and flew as an onboard instructor with VP-31. While at FAETUPAC I had the privilege to train the last TACCO in the P5M Seaplane. Assigned to VP-47 (1966-1969), as an AX1 I flew as an alternate crewmember, I advanced to Chief when the squadron was deployed to NAF Naha, Okinawa, Japan with side detachments to U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand. We deployed the next year to NS Sangley Point, Philippines with detachments to NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. I remember some great people and great times. Then the AW rate started, I remained AXC and was assigned as a Navy Recruiter in Brainard, Minnesota (1970-1975). Advanced to Senior Chief (AXCS). Assigned to VP-46 (1975-1978), worked as Avionics Division Chief and later as Maintenance Chief, Deployed to NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan; NAS Adak, Alaska; and NAF Misawa, Japan. Transferred across the field at NAS Moffett Field, California to VP-31 as FRAMP Training MCPO (1978-1981). Retired from VP-48 (1982-1985) as Command Master Chief...." [BIO Updated 25DEC2013 | E-Mail Updated 18NOV2008 | E-Mail Updated 28MAR2004 | 02APR2001]

BINKLEY, Michael kingbinks@yahoo.com "...I served with VT-1 (1971-1975) at NAS Saufley Field, Pensacola, Fla..." [22JAN2013]

BINKS, AMS2 Doug djbn53db@hotmail.com "...I joined VP-49 in May 1967 directly from Great Lakes and NAS Memphis, Tennessee. After a few months in the shop, and a tour through SERE school, I transferred to flight crew 9 as a FE in training. We immediately deployed to NS Sangley Point, Philippines / U-Tapao Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand and flew Market Time missions from June 1968 till December 1968. The squadron that we replaced had lost two planes to enemy fire, but we were able to complete the deployment without major incident. Although there were more than a few "interesting" flights and extracurricular activities in the Philippines, Thailand and Japan. Upon return, I went through the FE training at VP-30, returning to VP-49 and crew 9 as a qualified FE. We transitioned to the P-3C and I became an instructor engineer before deploying to NAS Keflavik, Iceland from June 1970 till November 1970. We spent many hours tracking Russian nuclear subs out of the North Sea and had the opportunity to visit many interesting places in Iceland and Europe. Crew 9 was the NATOPS crew, I was the FE on nearly every check and test flight from 1969 till I got out in February 1971, to return to college. Many of those flights were memorable..." [E-Mail Updated 29MAY2010 | E-Mail Updated 16JAN2003 | 19NOV99]

BINSACK, Steve Cougie@charter.net "...I served with VP-90 at NAS Glenview, Illinois from 1990-1992 FCO (SELRES). I had a great time in that squadron. I would have to say it has been my most enjoyable time in the Navy. I do wish I was still in the VP community. It is ironic I just went back on active duty a year ago as a reserve recruiter in Madison, WI. I just enlisted my first airdale into VP-64 at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania..." [25APR2003]

BINTLIFF, David (Lizzard) DNG927@MSN.COM "...I served with VAQ-33 from 1984 to 1989. I served with Janson Booth, John Killin, Pete Melchor, Tim McCrary, Esser, Senior French, Lochlier, Balou, B. R. Ruth, and many more..." [07JUN2003]

BIRCH, ADR3 (AC) Gene C. gummer@prodigy.net "...I joined the navy in 1960. After boot camp at Great Lakes (Company 435) I got orders to VS-36 NAS Norfolk, Virginia and the USS Randolph. I then went to VRC-40. In 1965 I was ordered to VX-1 NAS Key West. I was assigned FCPC on the last P2V7 if any one recalls the (fiberglass props). I was FCPC till it went to the bone yard. I refused to change rate to ADJ so Capt Lanny got me orders to VS-37 USS Hornet West packing in Vietnam. I took an early out in April 1970. I went USNR-TAR in 1972. I went to C118 Flight Simmulator at NAS Glenview, Illinois. I was ordered to VR-52 NAS Memphis, Tennessee and attended AMH A school in 1976. I was ordered to VR-54 NAS Atlanta, Ga in 1978. I was ordered to VR-53 NAF Detroit, Michigan. I was assinged Flight Engineer for Unitas XX. I sent the last C118 to the bone yard. I went TAD to VR-58 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. I could see no challange to flying the C-9 so I retired in 1982..." [07JAN2001]

BIRCHENALL, AO1 (AW) Jeff jbirchenal@aol.com "...I served with VP-91 (SELRES) from 1988 to 1999 at NAS Moffett Field, California. I was Section 200 Career Counselor and Assistant Aircraft Ordnance Maintenance Shop Supervisor responsible for 8 Lockheed Orion P-3C UIII aircraft..." [16APR2008]

BIRD, Charlie (Charles) B. c/o His Son Doug Bird dcbird@thegrid.net "...My Father served for over 16 years during WW 2. He was in the Pacific with VPB-116, the Blue Raiders and during his time aboard he was a top turret gunner on his aircraft. He told me that he was with the 116th in Quadulin (excuse the spelling), Tinian, Guam and Iwo Jima in PB4Y-1's. He has a book that has a small history of the 116th and not much else and I know he would really like to have some more information about the old unit and fellow crew members. His name is Charlie (Charles) B. Bird and I'm his son Doug Bird. It may be too late for me to put something together for father's day this year but after going for almost 15 years without communications between us until last year, a little later is better than nothing. Any information that you may have would be appreciated. Thanks and smooth sailing Shipmates..." [12JUN2000]

BIRD, CWO3 Dennis Retired dkbird@earthlink.net"...BUPERS from from 1976 to 1979, VP-24 from 1979 to 1982, Detachment NAS Point Mugu, California and NAS Dallas, Texas from 1982 to 1985, NAS Sigonella, Sicily from 1989 to 1992, VP-1 from 1992 to 1995, CPW-10 (NAS Whidbey Island, Washington) from 1996 to 1998 and retired August 1, 1998. Currently working as a Learning and Development Specialist for Northrop Grumman Corporation in St. Augustine, FL..." [BIO Updated 19NOV2007 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 25MAY99 | Updated E-Mail 04SEP98 | Updated 15MAY98]

BIRD, James (Jay) A. jabird56@yahoo.com "...I was assigned to VP-50 from 1977 to 1979. I was an IS working in the INTEL SHOP. Deployed to NAS Misawa, Japan in 78 and NAF Kadena, Okinawa, Japan in 79. Had a great time with the Typhoon parties at Kadena. Other assignments: DIA/1975-77; NISC/1980-82; VFP-306/1982-84; Command Chief-NR FOSIC London/1984-85; Commissioned 01 April 1985 as a LDO/6455-NR CTF-168 1985-90; NR NAVSPACECOM 1990-94. Retired in 1995..." [BIO/E-Mail Updated 25AUG2000 | 28NOV97]

BIRD, Leroy L. "Tater" lbird@net-link.net "...I served with VP-28 April 1959 until December 1962. Deployed to NAS Iwakuni, Japan three times. Was in Crew 10. Also did the Christmas Island tour during the testing. Would like to hear from friends and Shipmates..." [01OCT2000]

BIRD, AW Paul paulbird54@yahoo.com "...I served with VP-50 (1973-1974). I flew with Crew-3 and Crew-4..." [23MAY2012]

BIRD, Ted tbird69@suddenlink.net "...I served with VP-48 (1971) with deployments to NS Sangley Point, Philippines / NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. I flew with Crew 5 and Crew-12..." [E-Mail Updated 27MAY2014 | E-Mail Updated 18NOV2009 | E-Mail Updated 10AUG2002 | 15JUN2000]

BIRKETT, CMC H. W. Retired c/o His Son Vincent W. Birkett vwbirkett@aol.com "...My Dad, CMC H. W. Birkett, Retired was at McMurdo Sound during Operation Deep Freeze IV (VX-6) from 1958-1959..." [03DEC2000]

BIRON, Dick c/o Sara C. Callanen prnmed@mchsi.com "...Dick Biron served with VPB-205. Dick will be 80 years old shortly and I would like to help him hook up with former Shipmates..." [10AUG2008]

BISCHOFF, ARM2 Robert bischoffgenbob@aol.com "...Served on the USS Chandeleur (AV-10) in VPB-21 during 1945, as an ARM 2/c in LTjg Kleins' flight crew. After all these years i finally got a computer and really enjoying what I am finding on the web sites about USS Chandeleur (AV-10) and VPB-21. I would appreciate any info on living VPB-21 crew members, especially my flight crew # -- V 19..." [29OCT2004]

BISER, Jodi jbiser18@hotmail.com "...I was in VQ-4 from 1997 to 2001. Looking to get in touch with others..." [12OCT2004]

BISHOP, ADJ1 Mike michaelbishop08@comcast.net "...I served with VU-1 (1961-1963) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, NAS Glynco, Georgia (1963-1965) and VC-1 NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (1965-1969). Worked at a Cesna dealership in Toledo, Ohio as an A&P mechanic until 1976. Joined the Ohio Air National Guard as a jet engine technician until 1986. Left the Guard and went to work for the Defense Contract Administration Service (DCAS) until I retired in 2005..." [14OCT2010]

BISHOP, LCDR Don OPS@rcoh.spear.navy.mil "...VT-27 SERGRAD (89-91); VP-47 (91-94); VPU-2 (94-97);and currently a shooter on USS NIMITZ "Stalag 68" with a prospective parole date of Dec 98 headed to VPU-1 as a Dept Head (lobotomy not included). Looking for former Swordsmen and Wizards..." [11OCT98]

BISHOP, ADJ2 Gary L. gary@worldmissionsfarcorners.com "...I served with VP-24 from December 4, 1966 to December 13, 1968. I was a Plane Captain on SP2H (P2V-7) on triple nickle 7 with LT Whealton and LT(jg) Magalis. When we moved to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland I was a FE on LR7 with CDR Gruenwald and LT Maglis. I was on crew with Stephens, Mack and Wilgus. I went to the Naval Reserves at NAS Dallas, Texas in 1969. I transfered over to the Air Force reserves and the reserve unit sent me to Air Force OTC and then Pilot Training atCraig AFB, Alabama. I ended up in the 182 Tactiacal Fighter group which flew F-100 D, F-4D and F16s. I flew for several corporations and served as Director of the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and then became the Executive Director of Pittsburgh International Airport. In 1998 my wife and I were called into full-time missionary service as the President/CEO of Mission Aviation Fellowship..." [15MAY2010]

BISHOP, Harold G. chiefbishop@att.net "...I served with FASRON-116, VFAW-3, VX-4, VP-44, VP-19, VP-31, VF-152 USS Princeton (CV37) and VF-653..." [E-Mail Updated 17FEB99 | 29JAN98]

BISHOP, AX2 Ronald E. sunimages@copper.net "...I served with VS-41 as an AX-2 working on the S2D, E, and F aircraft in the Avonics Shop and AMD from June 1966 to January 1969. I would like to hear from any who were squadron mates..." [03AUG2003]

BISHTON, Denis dwbishton@earthlink.net "...I served with VP-40 at NS Sangley Point, Philippines from 1959 to 1961 and really like the old Marlins. Most my time was in P5M-1's , with the P5M-2's arriving near the time I was discharged. One of the photograph's you show is of my squadron's QE1 . Squadron's motto was 'Laging Handa' 'Ever Ready' in tagalog and a Marlin stabbing a submarine..." [13FEB2010]

BITNER, John vetpro2000@yahoo.com "...Hey you squids! Hope you are all doing well. I served in NAS Alameda, California and NAS Moffett Field, California as an AD from 1986-1996. I do not miss the plane wash! Don't call me, I'll call you! HA HA! If you are a veteran, be sure to contact your local County Veteran Service Office. They will advocate for you if you have a service connected disability. With a Zero percent disability, your kids can have a college tuition fee waiver (tuition waived) at and Community, State, or California University!..." [01APR2003]

BITTEL, LT Allen Carl hial480@aol.com "...Served as a VU-10 aviator, 1953-54; would love to hear from other aviators assigned to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during that timeframe. Great site! Thanks for keeping us octagenarians on your radar!..." [04SEP2007]

BITTENBENDER, LT Earl monte.king@comcast.net "...I served with VPB-104 (1943-1945). I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [20DEC2010]

BIVINGS, Alvin L. aldee@wizard.com "...I served with VP-46, PBM-5 squadron and we spent 23 months patroling korea and the formosa straits during the Korean war. My old plane crew was BD-5 (baker dog 5). I retired from General Dynamics corp. in 1992 (sr. design engineer). I don't know how many of the old squadron are still alive! Would like to make contact if you could give many any info. Regards..." [21DEC2000]

BIXBY, Dona dsbspook31@yahoo.com "...I was stationed at NAS Brunswick, Maine for 7 years, four in VP-23 and the other three at NAS Supply and Ground Electronics. Getting out of the service was one of my biggest mistake, but we all know that hindsight is 20/20..." [10SEP2001]

BIXBY, AW1 Rob Retired scubabix@mediaone.net "...Served with VP-31 (81-84) and CPW-11(95-97)..."

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