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ADDUCCI, Dominick C. ("Duke") c/o his son Bob Adducci BobAdducci@aol.com "...My father, Dominick C. Adducci ("Duke") proudly served in a flight crew in VPB-105 from 1941 - 1945. He was based in England, Florida and Puerto Rico. We are having a big surprise 80th birthday for him in the Summer of 99 in Chicago and would like to make contact with his old navy friends. Please email me or call me at 312-444-2055. Thank you..." [24APR99]

Shipmate Requested Name Removal  [Shipmate Removed 19JUL2002 | BIO Updated 17JUL2002 | 08JUL2002]

CRANE, Elihu M. jecrane@earthlink.net "...Looking for any members of VPB Squadron 105 stationed in Dunkeswell, England between June 1, 1944 and Dec, 1944; also VPB-112 in NAS Port Lyautey, French Morocco from Nov 7, 1943 to April 1944..." [02JUN98]

DIRST, Don d.e.dirst@att.net "...I did two tours at Dunkeswell as a WOP/AG in VP-110 and VP-105, FAW-7...The first time I flew was in a plane of VP-203 on the way to Puerta Rica on Dec. 10, 1942. Twenty one days later one of our a/c dove into the bottom of the bay when thea/c stalled out on take-off. Killed were three men. They were of three faiths: Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish..." [BIO Updated 22SEP2000 | 04SEP2000]

Memorial Picture "...Shipmate Pix FOYTLIN, AMM2 Lewis Francis ...My dad, Lewis Francis Foytlin, served with VP-105 as a Plane Captain stationed at NAF Dunkeswell, Devonshire, England. Dad arrived 14 Aug 44 and flew with Crew-37. He flew anti sub patrols till the end of European actions. Just this year I had the opportunity to take a trip to NAF Dunkeswell, Devonshire, England. And I was able to stand in the same foot steps as my dad. It will always me memorable. Thanks to David Sharland of http://www.dunkeswellmemorialmuseum.org.uk/ - I was able to locate the exact hardstand location (meant so much to me) that Dad's picture was taken..." Contributed by Dave Foytlin dfoytlin@nc.rr.com [04SEP2013]

FOYTLIN, Lewis F. via his Son's e-mail... dfoytlin@gte.net"...Served in VB-105 during WWII...like to contact some fellow shipmates...8021 Fayetteville Road, Durham, NC 27713. Home phone number (919) 544-3091..."

HENRY, James mayerchas@insightbb.com "...I served with VPB-105 and VPB-112. I am currently living in Louisville and look forward to hearing from former Shipmates..." [29JUN2003]

HENRY, Milton c/o dhenry@gasav.ang.af.mil "...My Dad, Milton Henry served with VP-31 and VPB-105 at Dunkerswell. He currently lives in Durham, NC, phone (919)489-7787. Lt Col David M Henry, Savannah, GA..." [19JAN98]

Memorial Picture "...Shipmate Pix HILLMAN, LT(jg) John C...LT(jg) John C.Hillman USNR was a pilot in command of a PB4Y-1 (B-24) Liberator at NAF Dunkeswell, Devonshire, England. He took off for an anti-submarine patrol in plane # 63915 of VPB-105 on Oct 23,1943, but the Liberator exploded killing all on board. He is also commemorated on the plaque in St. Nicholas Parish church at Dunkeswell Village, UK. "Lest we forget." Burial: Cypress Hills Cemetery Brooklyn Kings County New York, USA Created by: David Earl Record added: Jul 07, 2001. Find A Grave Memorial# 5594882. WebSite: FindAGrave http://www.findagrave.com/..." Contributed by P. Fazzini phillip.fazzini@zoomtown.com [18JUN2009]

LINDSTEDT, Charles clinds_1@msn.com "...I was a member of Crew 10 VB-105 from October 1943 till July 1944. LT J.H. Stevens PPC, LT Taffee Co-pilot, Rex Veteto Navigator, George Barry Plane Captain, Perry Williamson radio, Lloyd Bauman, myself, Jim Dunn, John Gefell, Ray Sweeney, Bill Brooks round out the crew. I have not been able to locate the three officers and George and Ray are deceased, the others I am loosely in contact with. Anyone out there know the whereabouts of our missing? Be glad to hear from anyone in the old squadron..." [E-Mail Updated 18AUG2005 | 13APR98]

MASSI, AMM2 Paul TUSCANYPM@AOL.COM "...I served with VPB-105 (can't remember the exact dates) until VE Day. I just now found out that their is all this info about FAW-7 on the InterNet so I will search the attic for any info I can find. Our Pilot was James Gleason, CO and Pilot was Darlington, Navigator was Schleriff (sp?), and 1st Mechanic was Czalpinski (sp?), Ordnance was Beck, and myself was Tailgunner. Lahavacheck was Gunner, AM Blank on the rest...think we lived on site 3. I remember the big snow December 1944. Operational chow after missions was steak, etc. I really have to get the memory bank working..." [15DEC99]

Memorial Picture "...McELWAIN, Robert H....With great sadness I am reporting the death of my father, Robert H. McElwain, to you and to his surviving shipmates. Born March 23, 1923 in Lyons, Kansas, he passed away peacefully December 1, 2005 at his home in San Clemente, California. He is survived by Helen, his wife of 30 years, and five children, Laurie, Robert S., Leslie, David and Mary, along with their children and many grandchildren. Also sharing in our sorrow are his younger brother William of Santa Maria CA (a TB pilot, USS Lexington) and sister Mildred Ruhr of Sun City, CA. Our father's youth in the Great Depression was harsh, he lost his own father at the age of fourteen and was raised by his mother Ellen to share her mid-western work ethic and strong Christian faith in the Methodist tradition. Like so many young sons he served with you during World War II, protecting shipping off the coast of Bermuda and as part of a squadron based at Dunkeswell, England. I had hoped last year to arrange a flight for my father aboard the sole remaining B-24, but poor health kept him on the ground until his final journey. After the war, my father received his college education at UCLA and joined Sears Roebuck and Company, retiring in 1980 as the Western Regional Controller/Auditor for its catalog division based in Los Angeles. I his later years he moved to Escondido and operated his own avocado grove, working also for the growers' cooperative as an auditor and government agency liason. We were lucky to call him "Dad." The memorial services will be simple and private, with my father's ashes to be scattered at sea according to his final wishes. Gene, I want to thank you for your service and express my admiration for all the men and women like you in my father's generation. Dad was never deeply involved in the FAW-7 Association, attending I think just one or two Reunions over the years. He did, however, cherish this awesome duty and experience with you all. He visited Dunkeswell once many years ago, and both my brother Rob and sister Leslie have been there as well. I will be sure to bring my own children there, and will share with them your names and heroic contributions to us all. Yours sincerely, David McElwain davidandamymcelwain@mac.com..." [07DEC2005]

MOOTY, Tom R. tmooty@mindspring.com "...Former Navy pilot. Served in VP-5 ASW from mid 1943 to 1945. Served in VP-105 1948-1949. Reserve Squadron NAS Miami 1946-1947. Reserve Squadron NAS Jacksonville, Florida 1950-1964. Duty in NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada; Boca Chica, Fl; San Julian Cuba; Natal, Brazil; NS Roosevelt Roads, PR. Cadet Class 6A-42J..." [16MAR2000]

PIVIROTTO, ARTHUR C acp8@aol.com"...Crew B13 LT COM Whitmore 46 MISSIONS with Jeff Riddel, Bruce Pfeiffer, ,Bill Reith, Noris Willet, and Ted Wearner. Any others out there?..."

Memorial Picture "...Shipmate Pix RIFFLE, AMMC John Roger...My Dad, AMMC John Roger Riffle, passed away in 1984. Dad served with VPB-105 (11/27/1943-01/02/1944) as a Plane Captain with Crew-3. He received commendations from Commanding Officer LCDR F. E. Nuessle (1942) and Commanding Officer CDR D. Gay, Jr. (1943). We have Dad's plaque for flying 41 missions on anti-submarine patrol in the Bay of Biscay..." Contributed by Kathy Riffle Elgin kelgin@comcast.net [24APR2016]

SHEA, Eugene GeneShea@cs.com "...I served as a Navigator with VB-105 from March 1944 - November 1944 on patrols over Bay of Biscay and following D-Day plus one, over the Channel. Planes were B1-The Green Banana and B4-Six's Avenger. Have plane pictures with crew..." Personal WebSite: http://www.theimmortali.com/ [24FEB2002]

STEINEL, AOM2 H. "Happypappy" Shipmate Pix haseight@webtv.net "...I served with VP-105 Crew 5..." [18JAN2002]

SWEENEY, Ray (Deceased) c/o His Son Shaun Sweeney shaun.sweeney@usdoj.gov "...My father, Ray Sweeney, served with VB-105 on Crew 10. He died in 1970 when I was 6 years old, so I never had a chance to talk to him about his service in the Navy. I would love to hear from anyone who has info on my dad. Thanks for your time..." [23NOV2002]

TOOHEY, Dan k1yzb@gis.net "...Anybody that was at NAS Dunkswell England? I was attached to VB-105 and lived at site #3..." [02MAY98]

YEARY, Sherman Nelwyn1939@msn.com "...I was Plane Captain of Crew 13. I flew 50 missions from Dunkswell 44-45. I would be good to hear from any one who served at Dunkswell..." [03JUN2000]

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