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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]

BORN, John "Jack" frajactabs@netzero.net "...I served with VP-114. It would be great to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 31JUL2006 | 10MAY2004]

BRADY, William (Bill) Robert williambrady@usa.net "...I joined the navy(USN)June 17 1943. Boot camp Farragut, ID. AMM school at Norman,OK. Gunnery school Purcell, OK. PBY School, NAS Jacksonville, Florida May 1944. B24 school Hutchson Ks. PB4Y-2 training Mumicipal #1 NAS Jacksonville, Florida. Joined VPB-109 crew 15 at Camp Kearney, CA. Dec.24, 1944. Made tour of duty duty to Kaneohe, T.H., Palawan, Philippine Islands, Iwo Jima and on to Okinawa. Plane was 59501, picture on side was "PUNKIE." I was 2nd mech and the Plane Captain starting June 10, l945. Back to states in Nov. 1945, Oakland, CA, and onto Edenton, NC. were I joined VPB-114. Then to the Azores till August 20,1946. Back to the states and discharged on Oct. 22,l946. Would like to hear from anyone that I served with..." [07JUN98]

BROOME, Roger E. (Deceased) c/o His Son Roger K. Broome Shipmate Pix Circa 1944 broomek52@msn.com "...Just found the history of NAF Dunkeswell, Devonshire, England. My deceased Father, Roger E. Broome, was an officer VB-114 (HEDRON-7) under LCDR James T. Moynahan. He was involved in the maintenence and repair of B24's worked on the ANVIL project. If anyone knew my Father, please contact me. My sister and I are writing a book about his life and his days with B24's. This has been a wonderful experience finding this web site. Thank yo..." [Pix Added 04JAN2004 | 10DEC2003]

BROTHERSON, ARM3 Walter J. "Walt" brotherson1422@aol.com "...I served in VB/VPB-114 from 1943 until the end of the European war in 1945 in PB4Ys. The Pacific war was over while we were on our 30 day leave after returning from Europe. We flew antisubmarine flights out of North Africa, Gibralter, NAF Dunkeswell, Devonshire, England and the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. We were the only night- searchlight squadron. Our longest hop was 13+ hours. One of our crews just disappeared while training at night out of NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. Evidence of that crash was found 50 years later by fishermen. Our crew crashed on takeoff from NAF Dunkeswell, Devonshire, England for a night mission on my 20th birthday on 7/5/44 on our 13th mission. No injuries but the plane was totaled. I don't suppose there many remaining from from our squadron but if so I would enjoy hearing. I was on Crew # 9 for the entire time. I was called " Walt" while in the navy. I was one of three radio & radar operators in our crew. We took turns while on long missions. 1 hour on radio, 1 hour on radar [George Gear] and 1 hour off. I left the Navy in Jan. of 1946..." [14FEB2009]

CASALE, Lewis F. c/o Elizabeth C. Casale elizabethcasale@hotmail.com "...I am trying to find members of our B-24 Liberator from WWII, as well as mates who were stationed with us. This was the "Passion Wagon" VPB-114 out of the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal February 1945 to February 1946. Shipmates included: LT G.A. Middleton, LT Bill Sheldon, Ray Countryman, EJ Resetar, Tom Downey, Robert Frese, Rene Brule, William Dean Paul, Warren Smith, Robert C Misar, John A Volpe, Ed Ertel, Tom Ekin, Glen Olsen, Leo Quinnett, Hank Rickbourg, John McWhorter, R.M. Bukowinski, Martin Upshaw, Richard Leigh, John Violett, Donald Perreault, Elmer Corns, Norman Hopkins, James Sasse and Harry Roth. Left NAAF Atkinson Field, Essequibo, British Guiana, then NAF Belem, Brazil, Ascention Islands, Robert's Field, Liberia, Dakar, then to Marrakesh. Stationed in both the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco. Flew all over the Atlantic theatre. Started tour in February 1945, returning around February 1946. Any information PLEASE drop my daughter a message..." [18NOV2009]

COURTNEY, WILLIE M. williec4@prodigy.net "...I would like to here from anyone assigned to VPB-114 from December 1943 to late 1945, from Oceana to Port Lyaudy to NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. I was the squadron Mail Clerk and any one who got mail during this period has touched my hand. If any one out thers has anything or any info that could help me find some of my lost footprints I would think you..." [22JUN99]

Memorial Picture "...FLECK, Bernard A. Retired Shipmate Pix...My Dad graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Coopers Union in 1940 which even by todays standards is at an educational level with the military academies. He was stationed in NAF Natal, Brazil as a co-pilot with VP-83 and VPB-107 from Feb '42 to Aug '43. After NAF Natal, Brazil he went back to NAS Pensacola, Florida with VPB-107 and VPB-114 and did flight training. As a family we were stationed in the early 50's at NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco with FASRON-104. From '58 to '61 my Dad was a pilot with VW-15 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, our family lived on base when the VW-13 flight crashed practicing "touch & goes". I was also aware of the mishap on approach to Greenland when it was so foggy that one of VW-15's flights simply landed short of the runway in the water. That resulted in constant practices of "touch and go's" at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in pilots spare time. I was old enough to know what was going on. I remember my Dad telling me after one flight that his "super connie" was hit 7X's by lightning. And another time landing with 70 knot cross winds. After my Dad completed the (VW-15) Barrier Patrol in the '61 he was stationed in Denvile, NJ as the Naval Rep to Thiokol where the Navy was responsible for the developement of the single "throtlable" solid fuel rocket engine for the X-15. After he retired in late '62 from the Navy he moved to Cape Kennedy and did contract work for Technicolor and NASA during the space race to the Moon. Any and all pics from launch to landing on the moon, in flight video's and coming home were his responsibility to negotiate various contracts...c/o Lee Fleck ljfleck@bellsouth.net..." [06FEB2007]

HAUS, Charles N. scudrunner63@yahoo.com "...I became a Naval Aviator in 1941 and my first tour was in PBM-3's with VP-203 under Captain John Gannon and Jim Reedy. We were based in NS Roosevelt Roads, PR, NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and NAS Trinidad, British West Indies. I then was transferred to NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island and AirAsDevLant which was an anti-submarine testing squadron. We developed rockets, search lights and even worked on the "yahoodi" project with a TBM. I then was transferred to VB-112 and upon wars end joined VB-114 in the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco. I retired from Braniff Airways after 35 years and now instruct pilots for Flight Safety Boeing. I am looking for information on Lance Murphy..." [BIO Updated 12JAN2014 | E-Mail Updated 17NOV2012 | 24JUN2000]

HAWKINS, YN3 Harry E. (Bud) hawkbud@aol.com "...I was a member of VP-114 in November of 1946 thru April 1948. I was a Yeoman 3/c, Serving under Mike Reed Our Squadron Commander. During that period I served at NAS Atlantic City, New Jersey, NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, and NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco. I have often wondered what became of Glen Kunberger (Philadelphia), Hobert Eggclstone, and many others of that period. If any from that period see this please send an E-mail..." [07AUG2001]

HUFFER, ARM2 Harry c/o his son David Huffer dh12915@aol.com "...Searching VPB-114 from 1943 - 1945. I am writing this for my father who does not have a computer. He was in VPB-114 during these years and a first radioman. He is looking for the men who flew with him. LCDR W. Roberson, ENS D. W. Jackson, W. B. Marshall AMM1/C, F. J. Pawlowicz AOM2/C, J. E. Baxley ADM3/C, and A. J. Farrar SEA 1/C. If any of you are out there will you send me an e-mail? I will give it to my father. I think he would love to see you all again. Or if anyone has info on where I can find any of these men also e mail me. Thanks again for making this country safe so now I can live in a free world..." [27FEB2000]

JANNIS, C. Paul User916360@aol.Com "...I served as an Ens. Air Navigator with VPB-114 during the period 1943-45 at sites NAS Norfolk, Virginia, NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, NAS Port Lyautey, French Morocco, Gibraltar, Dunkeswell and the NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal. I had a recent message on answering machine that a Reunion is scheduled for August 29,1999 in Annapolis, Md. I would appreciate confirmation of the date and place from any Squadron member. I would like very much to attend and see some of the old Shipmates..." [10MAR99]

Memorial Picture "...LOUKS, AMM1 James L....My Father, James L. Louks, passed away September 5th, 2007. Dad went to boot camp at NTS, Great Lakes, IL, VPB-114 (FAW-5), VPB-107 (FAW-7), NAS Hutchinson, Kansas (HEadquarters SquaDRON-5). My father spoke often of this time and how proud he was. We have allways been so proud of him. I wanted his fellow service men to know of his passing. He made many trips to the FAW Reunions. The pictures and stories of these travels live on in our hearts and in scrap books left behind. In a lot of ways he never really left that time in his life and cherrished discussion about them. So, I say farewell to my mentor and friend with this post and wish to thank all the People that servre and protect us for harm. God Bless you all! The proudest son of one best Fathers a boy could ever have. I love you Dad. kirks@kirkms.com..." [10SEP2007]

MILLER, S1C(AOM) Jerry jrme@iopener.net "...I served with VPB-114 from 1944 till 1946..." [07APR2001]

PETE, Rudolph J. rudolphpete@yahoo.com "...I had been trained as a plane captain for the Privateer. I became a member of a crew in this squadron late in 1945 while the squadron was temporarily based ashore in Edenton, NC. I was discharged in February 1946..." [17DEC2001]

RICHBOURG, Henry HRichbourg@aol.com "...I served with VPB-114 in north africa and the Azores in 1945-1946. Just wondering if there are still some others out there?..." [12JUL99]

Memorial Picture "...SARNACKI, Vincent F...In today's (11-12-01) edition of the Albany (NY) Times Union an obituary for Vincent F. Sarnacki was published. According to the obituary, he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943 and was an Air Crewman serving with VPB-112 and VPB-114, participating in anti-submarine missions over the North Atlantic during WWII..." Contributed by Frederick R. Miller, PH1, USN Retired joker528@nycap.rr.com [16NOV2001]

WEINBERG, AD2 Larry l_weinberg@bellsouth.net "...I served with VP-114 (1943-1945). We started out in North Africa, then NAF Port Lyautey, Morocco, NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and finally NAF Dunkeswell, Devonshire, England..." [18DEC2010]

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