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WWII Patch, USN, VPB-125 VP-125

WWII Patch, USN, VPB-125 VP-125

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WWII US Navy Squadron Patch
USN VP-125
Navy Patrol Squadron 125

Navy Patrol Bombing Squadron 125
Walt Disney Design
4.25 x 5.75 inches

NAS Elizabeth City, NC
VP-20 Established: 01 SEP 1938
VP-44 Redesignated: 01 JUL 1940
VP-61 Redesignated: 06 JAN 1941
VP-82 Redesignated: 01 JUL 1941
VB-125 Redesignated: 01 MAR 1943
VPB-125 Redesignated: 01 OCT 1944
VPB-125 Disestablished: 08 JUN 1945

VPB-125: VP-61, VP-82 (w) Operated Consolidated PBY Catalina: March 1941-September 1942
VB/VPB-125 = Lockheed PV-1 Ventura / PV-2 Harpoon - converted to PV-1 in September 1942
Location: Atlantic and Caribbean

Submarine Sunk by Patrol Squadron VP-125  During World War II
U-174, 27 April 1943
Type: IXC Laid Down: 2 January 1941, AG Weser, Bremen
Commissioned: 26 November 1941,
Career: Assigned: November 1941 July 1942, 4th Flotilla (Stettin); July 1942 April 1943, 10th Flotilla (Lorient)
Fate: Sunk 27 April 1943, south of Newfoundland, in position 43°35'N, 56°18'W, by U.S. bombs. 53 dead (entire crew lost). A VP-125 aircraft attacked U-174 on the surface near Cape Race. The U-boat heavily damaged the PV-1 Ventura with its 20-mm AA guns before sinking.

Citations For Award of The Navy Cross
Thomas Kinaszczuk - Awarded for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant [then Lieutenant, Junior Grade] Thomas Kinaszczuk, United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Commander of a Navy Patrol Plane in Patrol-Bombing Squadron ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE (VPB-125), in offensive action against an enemy submarine off Cape Race, Newfoundland, on 27 April 1943. Sighting the fully surfaced hostile craft proceeding at high speed to intercept the convoy he was covering, Lieutenant Kinaszczuk skillfully maneuvered his plane for maximum striking power and pressed home a bold and determined attack in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire. Despite damage to his plane, he continued his assault with devastating force and, when the submarine attempted to submerge, accurately released four bombs from the extremely low altitude of 25 feet, completely destroying the craft before she could escape. Lieutenant Kinaszczuk's superb airmanship, grim determination and courageous devotion to duty in the face of grave peril were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
      General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 338 (May 1945)
      Action Date: 27-Apr-43
      Company: Patrol-Bombing Squadron 125 (VPB-125)
      Date of birth: 21-Oct-20
      Place of Birth: Elizabeth, New Jersey            Home of record: Elizabeth, New Jersey

"I reported to VP-125 on 5 Feb 1944 fresh out of PV-1 operational training at  NAS Beaufort, South Carolina. The C.O. was Lcdr W. A. Smyth and the squadron was based at NAS Boca Chica, FL. Lcdr Robert J. Slagle assumed command in Aug 1944 and Lcdr Joseph E. Gibbs in Feb 1945. I had my first squadron flight on 6 Feb 1944 in PV-1 BUNO 33383. We patrolled the Florida Straits. The squadron had a 2 or 3 plane detachment at San Julian, Cuba which patrolled the Caribbean and the Gulf....The entire squadron was moved to San Julian in May 1944 and then to Natal, Brazil in Feb 1945 with a 1 a/c detachment at Ascension Island and 1 a/c at Fernando Island....The squadron departed Natal on 4 May 1945 enroute to Quonset Point for decommissioning with a stopover in Elizabeth City, NC to turn in the aircraft. Officer personnel were transported on 5 June 1945, via PBM-3A BUNO 6649, to Quonset for reassignment....We lost two aircraft with only 1 fatality during my tour with the squadron and both of those were out of San Julian." - George Marshall
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