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WWII Patch, USN, VP-129 VB-129 VPB-129 Alley Oop

WWII Patch, USN, VP-129 VB-129 VPB-129  Alley Oop

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WWII US Navy Squadron Patch
USN VP-129
USN VB-129
Navy Bombing Squadron 129

Navy Patrol Squadron 129
Navy Patrol Bombing Squadron 129
Cartoon Character Alley Oop
6 inches

VPB-129 Established as VB-129 22 Feb 1943
VB-129   Redesignated VPB-129 1 Oct 1944
VPB-129 Disestablished 4 Jun 1945

NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island

VB-129 was established at NAS DeLand, Florida under the operational control of FAW-12, as a medium bombing squadron flying the PV-1  Ventura. The squadron started out with the handicap of having only one pilot who had qualified previously as a patrol plane commander. After completing the customary ground school training, the flight crews were introduced to twin-engine operation in the SNB-1 Kansan, before getting orientation to the more powerful Ventura. The squadron was relocated on 10 May to NAS Boca Chica, Florida  for shakedown and advanced flight training. Maintenance problems were gradually worked out after the newly established HEDRON system was in place and functional. Shakedown training was cut short by operational demands.
30 May 1943: VB-129 was transferred to NAF Natal, Brazil, under the operational control of FAW-16. The squadron hastily departed NAS Boca Chica, Florida in elements of three aircraft, the last arriving at Natal on 5 June. Conditions at NAF Natal, Brazil were at that time very primitive. There was no Navy establishment and the small Army Post Exchange was the only place where basic amenities could be obtained. ASW patrols, convoy escort and barrier sweeps commenced upon arrival. The squadron’s first operational casualty occurred when one of its aircrews failed to return from a routine familiarization flight. Extensive searches of the sector gave no clue to the crew’s fate until a section of wingtip washed up on the beach days later.
15 Jun 1943: The squadron was relocated to NAF Recife, Brazil to continue the ASW patrols, convoy escort and barrier sweeps as before. The base at Recife was still in the process of being set up. The HEDRON was not yet functional and had no shops or adequate berthing facilities. The nearby town of Recife – Pernambuco had more to offer on liberty than Natal, and a strong British presence made American visitors feel welcome.
24 Jul 1943: VB-129 was transferred to NAF Ipitanga, Bahia, Brazil. VPB-129 was the first Navy squadron to use the facility, which had been previously shared by the Army and Pan American Airways. The squadron shared the field with a Brazilian Air Force squadron flying Hudsons (three crews and three aircraft). This squadron and VP-74, a PBM squadron located at NAF Aratu, near the town of Bahia, came under the command of VB-129’s skipper, who was the senior naval officer present. Sweeps were coordinated between the three squadrons. The field had only one airstrip bordered by high sand hills.
7 Feb 1944: VB-129 was relieved for return to NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island under the operational control of FAW-9.

Submarine Sunk: U-604 was scuttled on August 11, 1943 after an attack by a PV-1 of VB-129, July 30, 1943
U-604, 30 July 1943
Type: VIIC Laid Down: 27 February 1941, Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Commissioned: 8 January 1942, Kptlt. Horst Höltring
Commander: January 1942 August 1943, Kptlt. Horst Höltring
Career: Six patrols; assigned: January 1942 July 1942, 5th Flotilla (Kiel); August 1942 August 1943, 9th Flotilla (Brest)
Successes: 6 ships sunk for a total of 39,891 tons

Fate: Lieutenant Commander Thomas D. Davies and crew spotted a fully surfaced submarine during a coastal barrier sweep northeast of Bahia. The U-boat crew attempted to fight it out with 20-mm AA fire, but the bow guns of the Ventura quickly cleared the decks of the submarine, allowing Davies to make a perfect drop with four Mark 47 depth charges athwart the still surfaced U-boat. The submarine, U-601, submerged after the attack then surfaced again at a 60-degree angle with the screws out of the water. The U-boat then submerged again. Later, German prisoners of war indicated that the damage to the U-boat was so severe that it had to be scuttled on 11 August 1943. The U-604 crew was taken aboard U-185 and U-172 (during the sinking of U-185 14 men from U-604 died).

VB/VPB-129: VB-129 established at  NAS DeLand, Florida, 22 February 1943 with PV-1s; redesignated VPB-129, 1 October 1944. To  NAS Boca Chica, Florida, 10 May for advanced training. To Brazil to fly ASW patrols, convoy escort and barrier sweeps while based at  NAF Natal, Brazil, from 5 June; NAF Recife, Brazil, from 15 June; and NAF Ipitanga, Bahia, from 24 July. On 30 July, German submarine U-604 found on the surface northeast of Bahia and attacked with machine guns and four Mark 47 depth charges. Submarine submerged, resurfaced at a 60-degree angle with the screws out of the water, and then submerged again. The boat was so damaged that it was scuttled in the South Atlantic by its crew on 11 August in position 04.30S, 21.20W, and the crew taken aboard the submarines U-185 and U-172. To  NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, 7 February 1944 and trained in the use of HVARs. ASW patrols, convoy escort and convoy sweeps off the U.S. east coast resumed from  NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island on 27 March and continued for the rest of the war. To NAAS Elizabeth City, North Carolina, 4 May [detachments at  NAS New York, New York, 4-11 November and  NAS Brunswick, Maine, 3 December 1944-March 1945]. To  NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island in May 1945 and disestablished 4 June.

   Alley Oop
Alley Oop is a syndicated comic strip, created in 1932 by American cartoonist V. T. Hamlin, who wrote and drew the popular and influential strip through four decades for Newspaper Enterprise Association. Hamlin introduced an engaging cast of characters, and his storylines entertained with a combination of adventure, fantasy and humor.  Alley Oop, the strip's title character, was a sturdy citizen in the prehistoric kingdom of Moo. He rode his pet dinosaur, Dinny, carried a stone war hammer, dressed in nothing but a fur loincloth, and obviously would rather fight dinosaurs in the jungle than deal with his fellow countrymen in Moo's capital (and only) cave-town. In spite of these exotic settings, the stories were often satires of American suburban life.
Characters and story
    * Alley Oop - A time-traveling caveman
    * Ooola - Oop's pretty girlfriend
    * Foozy - Oop's pal, who talks in rhyme
    * Dinny - Oop's pet dinosaur
    * King Guzzle - Ruler of Moo
    * Queen Umpateedle - Queen of Moo
    * The Grand Wizer - Advisor to the king
    * Dr. Wonmug - 20th century scientist / inventor
    * G. O. Boom - Rival / partner to Wonmug
The first stories took place in the Stone Age, and centered on Alley Oop's dealings with his fellow cavemen in the kingdom of Moo. Oop and his pals had occasional skirmishes with the rival kingdom of Lem, ruled by King Tunk. The names Moo and Lem are references to the fabled lost continents of Mu and Lemuria.
On April 5, 1939, Hamlin introduced a new plot device, which greatly expanded his choice of plot lines: a time machine, invented by the 20th century scientist Dr. Elbert Wonmug, who bore a rather suspicious resemblance to the Grand Wizer. The name Wonmug was a bilingual pun on Albert Einstein; "ein" is German for "one", and a "stein" is a form of drinking mug. Suddenly abducted to the 20th century by an early test of the machine, Oop was hardly upset by the incident and apparently did not find modern society to be any different from his own. He then became Dr. Wonmug's man in the field, embarking on expeditions to various periods and places in history, such as Ancient Egypt, the England of Robin Hood and the American Old West. Oop met such historical or mythical figures as Cleopatra, King Arthur and Ulysses in his adventures. In addition to the time machine, other science fiction devices were introduced into the strip. Oop once drove an experimental electric-powered race car, and in the 1940s he traveled to the moon. In his adventures he was often accompanied by his girlfiend Ooola, and by the sometimes villainous, sometimes heroic G. Oscar Boom (G.O. Boom), Dr. Wonmug's rival and occasional partner. A new lab assistant, Ava, joined the cast in recent years.
Publication history
Alley Oop's name derived from the "let's go" phrase allez, hop!, used as a cue by French gymnasts and trapeze artists. Initially, Alley Oop was a daily strip which had a run from December 5, 1932 to April 26, 1933. Beginning August 7, 1933, the strip was distributed by NEA syndicate, and the early material was reworked for a larger readership. The strip added a Sunday full page, on September 9, 1934. It also appeared in half page, tabloid and half tab formats, which were smaller and/or dropped panels. During World War II, the full page vanished due to the drive to conserve paper, and newspapers were offered a third of a page version that dropped panels, so more strips could fit on a page.
  from Wikipedia

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