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WWII Patch, USN, VPB-148 VP-148 VB-148

WWII Patch, USN, VPB-148 VP-148 VB-148

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WWII US Navy Squadron Patch
USN VP-148
USN VPB-148
USN VB-148
Navy Bombing Squadron 148

Navy Patrol Squadron 148
Navy Patrol Bombing Squadron 148
5.5 inches


VB-148 Established: 16 AUG 1943
VPB-148 Redesignated: 01 OCT 1944
VP-148 Redesignated: 15 MAY 1946
VP-148 Disestablished: 15 JUN 1946
NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii


VP-148 Lineage
Established as Bombing Squadron ONE HUNDRED FORTY EIGHT (VB-148) on 16 August 1943.
Redesignated Patrol Bombing Squadron ONE HUNDRED FORTY EIGHT (VPB-148) on 1 October 1944.
Redesignated Patrol Squadron ONE HUNDRED FORTY EIGHT (VP-148) on 15 May 1946.
Disestablished on 15 June 1946.


Squadron Insignia and Nickname
The insignia submitted by the squadron in 1943 for CNO approval depicted a picture of a rabbit with a bomb tied to its back. CNO disapproved this design,
stating “as several other naval aviation activities display insignia with rabbits as their motifs, it is believed that the design having a goat as its central character would be more appropriate.” VB-143 promptly complied and the new insignia design featured a goat with a bomb tied to its back. CNO approved the design on 27 November 1943. Colors: field, lemon yellow; goat, pearl gray; bomb, black with white highlights; rope, light brown.


Chronology of Significant Events

16 Aug 1943–16 Jan 1944: VB-148 was established at NAS Alameda, Calif., as a medium bombing squadron flying the PV-1 Ventura. During its entire
training phase, the squadron remained under the operational control of FAW-8. After forming, the squadron was relocated to a training facility at NAAS Vernalis, Calif., where squadron personnel received ground training. On 3 October, the first Venturas arrived for the flight training phase of the syllabus. Upon completion of the flight training phase, the squadron’s aircraft were flown to the Naval Ordnance Testing Station at Inyokern, Calif., where rocket launcher rails were installed. Training in use of the air-to-ground missiles ran from 31 December 1943 to 16 January 1944. On completion of the rocket attack training, the squadron returned to NAAS Vernalis to begin preparations for transportation to Hawaii.
3–12 Feb 1944: VB-148 loaded its equipment, aircraft and personnel aboard Nehenta Bay (CVE-74) for transport to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The squadron arrived on 10 February and quickly unloaded and reassembled  the aircraft for the short hop to NAS Kaneohe. Training under the operational control of FAW-2 began on 12 February.
20 Mar 1944: VB-148 departed Kaneohe in three aircraft elements for Renard Field, Russell Islands, to relieve VB-140.
3 Apr–May 1944: The squadron was sent to Munda, New Georgia, to provide fighter cover for C-47s carrying paratroops going into New Guinea. From this date until relieved, the squadron came under the operational control of FAW-1. On 14 April, the squadron suffered its first casualty of the tour when Lieutenant William T. Henderson was shot down while overflying the Kahili Airdrome at Bougainville. Henderson ditched the aircraft four miles east of Ballale Island and three of the crew of five were rescued by a Dumbo. The second squadron loss came on
3 May 1944, when Lieutenant William E. Davis and crew were declared missing in action after failing to return from a strike on Bougainville. The squadron remained at Munda until 20 May, when orders were received to relocate to Emirau. Twice daily long-range search and patrol missions to the western Carolines were coordinated with a destroyer squadron and CVE to pinpoint enemy dispositions and to conduct joint attacks against shipping. Two squadron aircraft were credited with downing two enemy twin engine bombers while on patrol.
26 Jul 1944: One of the squadron aircraft spotted a convoy of Japanese vessels while on patrol southwest of Truk. A six-plane strike was organized and subsequent attacks on the convoy resulted in the sinking of four ships totalling 2,200 tons, and the downing of two enemy escort fighters without any losses to the squadron.
22 Oct–15 Dec 1944: VPB-148 was relieved at Emirau by a Royal New Zealand Air Force squadron for return to Kaneohe, arriving there on 31 October. Squadron personnel were put aboard Chenango (CVE-28) on 22 November, for return to the West Coast. After arriving at NAS Alameda, Calif., on 15 December, all hands were reclassified and given home leave.
10 Jan–Apr 1945: VPB-148 was reformed at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., under the operational control of FAW-6. Training in the PV-1 Ventura was commenced on glide bombing, navigation, and advanced instrument flying. The syllabus was completed at the end of April 1945 and the squadron was relocated to NAS Moffett Field, Calif., to await transportation to Pearl Harbor.
30 May–16 Aug 1945: Personnel were loaded aboard Copahee (CVE-12) for transportation to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After arrival on 5 June, the squadron was assigned 15 PV-2 Harpoons at NAS Kaneohe, coming under the operational control of FAW-2. A detachment of six aircraft was formed immediately and sent to Midway Island. A second detachment of three aircraft was flown to Johnston Island. Both detachments engaged in ASW patrols and long range searches in the vicinity of the islands. At NAS Kaneohe, the remainder of the squadron began the combat training syllabus. The detachments returned on 16 August 1945 to NAS Kaneohe to complete their portion of the combat training.
Sep 1945: With the cessation of hostilities the squadron was left with little to do other than routine patrols in the vicinity of the Hawaiian islands.

Aircraft Assignment
PV-1 Oct 1943
PV-2 Jun 1945

Major Overseas Deployments
Date of Date of Base of Type of Area of
Departure Return Wing Operations Aircraft Operations
12 Feb 1944 * FAW-2 Kaneohe PV-1 WestPac
3 Apr 1944 * FAW-1 Munda PV-1 SoPac
20 May 1944 22 Oct 1944 FAW-1 Emirau PV-1 SoPac
5 Jun 1945 * FAW-2 Kaneohe PV-2 WestPac
7 Jun 1945† 16 Aug 1945 FAW-2 Midway PV-2 WestPac
7 Jun 1945† 16 Aug 1945 FAW-2 Johnston Isl. PV-2 WestPac
* Continued combat deployment in the South Pacific, moving from base to base.
† The squadron conducted split detachment deployments to two or more sites on the same dates.

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Product Code: PatchUSN.148.VPB148
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