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WWII Patch, USN, VP-149 VPB-149 VB-149

WWII Patch, USN, VP-149 VPB-149 VB-149

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WWII US Navy Squadron Patch
USN VP-149
USN VPB-149
USN VB-149
Navy Bombing Squadron 149

Navy Patrol Squadron 149
Navy Patrol Bombing Squadron 149
4 7/8 inches


VPB-149 Lineage
Established as Bombing Squadron ONE HUNDRED FORTY NINE (VB-149) on 16 September 1943.
Redesignated Patrol Bombing Squadron Squadron ONE HUNDRED FORTY NINE (VPB-149) on 1 October 1944.
Disestablished on 6 September 1945.


Squadron Insignia and Nickname
The squadron’s only insignia was approved by CNO on 13 June 1945. It was one of many designed by the Disney studio for Navy patrol squadrons during WWII. The insignia featuring a “goose caricatured with a bomb as the body, wearing a battle cap, stepping jauntily from one cloud to another. Duffle bag containing varied bombs was thrown over his left shoulder.”  Colors: cap, deep blue with yellow visor; wings, light ocher; beak and feet, deep orange; eyebrows and pupils, black; eyeballs and collar, white; tie, yellow; bombs, black with yellow fuses; sack, dark tan; clouds, white with blue outlines.


Chronology of Significant Events
16 Sep–Dec 1943
: VB-149 was established at NAS Beaufort, S.C., under the operational control of FAW-5, as a medium bombing squadron flying the PV-1 Ventura. Twelve aircraft were assigned as the squadron complement with three spares. The squadron remained at NAS Beaufort through the end of September getting organized and collecting supplies, equipment, personnel and aircraft. On 6 October, the flight crews flew to NAAS Boca Chica, Fla., for advanced ASW and shakedown training. The squadron was relocated to MCAS Cherry Point, N.C., on 21 November, for operations with the Eastern Sea Frontier in antisubmarine warfare. Concurrent with this reassignment was the transfer of administrative control over the squadron from FAW-5 to FAW-9. On 17 December 1943, the squadron returned to NAS Beaufort, having logged over 2,800 hours of flight timewithout having sighted an enemy submarine.
4 Aug 1944: VB-149 received orders transferring its operations to NAAF Otis Field, Mass., for training in ground school, rocket, fighter affiliation flights, formation flying, torpedo runs, bombing, strafing and use of LORAN and radar gear.
1 Oct 1944: VPB-149 was transferred to NAS Quonset Point, R.I., where the aircraft underwent necessary overhaul and all hands were given 10 days leave prior to assignment in the South Pacific theater of operations.
1 Nov–5 Dec 1944: The squadron departed NAS Quonset Point for NAS Alameda, Calif., with the last aircraft arriving on the 8th. The crews and ground staff began packing for the trip to NAS Kaneohe. On 29 November the entire squadron with its aircraft boarded Wake Island (CVE-65) bound for Hawaii. Upon arrival on 5 December the squadron came under the operational control of FAW-2 and commenced combat training at NAS Kaneohe.
14–31 Dec 1944: Six aircraft and nine crews were detached for duty and training at Midway. While the detachment was away, the remainder of the squadron continued its advanced training in all aspects of bombing, gunnery, jungle survival and navigation.
28 Feb 1945: VPB-149 was transferred to the island of Manus for duty with the Seventh Fleet.
1–27 Mar 1945: VPB-149 was relocated to Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines, as relief for VPB-137. Upon arrival on 10 March the squadron was placed under the operational control of FAW-10. Combat patrols extended to North Borneo, Palawan and eastern Luzon. From 20 to 27 March the squadron conducted daily strikes with 100-pound bombs, rockets and strafing against Japanese troop concentrations in the Negros area.
12 Mar 1945: Lieutenant E. A. Brigham and his crew became lost on patrol and ditched at sea off the west coast of Cebu. They were rescued by Philippine guerrillas and returned to base two days later by a Dumbo PBY-5A. A second PV-1 flown by Lieutenant J. J. Boyd, lost in the same bad weather, went down at sea and all hands were lost.
22 Mar 1945: Lieutenant Commander Charles M. Wood, Jr., and crew failed to return after an attack on Pontevedra Village, Negros, Philippines.
29 Mar 1945: The squadron was transferred to NAB Samar, Philippines. Daily dawn-to-dusk antishipping patrols were conducted in the southern Visayan Islands area through mid-August. Aircraft maintenance and availability was a problem during this period because the CASU had little experience with PV-1 Venturas. The squadron’s own ground staff and aircrew personnel did most of the work.
14 Aug 1945: VPB-149 was relieved for return to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Upon arrival, squadron personnel began preparations to depart for the U.S. aboard Nassau (CVE 16). The ship departed on 21 August and arrived on the 27th.
6 Sep 1945: VPB-149 was disestablished at NAS Alameda, Calif.


Aircraft Assignment
PV-1 Sep 1943

Major Overseas Deployments
29 Nov 44 * FAW-2 Kaneohe PV-1 WestPac
28 Feb 45 * FAW-1 Manus PV-1 SoPac
1 Mar 45 * FAW-10 Leyte PV-1 SoPac
29 Mar 45 14 Aug 45 FAW-10 Samar PV-1 SoPac

Home Port Assignments
NAS Beaufort, S.C. 16 Sep 1943
NAAS Boca Chica, Fla. 6 Oct 1943
MCAS Cherry Point, N.C. 21 Nov 1943
NAS Beaufort, S.C. 17 Dec 1943
NAAF Otis Field, Mass. 3 Aug 1944
NAS Quonset Point, R.I. 1 Oct 1944
NAS Alameda, Calif. 1 Nov 1944
NAS Kaneohe, Hawaii 5 Dec 1944
NAS Alameda, Calif. 27 Aug 1945

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