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WWII Patch, USN, VP-200 VPB-200 VB-200

WWII Patch, USN, VP-200 VPB-200 VB-200

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WWII US Navy Squadron Patch
USN VP-200
USN VPB-200
USN VB-200
Navy Bombing Squadron 200

Navy Patrol Squadron 200
Navy Patrol Bombing Squadron 200
4 7/8 inches


VPB-200 Lineage
Established as Bombing Squadron TWO HUNDRED (VB-200) on 1 April 1944.
Redesignated Patrol Bombing Squadron TWO HUNDRED (VPB-200) on 1 October 1944.
Disestablished on 24 October 1945.


Squadron Insignia and Nickname
The insignia in the squadron history file has no record of formal CNO approval and appears to date from around the time the squadron was redesignated
VPB-200 in October 1944. The circular design featured a head-on view of a generic cartoon patrol landplane with the cockpit as eyes, the nose turret as nostrils and wings as arms carrying a telescope and large bomb. A sailor’s white hat was perched on top of the face and a set of earphones adorning the grimacing features. Lightning bolts emanated from the radome.


Chronology of Significant Events

1 Apr 1944: VB-200 was established at NAS Kaneohe, Hawaii, as a combat replacement unit providing instruction on multiengine patrol aircraft. The personnel and equipment for the new squadron were drawn from the HEDRON Multiengine Replacement Unit, FAW-2. The squadron’s primary duties included training replacement crews, ferrying aircraft and stand-by offshore patrol for ASW and rescue work. Sections of the squadron operated on Johnston and Midway islands for rescue duties. Training squadrons like VB-200 (later VPB-200) and VP-200 (later VPB-100) trained fresh crews arriving from the U.S. in their final phases of combat training before being sent into the combat zone. VB-200 trained crews in land-based aircraft such as the PB4Y-1 Liberator, PB4Y-2 Privateer and PV-1 Ventura.
Oct 1944: The training squadrons at NAS Kaneohe, Hawaii, initially worked with intact squadrons destined for combat deployments. In October 1944 the policy was changed to keep squadrons in the operational areas while sending in new crews to replace combat losses and crews due for rotation based on time-in-theater points.
May 1945: VPB-200 conducted experiments for BuAer in picking up mail with hooks from surface vessels towing kites and balloons. Several successful trials were conducted but the method did not become a standard operating procedure throughout the fleet.
24 Oct 1945: VPB-200 was disestablished at NAS Kaneohe, Hawaii.

Home Port Assignments
NAS Kaneohe, Hawaii 1 Apr 1944

Aircraft Assignment
PV-1 Apr 1944
PB4Y-1 Apr 1944
PB4Y-2 Aug 1944
PV-2 Jan 1945

Price: $115.00


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