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WWII Patch, USN, VP-210 VPB-210

WWII Patch, USN, VP-210 VPB-210

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WWII US Navy Squadron Patch
USN VP-210
Navy Patrol Squadron 210
Navy Patrol Bombing Squadron 210
3.75 x 6.75 inches

VPB-210 Lineage
Established as Patrol Squadron TWO HUNDRED TEN (VP-210) on 15 January 1943.
Redesignated Patrol Bombing Squadron TWO HUNDRED TEN (VPB-210) on 1 October 1944.
Disestablished on 10 July 1945.

Squadron Insignia
The insignia for VP/VPB-210 was approved by CNO on 18 August 1944. The design was drawn up after the squadron had been in service for a year with 17 of its
members killed in action. The symbolism was “ . . . wings of the naval aviators to provide a dignified symbolic background. . . . Crossed behind the wings is the dreaded flatnose bomb, with which the antisubmarine patrols deliver their deadly blows. The two cards, in addition to representing the squadron numbers, are the best possible hand that can be held playing Casino. The black of the deuce of spades represents the night, in which most of our squadron operations have been carried out, and the red of the ten of diamonds represent the blood of our squadron members who have died for their country.” Colors: bomb, gray with black outlines; wings, gold; two of spades, black and white; ten of diamonds, red and white.

Chronology of Significant Events
15 Jan 1943: VP-210 was established at NAS Norfolk, Va., as a medium seaplane squadron flying the PBM-3C Mariner under the operational control of FAW-5. Ground training for the squadron continued through April, with aircraft familiarization training given with crews alternating at Banana River, Fla. Ground and flight training was completed in August, and the squadron was transferred to NAS Quonset Point, R.I., on 9 August for advanced antisubmarine training. Training was completed with shakedown at NAAS Harvey Point, N.C., from 25 August through 10 September 1943.
11 Aug 1943: The first section of six VP-210 aircraft was transferred to NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Duties consisted of convoy coverage, antisubmarine sweeps and rescue missions. The squadron’s first casualties occurred on the 18th, when Lieutenant (jg) Joseph P. Willetts and his crew crashed while training with a friendly submarine 12 miles south of Montauk Point, Long Island. All hands were lost.
12 Oct 1943: Lieutenant (jg) Daniel T. Felix, Jr., and the crew of P-9 made a radar contact at night with a surface target during coverage of the Guantanamo-Trinidad convoy. The U-boat submerged after flares were dropped, but reappeared a second time. Lieutenant Felix and his crew were opposed by intense AA fire from the submarine, which submerged again before a bombing attack could be made.
Oct–Dec 1943: A three-aircraft detachment of USAAF 23d Antisubmarine Squadron (Heavy) was attached to VP-210 for ASW operations in the Caribbean. This detachment flew the B-25 Mitchell medium bomber equipped with 75-mm cannon. The PBM aircraft of VP-210 were to locate the U-boats and illuminate them with flares for the B-25s. Unfortunately, no enemy contacts developed to test the effectiveness of this unique tactic.
1 Nov 1943: A five-aircraft detachment was based at Great Exuma, B.W.I., remaining until relieved by VP-32 in December. The detachment relieved VP-32 again from 30 June through 23 August 1944.
26 May 1944: Lieutenant J. F. Slavic and his crew made a forced landing during patrol due to a loose engine cowling. After landing safely and securing the cowl, the aircraft lost one engine during the takeoff. In the subsequent crash, the crew safely exited the sinking aircraft. All hands were rescued after 11 hours.
1 Jul 1944: Lieutenant Francis Gerli collided with the crash boat during takeoff at Great Exuma, B.W.I., resulting in an explosion which destroyed the boat and the aircraft. Six personnel in the aircraft were killed in the accident, with five more seriously injured.
4 Oct 1944: The squadron was reduced from 12 aircraft to 9 aircraft, with 14 combat aircrews. Personnel and aircraft detached from the squadron were sent to VPB-99.
Nov 1944: Two VPB-210 Mariners were fitted with two L8 searchlights apiece. Four of the squadron’s crews were given training in use of the lights.
17 Jun–10 Jul 1945: Operations were discontinued at NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and preparations were begun for disestablishment of the squadron. Aircraft were flown to NAS San Juan, P.R., and turned over to HEDRON-11. On 2 July 1945, the entire squadron boarded Rehoboth (AVP 50) for transportation to NAS Norfolk, Va. On 10 July 1945, the squadron was disestablished.

Major Overseas Deployments

11 Aug 43 17 Jun 45 FAW-11 Guantanamo PBM-3S Carib
1 Nov 43 23 Aug 44 FAW-11 Great Exuma PBM-3S Carib

Home Port Assignments
NAS Norfolk, Va. 15 Jan 1943
NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba 11 Aug 1943
NAS Norfolk, Va. 2 Jul 1945

Aircraft Assignment
PBM-3C Feb 1943
PBM-3S Aug 1943

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