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WWII Patch, USN, VP-211 VPB-211 Dumbo LEATHER

WWII Patch, USN, VP-211 VPB-211 Dumbo  LEATHER

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WWII US Navy Squadron Patch - LEATHER
USN VP-211
USN VPB-211
Navy Patrol Squadron 211
Navy Patrol Bombing Squadron 211
Walt Disney Design - Dumbo the elephant
4.25 inches


VPB-211 Lineage
Established as Patrol Squadron TWO HUNDRED ELEVEN (VP-211) on 15 February 1943.
Redesignated Patrol Bombing Squadron TWO HUNDRED ELEVEN (VP-211) on 1 October 1944.
Disestablished on 14 June 1945.


Chronology of Significant Events

15 Feb 1943: VP-211 was established at NAS Norfolk, Va., as a medium seaplane squadron flying the PBM-3C Mariner under the operational control of FAW-5. Training continued at Norfolk through May. Shakedown training was conducted at NAAS Elizabeth City, N.C., commencing on 21 May 1943.
7 Aug 1943: Lieutenant (jg) E. C. Scully and crew attacked and damaged a surfaced U-boat off the coast near Elizabeth City, N.C. On the first and second bomb run, the bomb release malfunctioned. By the third bombing run the submarine was below the surface. The manual release was used and the U-boat was blown back to the surface. Lieutenant (jg) Scully made several strafing passes on the damaged submarine, but one after another of his aircraft’s machine guns froze up until only the tail gun, firing single shots, remained. By this time the heavy AA fire from the U-boat had severely damaged the hull of the Mariner. Scully was forced to leave the area before leaking fuel tanks forced him down. He managed to land safely and beach the aircraft on a spit of sand before it sank.
25 Aug 1943: A detachment of eight crews was sent to NAS Quonset Point, R.I., for advanced ASW warfare training at AsDevLant, returning on 25 September.
27 Sep 1943: VP-211 received orders to deploy to NAF Aratu, Bahia, Brazil. The squadron’s last section of four aircraft arrived at Aratu on 16 October and relieved VP-74, coming under the operational control of FAW-16. VP-211 became a part of Task Force 44, an integral part of the Fourth Fleet. A detachment of six aircraft was maintained at Governor’s Island, NAF Galeao, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, due to the distance of Aratu from the “slot” where U-boat hunting was so abundant. The slot was the area where the U-boats traversed the Atlantic from north to south via a regular route. On 12 November the squadron shifted its headquarters to Galeao for a three-month period, leaving a three-aircraft detachment at Aratu. NAF Galeao, while nearer to the hunting area, had primitive living conditions and frequently was shrouded in early morning fog. The squadron’s first searchlight mission was conducted in February, and from that time on, nearly all of the squadron’s patrols were conducted at night.
Jan 1944: The squadron’s 14 to 16 hour patrols began to take their toll on the aircraft. Maintenance facilities in the area were very basic, so engine changes were made at sea off Florianapolis, Brazil. Engine changes were made in four sections of three aircraft each, with one Mariner undergoing the change, while the second stood by to assist in the maintenance, with the third hauling supplies, gasoline, personnel and food.
12 Jan 1944: The squadron suffered its first operational loss during a training exercise when Ensign Thomas E. Donahue and crew P-8 dropped a depth charge from too low an altitude. The munitions exploded near the tail, causing the plane to crash and burn. Crew P-4 landed immediately and rescued five critically injured survivors from the water.
10 Jun 1944: VP-211 was relocated to NAF Natal, Brazil, the equal of Galeao in terms of primitive living conditions. In addition, the operating area of the seaplane base at NAF Parnamirim Field was located on the Potengy River 18 miles down river from the crews’ quarters. The primary duties while at this location consisted of barrier sweeps, which were plots predicated on the relative movement of German submarines conducted at distances approximately 800 miles from base.
28 Sep 1944: Crew P-4 located a surfaced U-boat by radar and was driven off by the heavy AA fire before an attack could be made. An accurate fix on the location of the submarine was made, and on 29 September two VB-107 aircraft flown by Lieutenants E. A. Krug and J. T. Burton made a coordinated attack on U-863, Kapitänleutnant Dietrich von der Esch commanding. The U-boat was found in the same vicinity as the sighting made by VP-211 on the previous day. The sinking was confirmed by postwar review of enemy records.
29 Sep 1944: VP-211 was reduced in size from 12 aircraft to 9; these aircraft and personnel were sent to join VPB-98 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas.
21 Nov 1944: The squadron’s second operational loss occurred when Lieutenant Robert H. Lind and crew P-2, while on patrol between Natal and Aratu, encountered a violent thunderstorm and crashed into the sea, losing all hands.
Jan 1945: VPB-211 was temporarily based aboard Matagorda (AVP 22) at Bahia Bay to assist in the training of the ship’s crew in handling seaplanes at advanced bases.
Feb 1945: VPB-211 was temporarily based aboard Rehoboth (AVP 50) at Bahia Bay to assist in the training of the ship’s crew in handling seaplanes at advanced bases.
1–31 Mar 1945: The squadron was temporarily based aboard Rockaway (AVP 29) for advanced base training.
Apr 1945: VPB-211 was based aboard Humboldt (AVP 21) at Bahia Bay to assist in the training of the ship’s crew in handling seaplanes at advanced bases. The squadron personnel speculated that all this training might be in preparation for the imminent transfer of VPB-211 to the Pacific theater of operations.
16 May 1945: Convoy patrols were discontinued. On 24 May orders were received to turn over the squadron’s aircraft to HEDRON-11 at NAS San Juan, P.R., and proceed to NAS Norfolk, Va., for disestablishment.
14 Jun 1945: VPB-211 was disestablished at NAS Norfolk, Va.


Major Overseas Deployments
27 Sep 1943 * FAW-16 Aratu PBM-3S SoLant
16 Oct 1943 * FAW-16 Galeao PBM-3S SoLant
10 Jun 1944 * FAW-16 Natal PBM-3S SoLant
Jan 1945 - Apr 1945 FAW-16 Bahia Bay PBM-3S SoLant     Matagorda (AVP 22), Rehoboth (AVP 50), Rockaway (AVP 29), Humboldt (AVP 21)
* Continued combat deployment in South Atlantic, moving from base to base.


Home Port Assignments
NAS Norfolk, Va. 15 Feb 1943
NAAS Elizabeth City, N.C. 21 May 1943
NAF Aratu, Bahia, Brazil 27 Sep 1943
NAF Galeao, Brazil 12 Nov 1943
NAF Aratu, Bahia, Brazil Jan 1944
NAF Natal, Brazil 10 Jun 1944
Bahia Bay, Brazil 1 Jan 1945
NAS Norfolk, Va. 24 May 1945

Aircraft Assignment
PBM-3C May 1943
PBM-3S Jun 1943

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