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WWII Patch, USN, VPB-15

WWII Patch, USN, VPB-15

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WWII US Navy Squadron Patch
USN VPB-15
Navy Patrol Bombing Squadron VPB-15
Walt Disney Design?
6 inches

Design - Flying Black Bat.  Radar / Lightning from bat's ears. Bomb/Torpedo/Depth Charge being dropped

VP-15 Established: 15 MAR 1943
VPB-15 Redesignated: 01 OCT 1944
Disestablished: 23 NOV 1945

VP-15 Flew Coronado aircraft. May 1943 to May 1944;
Locations where the squadron had been deployed: Tanapag Harbor, Saipan; Bermuda; Quonset Point, R.I.; Coco Solo, C.Z.; Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; Kaneohe, Hawaii; and San Diego, Calif.

Lineage
Established as Patrol Squadron FIFTEEN (VP-15) on 15 March 1943.
Redesignated Patrol Bombing Squadron FIFTEEN (VPB-15) on 1 October 1944.
Disestablished on 23 November 1945.

HISTORY OF VPB-15 During World War Two

Now that VJ Day is here, I can tell you a lot of things about what VPB-15 has been doing that we were prohibited by censorship until recently.

To start at the beginning - our squadron was formed at San Diego in April 1943 and after Antisubmarine training course at Quonset, we went to Bermuda. There our job was to escort convoys and conduct long range submarine hunts. Our planes, Consolidated Coronados, are four-engine seaplanes and, when we carried our normal Combat Air Crew of twelve men plus depth charges and .50 cal. Ammunition for our power turrets, our searches ran as high as two thousand miles out and back. And that's a long way.

For the eleven months we were at Bermuda, there was not a single ship lost due to submarine action in our area. Weather was the real problem during the winter months and the only loss of life the squadron has suffered occurred then. We lost eight officers and thirteen men. Several special jobs came up while we were there. The biggest was our assignment to cover the ship carrying President Roosevelt to Casablanca-day and night half way across the Atlantic. Another was the rescue of one of our own crews which went down at sea during a storm - finding them and directing ships to pick them up took real team work.

Then in April 1944, the squadron was sent to the Panama Sea frontier. Our work there was mostly between-----------Corinto., Nicaragua and the Galapagos Islands - searches and patrols to insure the safety of the Canal on. the Pacific side. We stayed there for six months until October 1944 when orders came to report to San Diego. While we were there, two of our crews searched for and found survivors of a Trans-Pacific flight down at sea over 800 miles off the coast and directed a successful rescue of all hands.

After leave and a training period we headed out for the Pacific and active duty again in March 1945. We had a new set of Coronados (PB2Y-5's)- but the same men we started out with two years ago. Our destination was Saipan and our mission was antisubmarine patrol to keep the sea lanes to Okinawa open. Fifteen hour flights , each one covering over a hundred thousand square miles with our search Radar. Not a single ship of the huge invasion and supply convoys was sunk or damaged by a Jap sub in this area during the time we patrolled it. There were special jobs here , too- such as daily reconnaissance of Marcus Island and transport work to Okinawa.

Well, it is all over now. In the two years and five months VPB-15 has been operating we have flown 5 million miles, which is equal to 200 trips around the world. Last week our skipper, Commander R.K.Henderson, had a picture taken of the whole squadron on the wing of our planes.

1 August 1943, administrative control shifted from FAW-5 to FAW-9. Principal duties were to provide ASW, patrol searches and convoy coverage along the eastern seaboard.
21 Apr 1944: VP-15 was transferred to NAS Coco Solo, C.Z., under the operational control of FAW-3. One detachment was deployed to Corinto, Ecuador, and a second to the Galapagos Islands.
15 Oct 1944: VP-15 was transferred NAS San Diego, Calif., under the operational control of FAW-14. The squadron was reformed, training for all hands commenced, and refitting of all equipment was begun in preparation for transfer to the South Pacific.
1 Dec 1944: The squadron’s well-worn PB2Y-3 aircraft were replaced with 15 new PB2Y-5s fresh from the factory.
2 Mar 1945: VPB-15 began the transpac to NAS Kaneohe, Hawaii. All 15 aircraft arrived safely. After a brief period for settling in, the squadron began a period
of intense training in preparation for combat.
12 Apr 1945: The squadron departed Kaneohe for Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, arriving on 15 April, where it commenced daily patrols and antishipping patrols immediately upon arrival. During this period the squadron came under the operational control of FAW-1.
4 May 1945: The Search and Reconnaissance Command was established at NAB Saipan under the operational control of FAW-18. VPB-15 was brought into this command shortly thereafter.
16 May 1945: A detachment of three aircraft was sent to Kerama Rhetto. The remainder of the squadron at Saipan continued long-range patrols, and on 1 July 1945, extended them to Marcus Island. By the end of September 1945 the squadron was based ashore at NAB Saipan, awaiting orders to stand down.
23 Nov 1945: VPB-15 was disestablished at Saipan.

Home Port Assignments
NAS San Diego, Calif. 15 Mar 1943
NAS Bermuda 15 May 1943
NAS Coco Solo, C.Z. 21 Apr 1944
NAS San Diego, Calif. 15 Oct 1944
NAS Kaneohe, Hawaii 2 Mar 1945
NAB Saipan 12 Apr 1945

Commanding Officers
LCDR Samuel M. Pickering 15 Mar 1943
LCDR Ward T. Shields 21 Aug 1943
LCDR R. K. Henderson 26 Nov 1944

Aircraft Assignment
PB2Y-3 Mar 1943
PB2Y-5 Dec 1944

Chronology of Significant Events
15 Mar 1943: VP-15 was established at NAS San Diego, Calif., under the operational control of FAW-14. The squadron was equipped with the PB2Y-3 Coronado four-engine heavy seaplane.
15 May 1943: Upon completion of the squadron shakedown of personnel and equipment, VP-15 was transferred to NAS Bermuda under the operational

Major Overseas Deployments
15 May 1943 21 Apr 1944 FAW-5/9 Bermuda PB2Y-3 Lant
21 Apr 1944 15 Oct 1944 FAW-3 Coco Solo PB2Y-3 Carib
21 Apr 1944* 15 Oct 1944 FAW-3 Corinto PB2Y-3 Pac
21 Apr 1944* 15 Oct 1944 FAW-3 Galapagos PB2Y-3 Pac
2 Mar 1945 12 Apr 1945 FAW-2 Kaneohe PB2Y-5 WestPac
12 Apr 1945 23 Nov 1945 FAW-1/18 Saipan PB2Y-5 SoPac
16 May 1945 23 Nov 1945 FAW-18 Kerama R. PB2Y-5 SoPac
* The deployment dates are for squadron detachments.

Wing Assignments
FAW-14 15 Mar 1943
FAW-5 15 May 1943
FAW-9 1 Aug 1943
FAW-3 21 Apr 1944
FAW-14 15 Oct 1944
FAW-2 2 Mar 1945
FAW-1 12 Apr 1945
FAW-18 4 May 1945

USN VP-15 Crew
VP-15 crew

USN VPB-15 base
VPB-15 at base

for more info and photos see:  http://www.vpnavy.com/vp15_1940.html

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