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WWII Patch, USN, VPB-2, Donald Duck chasing Nazi Submarine

WWII Patch, USN, VPB-2, Donald Duck chasing Nazi Submarine

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WWII US Navy Squadron Patch
USN VPB-2
Navy Patrol Bomber Squadron 2
USN Navy, East Coast / Gulf of Mexico Submarine Hunter Squadron/Training Squadron
Walt Disney Design - Donald Duck grabbing Nazi Submarine by the tail. Donald wearing a USN life vest.
5.75 inches

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VPB-2 Operational Training Unit (OTU)
  • VPB-2 OTU 1 NAS Jacksonville, Florida (AUG 1942 - JAN 1946)
  • VPB-2 OTU 2 NAS Melbourne, Florida (OCT 1942 - FEB 1946)
  • VPB-2 OTU 2 NAS Jacksonville, Florida (APR 1943 - AUG 1944)
  • VPB-2 OTU 3 NAS Banana River, Florida
  • VPB-2 OTU 4 NAS Jacksonville, Florida (SEP 1944)

  • During WWII VPB-2 was a training squadron on the East Coast that operated 3 OTUs (Operational Training Units).
    VPB-2 OTU 1 operated out of NAS Jacksonville, Florida and trained pilots and combat aircrewmen in the PBY Catalina.
    VPB-2 OTU 2 operated out of NAS Melbourne, Florida. The Station was used for training newly commissioned Navy and Marine pilots. Commissioned as Operational Training Unit 2 on October 20, 1942 and closed on February 15, 1946.
    VPB-2 OTU 3 operated out of NAS Banana River, Florida and trained in the PBM Mariners.
    There were also Operational Training Units at 17 other stations units in Florida, Texas and other places...
    There were OTUs in all types of squadrons: VP, VPB, VB, VF, VTB, VS, LSOs, etc...

    VPB-2's base was situated on the barrier island just south of the town of Cocoa-Beach, Florida. After opening on Oct. 1, 1940, the Navy sent the first of 6 training PBMs to the NAS. (Some of the first, as we only had 20 at the time of Pearl Harbor). Training also became ASW combat patrol with the outbreak of WWII (for us) on Dec. 7, 1941. The PBMs were replaced by a scouting squadron of OS2Us (VS-39) in March 1942. This allowed the PBMs to return to a training mission, which actually became dual training/ASW as the Battle of the Atlantic with German submarines continued until May 8, 1945. In 1942, VPB-2 Operational Training Unit 3, was formed. Eventually the squadron had 47 PBM aircraft, and operated as a unit of Fleet Air Wing 12. The overall command was the Naval Air Operational Training Command. PBM operational training continued until Nov. 30, 1945, when the post war organization was set up, and OTU-3 became ATU-3 (Advanced Training Unit). The loss of 2 aircraft, one in July, and one in Dec., 1945 are described elsewhere on the in-memorium page for VP-2.
    (Also see on-line "The Devil's Triangle","Flight-19", and "NAS Fort Lauderdale").

    This base was the major training and operations base for the PBM Martin Mariner in the US. Operations were conducted via Cat Cay, and Great Exhuma, in the Bahamas, and other facilities in the Caribbean, as the PBMs had a great operational range. There were many other training facilities at Banana River: Project Baker- an experimental training unit tested 12 different types of Navy aircraft;- an Air Bomber Training Unit (ABTU) with 57 PBYs and SNJs for training of enlisted Air Bombers and Master Horrizontal Bombers; a supply base for Daytona Beach, Vero Beach and Melbourne, Florida outlying stations;- an Overhaul/Assembly and Repair Unit (O&R);- a Blimp Lighter than Air detachment;- a Loran Aviation Navigation Training Unit;- and a Headqurters squadron of the Fleet Air Wing. It had a full regimental type Navy Band (which doubled as an orchestra)- and a small contingent of German POWs (the bulk of whom were at NAS Melbourne, Florida).

    Total aircraft at the base peaked at 278, and complement consisted of 587 civilians, 391 officers and 2492 enlisted men. The base closed on Sept. 4, 1947, reverting to the US Air Force on Sept. 1, 1948. Today it is home to Patrick Air Force Base, and the USAF Eastern Space and Missle Center.



    for more info see: VPNavy.ORG

    Price: $150.00


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