From March 15th, 1942, two planes at a time have been send to Alameda for radar installation.


April-May 1942, Transitional Training Unit




June 1942- back to Cold Bay

3 June 1942: 42-P-6 7282 was damaged by two Japanese single float biplane fighters, and landed at sea out of fuel. Crew of Lt.(jg) Campbell was picked up by the USS NEMAHA. The plane was sunk by the fire from NEMAHA after futile attempts to tow it.

Lt Boyle in 42-P-11 fought 2 Japanese F1Ms.


4 June 1942: 

42-P-5 7281 piloted by Lt C. E. Perkins reported Japanese fleet 160 miles southwest of Otter Point.

The Japanese began arriving at 1755 and caught Ens. Albert E. Mitchell’s PBY in 42-P-4 04436 enroute from Cold Bay to Dutch Harbor. The plane was shot by enemy fighter, and went down in flames at Egg Island, Beaver Inlet, Unalaska Island. Few survivors had embarked in a rubber boat and been killed by enemy aircraft MG fife. Ens. Joseph M. Tuttle, MM3c Frank G. Schadl, AMM2c Wheeler H. Rawls, ARM3c Richard N. Sparks, S2c James D. Pollitt, and ARM3c James B. Strom

Late morning on 4 June 42, the second day of the Battle of Dutch Harbor, Ensign Freerks flying PBY 41-P-11 made radar and visual contact with the Japanese carrier fleet.  During Ens Freerks' patrol the seas were too rough for the Japanese combat air patrol to launch from their carriers.  Lieutenant (jg) Stockstill flying PBY 42-P-11 relieved Ens Freerks and trailed the Japanese carriers.  Soon after the weather had cleared, and the Zeros had launched, intercepted and shot down PBY 42-P-11 in flames.  Lt (jg) Stockstill and his crew were lost at sea: AP1c Henry M. Mitchell, AM1c Cyril A. Day, ARM3c Glen E. Ray, ARM3c Oscar J. Alford, S1c David D. Secord, S1c Frank E. Birks, and AP1c M.B. Dawson.


11 June 1942:

Navy Lt Clark A. Hood, an experienced pilot from VP-42 joined Lieutenant Todd’s B-24 crew to provide assistance since he was familiar with Aleutian flying plus his ability to identify Japanese ships.  Lieutenant Hood had boarded another B-24 at Cold Bay when he learned that the Aldis lamp used for recognition signals was not working in Captain Todd’s B-24. When they got at Otter Point, Umnak to load bombs and refuel before heading for Kiska, they were able to fix the lamp, and Lieutenant Hood boarded Captain Todd’s aircraft. Captain Jack F. Todd decided to make a low-level attack from the west crossing over the saddle into the harbor area.  The Japanese had sited anti-aircraft positions around the harbor.  The guns plus ones on the ships in the harbor opened up.  A round struck the right wing of Captain Todd’s B-24D, 41-1088. The bomber broke apart in mid-air and tumbled into the hill side near Trout Lagoon.


19 June 1942: Lt(jg) Donley in 42-P-9 rescued six survivors of Capt. Wintermute’s B-24 crew after their firs bombing mission to Kiska. On return flight they got lost in fog, exhausted the fuel after 14 hours in the air, and crash-landed in the sea. Two crew members drowned.

Lt (jg) R. Donley received the Award of the Air Medal from the Army for this rescue mission. 

Lt (jg) Campbell in 04408 42-P-4(R) lost both propellers during attempted takeoff in high waves after examining wreckage of B-26 at the beach of Bristol Bay north of Port Moller. The crew hiked down to Port Moller after spending a night on the beach. The plane was towed to Port Moller by boat for salvage.

1 July 1942:

8 PBY-5A at Cold Bay

24 July 1942:

Navy Patrol Squadron VP-62 with eight PBY-5A amphibian Catalinas arrived to replace VP-42.  The squadron was followed by the seaplane tender Teal (AVP-5) two days later and the World War I era Clemson class flush deck destroyer Kane (DD-235) shortly afterwards.

30 July 1942: Lieutenant David A. Brough in 42-P-10 BuNo 7291, spotted the seaplane tenders Gillis (AVD-12) and Williamson (AVD-2), and attempted to land near them, thinking they were still in Nazan Bay, Atkta Island.  He landed instead on the open sea where the PBY smashed into the waves and sank.  The seaplane tender crews pulled three survivors from the sea: M.W. Schreck, AMM2c, J.H. Chestnutt, ARM3c, R.N. Gebhardt, AMM3c. The following died: Lt (jg) David A. Brough, Ens. Lloyd J. Mills, Ens. Louis M. Love (three bodies recovered), Alexander L. Cameron, AMM1c and William Small, ARM1c (bodies were not recovered).

3 August 1942:

10 PBY-5A’s commanded by Squadron CO Comdr James S. Russell departed Cold Bay for the home base in Sand Point, WA.


22 August 1942:

the squadron returned for duty to Kodiak from Sand Point relieving VP-41

Lt. R.L.Donley was transferred to OTU FAW6 in September 1942. 


November 1942-January 1943:

VP-42 under OTU FAW6

The Naval Air Station at Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington, became operational in early 1943.  Shortly after 1 January 1943, pilots and crews were gradually assigned to the station for operational training in the Consolidated PBY. Flight instruction was under the direction of Lt. Robert L. Donley, Lt. Marshall Freerks, Lt. J.A. Lindgruen, Lt. Jones and several others, all of whom had previous flight experience in the Aleutians, and enemy action at Dutch Harbor.

24 January 1943:

VP-42 transferred its Catalinas as follows:

Two to VP-62

One to VP-43

One to Hedron

The squadron flight crews departed for Naval Air Station Sand Point, Lake Washington, Seattle, WA, where its crews began transitioning into the Lockheed PV-1 Ventura at nearby Ault Field, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA.

15 February 1943:

VP-42 was re-designated VB-135

21 April 1943: 

VP-45 was commissioned. Lt. Robert L. Donley was placed in Command. The squadron was ordered to report to Pat Wing Four Commander Cmdr. Leslie Gehres on the island of Adak in the Aleutians, leaving NAS Sand Point, Seattle on that same day. 

BuNos and squadron codes:  (from Robert Donley’s logbook and from  Squadron documents)


42-P-2 To Dutch Harbor for radar repair 7 July


42-P-4 04436 shot down 4 June 1942

42-P-4(R) 034408 Lost both propellers in the surf 19 June 1942, crew OK. 

42-P-5 7281 4 June Lt C. E. Perkins reported Japanese fleet 160 miles southwest of Otter Point. Bottom of the plane damaged in landing at Atka 11 June 1942, repaired between June 15 and June 30

42-P-6 7282 damaged by Japanese fighter 3 June 42, landed at sea out of fuel, and sank. Crew of Lt.(jg) Campbell was picked up by the USS NEMAHA

42-P-7 7293

42-P-8 20V?

42-P-9 19 June 1942 six survivors of Capt. Wintermute’s B-24 crew have been rescued by a PBY 42-P-9 piloted by Lt(jg) Donley

42-P-10 7291 crashed while landing in rough sea 30 July 1942, Lt (jg) David A. Brough. 3 survivors.

42-P-11 3 June Lt Boyle fought 2 Japanese F1Ms. 4 June 1942 Lt (jg) Gene Stockstill crashed into the slope of Kiska volcano, all killed. Wreckage was found 60 years later.

42-P-11(R) 7285 23V damaged on the ground 31 July 1942 by Army P-40 (port wing sheared off). 11 Oct 1942 attacked Japanese freighter (Ens. L.T. Nuss)

42-P-12 Front landing gear malfunction 5 July, forced to proceed to Dutch Harbor for repair and land on water there.


2307 Sep 41

2322 July 41

2323 June 41

2352 May 41

2353 May 41

2356 May 41

2364 July 41

2365 July 41

2369 Sep 41

2389 Oct 41

2406 Jan 42

2407 Nov 41

2408 Nov 41

2409 Nov 41

2410 Nov 41


04287 June 42

04401 May 42

04402 June 42

04408 42-P-4(R) Lost both propellers 19 June 1942 during attempted takeoff in high waves. Plane was towed to Port Moller by boat for salvage.

04419 (marked by Donley as 0419; 7 October 1943)

04436 42-P-4 shot down by the Japanese fighters 4 June 1942. Ens. Albert E. Mitchell and crew. 

04438 Aug 42–Feb 43. 8 Feb 1943 water-looped on landing and sank by NAS Whidbey Island (OTU FAW-6)

04444 (PBY-5) Apr 43; to Hedron in July 1943. Ex VP-43 or VP-61 aircraft, underwent major hull repair after storm 11/20/42

04465 (PBY-5) Jan, Mar 43 (ex-VP-61); to Hedron in July 1943

04470 Mar 43 Crashed during landing and sank 1 May 1943 off Mukilteo, WA. 1 missing, 4 injured (VP-FAW-6)

04475 Water-looped and sank on landing at NAS Whidbey Island, 6 March 1943. 4 killed.

04477 Salvaged after sustaining damage on take-off 27 Sept 1942 (VP-61)

05024 (PBY-5A) to Hedron in July 1943

7270 (PBY-5A) 

7272 Lost either 13 Nov 42 or 10 Dec 42 (DC)


7282 42-P-6 was damaged by Japanese fighters 3 June 1942, landed at sea 65 miles west of Scotch Cap, out of fuel, and sank. 

7285 42-P-11(R) 23V damaged on the ground 31 July 1942 by Army P-40 (port wing sheared off). 11 Oct 1942 attacked Japanese freighter (Ens. L.T. Nuss)

7291 42-P-10 crashed while landing in rough sea 30 July 1942, Lt (jg) David A. Brough and crew KIA, 3 survivors

7293 42-P-7


04400 Sep 42-. Nose wheel failure on landing in Kodiak 2 December 1942 (VP-62); repaired by Hedron. Transferred to VP-43 14 December 1942. Per DC, lost off Adak 23 July 1943 while flying with VP-61. No confirmation in FAW diaries.

04438 8 Feb 1943 water-looped on landing and sank by NAS Whidbey Island (OTU FAW-6)

7272 Lost either 13 Nov 42 or 10 Dec 42 (DC)

04464 Oct 42– Mar 43

04420 Oct 42-


04404 (PBY-5)

04438 (PBY-5)

04441 (PBY-5)

04464 (PBY-5)





04475  water-looped on landing NAS Whidbey Island, WA and sank 6 March1943.  4 killed.

04483  (ex- VP-61)


04497  water-looped on landing at NAS Whidbey Island, WA 3/11/1943. SOC.

04996  To Hedron in July 1943

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