VPB-122

 

VPB-122, Tail Codes 61-80

 

Occupied the opposite side of VPB-120 hangar at Shemya. First missions (sector searches) were flown after the surrender of Japan.

8/18 61V, 63V, 64V

8/21 61V, 72V

8/22 65V, 67V

8/23 64V, 68V

8/24 66V, 69V

8/25 61V, 63V, 65V, 72V

8/26 64V, 67V, 68V

8/30 62V, 63V, 65V

 

BuNos with known corresponding tail codes:

59644        5-11/45 crashed and wrecked 1/12/46, landing in icy conditions. Kodiak NAS. 

59646 62V 5-11/45

59647        5-12/45

59678 64V 5-12/45

59775 65V 5-12/45

59777 66V 5-11/45

59778        5-10/45 wrecked 10/16/1945 Sea Island Airdrome, B.C. Canada

59779 68V 3-12/45

59780 69V 5-12/45

59781 70V 5-12/45

59783 71V 5-12/45

59788 72V 5-12/45 (PB4Y-2S)

59846 67V 6-9/45

 

All BuNos and corresponding squadron codes were confirmed by the photographs. Analyzing their sequence it is logical to propose that

59778 was 67V 

59647 was 63V

59644 was 61V

I am in continuous search for the photos of the Aleutian Privateers to prove this hypothesis!

30 Nov 1945 (Fri) Fatal Aircraft Accident: Privateer, Bureau Number 59777, piloted by Lt. (jg) McMillian, VPB-122, was reported missing on a flight from Naval Air Station Kodiak to Seattle, WA.  The last position report had been over the southwest led of the Sitka radio range. (Chronology, Fleet Air Wing Four, 1 Sep-1 Dec 1945, p. 13.) All 25 people onboard perished, making it the biggest loss-of-life disaster in PB4Y-2 carreer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other aircraft of VPB-122:

59357 11-12/45

59358 1-2/46

59361 1-2/46

59362 1-2/46

59363 1-2/46

59366 10/44

59503 ??

59579 4/45

59641 5-7/45

59643 5-7/45

59645 5-7/45 (shot down over Baltic Sea near Liepaja 4/8/50)

59752 4/45

59774 7/45

 

 

 

 

 

 

59678 64V

59678 64V

Inscription on the photo: "1st week of Nov. 1945 on Attu-before 1st snowfall. Note- no guns in turrets. front row L-R- Jim Shortle, Ed Ubbens, Chief Gary Bruce, R. Elmore, "Cokie" Hughes. 2nd row, L-R: Lt. Homer Martin, Lt-Cmdr John Leahy, Lt Don Hurlburt, Ens. "Ziggie" Galant. Crew #16." Image courtesy Ed Ubbens, AETM 2/C of VPB-122 (via Malcolm Barker)

59678 64V

59678 64V

Photo courtesy of Steve Hawley via Eddie Harding, USN (Ret), VPB-122

59775 65V

59775 65V

Credit: VPNAVY website

59775 65V

59775 65V

59775 65V

59775 65V

Photo courtesy of Steve Hawley

59777 66V

59777 66V

59777 66V

59777 66V

59777 66V

59777 66V

59777 66V

59777 66V

59777 66V

59777 66V

The crew of lost 59777 by the 59781

The crew of lost 59777 by the 59781

30 Nov 1945 (Fri) Fatal Aircraft Accident: Privateer, Bureau Number 59777, piloted by Lt. (jg) McMillian, VPB-122, was reported missing on a flight from Naval Air Station Kodiak to Seattle, WA.  Inscription on the photo: "On Attu. Pilots McMillian, Osebold 2 at right in back row. Spenger, Norman, Bumpus, Brown, Waller, Baker, Plevelich (crew). Went down. 3 crew remained in Kodiak" Image courtesy Ed Ubbens, AETM 2/C of VPB-122 (via Malcolm Barker)

59778

59778

Photo courtesy of Nicholas Veronico

59779 68V VPB-122 Kodiak 04-1946

59779 68V VPB-122 Kodiak 04-1946

Photo courtesy of Todd Hackbarth

59779 68V

59779 68V

59780 69V VPB-122 Elmendorf AB 04-1946

59780 69V VPB-122 Elmendorf AB 04-1946

Photo courtesy of Todd Hackbarth

59780 69V

59780 69V

Photo courtesy of Steve Hawley

59780 69V

59780 69V

Photo courtesy of Nicholas Veronico

59780 69V Attu Nov 1945

59780 69V Attu Nov 1945

Photo courtesy of Ed Ubbens, via Malcolm Barker

59780 69V

59780 69V

Photo courtesy of Steve Hawley

59783 71V

59783 71V

Photo courtesy of Nicholas Veronico

59788 72V

59788 72V

Photo courtesy of Alan Carey

59846 67V

59846 67V

Photo courtesy of Nicholas Veronico

59846, 59966

59846, 59966

59846 67V_2

59846 67V_2

59846 67V_3

59846 67V_3

59846 67V_4

59846 67V_4

RCM training at St Clemente Island

RCM training at St Clemente Island

Image courtesy Ed Ubbens, AETM 2/C of VPB-122 (via Malcolm Barker)

RCM antennas of PB4Y-2

RCM antennas of PB4Y-2

Image courtesy Ed Ubbens, AETM 2/C of VPB-122 (via Malcolm Barker)

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