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Established as Bombing Squadron ONE HUNDRED
TWO (VB-102) on 15 February 1943.
Redesignated Patrol Bombing Squadron ONE HUNDRED
TWO (VPB-102) on 1 October 1944.
Redesignated Patrol Squadron ONE HUNDRED
TWO (VP-102) on 15 May 1946.
Redesignated Heavy Patrol Squadron (Landplane)
TWO (VP-HL-2) on 15 November 1946.
Redesignated Patrol Squadron TWENTY TWO (VP-
22) on 1 September 1948, the third squadron to be assigned
the VP-22 designation.
Disestablished on 31 March 1994.
Squadron Insignia and Nickname
The first known insignia for the squadron was designed by the author’s father while the squadron was being reformed at NAAS Kearney Field, Calif., and was approved by CNO on 29 June 1944. The central figureing the end of Imperial Japan, just as surely as it had marked its beginning. Colors: outer circle, chocolate brown; inner circle, forest green; field, bright yellow;
triangle, light gray-blue; cloud, white; dragon body, forest green; dragon stomach, face, claws and wings, olive green outlined in black; head with black top, white eye, white teeth, black mouth; scaly tail, pale yellow; bomb, black; ball turret guns, forest green
with white openings. The design was used by VB-102,VPB-102, VP-102 and VP-HL-2.
When VP-HL-2 was redesignated VP-22, its primary mission as a squadron was changed from that of patrolling/bombing to long-range overwater search com-
The squadron’s first insignia was a dragon of the design was a dragon breathing fire and smoke, poised on a cloud with a bomb held in its claws overhead,
framed in a downward pointing triangle. Its nose, belly and tail were equipped with ERCO gun turrets. According to legend, the fiery dragon was the
scourge of the Japanese people in the far-distant past of that nation. It was felt fitting, therefore, to symbolize
the return of the dragon as an omen of fury mark-The squadron’ second insignia used a cartoon goose to show its mission
of long range flights over water. bined with ASW. The design submitted to CNO and approved on 9 October 1951 portrayed a tired-looking goose with wingtip tanks, flying over an ocean in
which a lightning bolt had just struck a surfaced submarine. The physical and mental strain caused by the search was portrayed by the spent expression on the
face of the goose and by the tired look in its eyes. The lightning was intended to portray search radar common
to patrol aviation. Colors: goose, blue with yellow bill, red tongue; cloud, white; submarine, black; lightning, yellow; globe, blue and tan; sky, black and blue; border, green and yellow. The design was used by VP-22 from 1951 to 1959.
The third insignia used by VP-22 was approved by CNO on 11 June 1959. It portrays a wolf howling at the moon, astride a crushed submarine. The squadron
at this time was frequently deployed to Alaska; therefore, the wolf motif was thought quite appropriate. In keeping with the age of the atom, electrons are seen circling the ascendant moon. Colors: outer circle, blue; field, black; stars, moon, submarine, ripples on the
water and nose of dog, white; neutrons circling the moon, yellow; ocean, blue; field for the scroll at the bottom of the insignia, black with yellow letters PATRON 22. The insignia was
used by VP-22 from 1959 to 1961. With the fourthinsignia, the squadron had returned to a goose theme, approved by CNO on 13 March 1961. This time the goose was more aggressive, clawing at a submarine which was breaking in two, with wings thrust upwards. In a scroll at the bottom of the design was the squadron designation, PATRON 22.
No record of colors was available for this design. The insignia was in use from 1961 to 1969.
The assignment of the P-3A Orion to VP-22 in 1964 marked a technological turning point in the history of the squadron. The squadron decided that a newer, more modern insignia would be more appropriate with the advent of the new aircraft. The goose theme was retained, but it was streamlined to reflect the modern jet age environment, still ever ready to search out and destroy the adversary. In the design, the goose flies above the sea over
a submerged submarine. Colors: outer circle, gold; field in upper half of circle, light blue; goose, dark
blue; two outer diagonal lines cutting insignia in half, dark blue and gold; field in lower half of the circle, light blue; submarine, red; scroll outline in gold with letters PATRON TWENTY-TWO in gold, with blue background. This insignia was in effect until the squadron’s disestablishment in 1994.
Nickname: Dragons, 1944–1950.
Blue Geese Squadron, 1951–1994.
Chronology of Significant Events
15 Feb 1943: VB-102 was established at NAS
Kaneohe, Hawaii, from half of the squadron assets and
personnel of VP-14. It operated under the operational
control of FAW-2 during its formation and training period.
The squadron continued flying the PBY-5A
Catalinas from VP-14 as additional crews and ground
personnel were brought aboard. As the squadron was
designated for conversion to the landplane PB4Y-1
Liberator, the crews began transition training as the
new aircraft were received over the next two months.
VB-101 was the first squadron to fly the new landbased
bomber, and VB-102 was the second.
28 Feb 1943: Single aircraft detachments (PBY-5As)
were sent to Canton, Midway and Johnston Islands to
provide patrol sector coverage. By 1 March 1943, similar
patrols were being conducted in the vicinity of the
Hawaiian islands by the squadron at Kaneohe flying
the newly assigned PB4Y-1 Liberators.
7 Apr 1943: The squadron suffered its first operational
loss when Lieutenant (jg) Herbert S. Bonn flew
into the water during a night takeoff.
22 Apr 1943: All of the Liberators received for
squadron use were the early model Army versions (B-
24D) without a powered nose turret. Reports from the
combat zone showed that Liberator squadrons with
30-caliber nose guns were sustaining very high casualty
rates. Newer models of the Liberator destined for
Army use (B-24H with Emerson or Consolidated turrets)
did not come off the assembly lines in the States
until June 1943. PB4Y-1 Liberators destined for Navy
use did not get the refit at NAS San Diego with ERCO
250SH-1 powered turrets with twin 50-caliber gun
mounts until after May 1943. VB-102 was scheduled to
go into combat before any of the refitted models could
be obtained. In a flash of inspiration, Commander
Chick Hayward (later Vice Admiral), who was in command
of the newly established Patrol Service Wing at
Kaneohe, decided that tail gun turrets (Consolidated
versions) in the slow and unwieldly PB2Y-2 Coronado
seaplanes—then sitting on the ramp awaiting maintenance
or cargo runs to the mainland—would be more
useful in the noses of the PB4Y-1s which were going
into combat. A few days later the commander of the
PB2Y squadron walked down on the ramp to find all
the tail turrets of his aircraft missing! They had been
put in the noses of the VB-102 aircraft.
22 Apr 1943: VB-102 received its first combat assignment
at Carney Field, Guadalcanal, under the operational
control of FAW-1. A five-aircraft detachment
was maintained at Espiritu Santos. Daily search sectors
of 800 miles were conducted in conjunction with VB-
101, which had arrived at Carney Field prior to VB-
102. The squadron’s primary mission was to protect
the southern Solomons from invasion and to intercept
enemy shipping. During one such mission a squadron
Liberator was heavily damaged during an attack on
the enemy seaplane base on Greenwich Island.
7 Jul 1943: The commanding officer of VB-102,
Lieutenant Commander Bruce A. Van Voorhis, and his
entire crew were killed during a daytime attack on
enemy positions on the island of Kapingamarangi.
Lieutenant Commander Van Voorhis received the Medal
of Honor for this action and his co-pilot, Lieutenant (jg)
Herschel A. Oehlert, Jr., was awarded the Navy Cross.
All of the other crew members were awarded the
Distinguished Flying Cross. Official accounts of the action
describe it as a long-distance bombing mission
(700 miles) against enemy positions on the Japaneseoccupied
Greenwich Islands chain. Van Voorhis made
six bombing runs against a radio station and several
strafing runs against three seaplanes and shipping in
the lagoon. It was reported that on his last run his aircraft
was “too low and too slow” and was caught in its
own bomb blast. An enemy account found after the
war, however, claimed that the bomber was shot down
by one of the floatplanes. The bomber crashed in the
lagoon with no survivors.
9 Jul 1943: Lieutenant Shiley and crew were shot
down by Japanese night-fighters over Kahili airfield on
Bugainville. There were no known survivors.
Aug 1943: Lieutenant (jg) Haskett and his crew
were lost in a night bombing mission over Kahili. The
squadron’s losses in July and August 1943 occurred
during bombing missions. However, the majority of
work done by the squadron entailed search and reconnaissance,
with bombing strictly secondary.
Approximately 95 percent of the squadron’s operations
were single-plane search missions north of
Guadalcanal and east of Bougainville.
1 Nov 1943: The squadron continued its operations
from Carney Field at Guadalcanal, flying several missions
with the 13th Army Air Force which also operated
Liberators and B-25s out of Carney Field. VB-102
remained at Guadalcanal and Espiritu Santo until relieved
on the first of November by VB-106. The aircraft
were flown back to NAS Kaneohe for refit and
reassignment while the crews and ground personnel
departed for the States.
14 Feb 1944: VB-102 was reformed at NAAS
Kearney Field, Calif., from a nucleus of veterans (14 of
the original 18 PPCs) from the first combat tour.
During the training period the squadron came under
the operational control of FAW-14. The squadron received
the newer version of the PB4Y-1 Liberator with
ERCO nose turrets and retractable belly turret. The
squadron remained at Kearney Field until June, when
preparations were made for the transpac to Kaneohe,
Hawaii. These preparations suffered a one-month setback
on 6 June when a PB4Y-1 from VB-117 flown by
Lieutenant (jg) Golden crashed into the squadron supply
office, killing the supply chief and his assistant,
and destroying most of the stores intended for the deployment.
The training accident resulted in the death
of nine VB-117 personnel and nine VB-102 personnel,
and injuries to 11 others.
9 July 1944: VB-102 flew its transpac to NAS
Kaneohe without incident and commenced combat
operational training on the 18th. Crew skills were
honed in bombing, ASW, use of new night radar sets
12 Aug 1944: The squadron flew from Kaneohe
to Eniwetok in five increments of three aircraft each,
arriving at Stickell Field on the 14th. VB-102 relieved
VB-109 and assumed duties as part of CTG
59.3 under FAW-1. Missions consisted of long-range
27 Aug 1944: VB-102 was reassigned to North
Field, Tinian, as part of the Search, Reconnaissance
and Photographic Command of Task Force 57. On 10
September 1944 operational control of the command
was transferred from FAW-2 to FAW-1. Long-range reconnaissance
missions with 800-mile sectors continued
to be the order of the day.
27 Mar 1945: One of the missions liked the least by
all squadrons in the South Pacific was the destruction
of enemy picket boats. These small, heavily armed
and armored vessels were stationed several hundred
miles from the Japanese coasts along routes flown by
the bomber streams attacking Japanese cities. Their reports
of approaching attack forces gave the Japanese
Home Defense forces time to prepare for interceptions.
Lieutenant Wayne D. Rorman and his crew attacked
one of the picket boats on the 27th, making a
low-level, high-speed approach. During such a run
only one pass was usually made and all ordnance was
dropped by eye, rather than with complicated bomb
sights. Rorman’s bombing and strafing run was successful
and the picket boat was sunk but his aircraft
was heavily damaged. With great skill and good luck,
Rorman managed to bring the bomber back to Tinian.
For his heroic action, Lieutenant Rorman was subsequently
awarded the Navy Cross.
1 Apr 1945: Routine search and long-range reconnaissance
missions continued from Tinian through the
first of April 1945, when the squadron received orders
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to establish an eight-aircraft detachment at Iwo Jima.
The detachment flew two daily 800-mile sector
searches with two aircraft to the borders of the
Japanese homeland across Nansei Shoto and south
Kyushu. The squadron was placed under the operational
control of FAW-18.
23 Apr 1945: VPB-102 was based temporarily on
Peleliu, flying three daily 600-mile search sectors
north of Peleliu. Night antishipping patrols were
flown on a periodic basis. The squadron was joined
on 24 April by VPB-152. Search sector patrols north of
Palau Island and all night antishipping patrols were
carried out through 2 May 1945, when the squadron
was relocated to Tinian under the operational control
3 May 1945: After settling in at Tinian, the
squadron commenced 1,000-mile sector searches and
reconnaissance of the Japanese-held Truk Island
airstrips. Occasional attacks were made on Japanese
held Marcus Island. A detachment of four aircraft was
sent to Central Field, Iwo Jima, for long range reconnaissance
to Honshu and Kyushu through north
Nansei Shoto. On 18 May an additional six aircraft
were sent to supplement the detachment and begin
night antishipping patrols. During the next two
months, the aircraft remaining at Tinian with the headquarters
staff, provided the fleet with weather reports.
Both the Tinian and Iwo Jima detachments provided
daytime air-sea rescue patrols for B-29 crews returning
from nighttime bombing missions.
9 May 1945: On 9 May Lieutenant Elwood C.
Mildahn led his aircraft in a low level attack on Marcus
Island. He pressed home his attack in the face of intense
antiaircraft fire and successfully struck his target
resulting in large fires. He was awarded the Navy
Cross for this action. Lieutenant Commander Louis P.
Pressler, VPB-102’s commanding officer, was also
awarded the Navy Cross for his action during the
strike on Marcus Island. Despite the intense antiaircraft
fire he succeeded in destroying three enemy planes
preparing for take off and damaged the airstrip with a
string of accurately placed bombs along the length of
1 Jul 1945: VPB-102 received its first PB4Y-2
Privateer replacements for the slower, less heavily
armed Liberators. From 22 February 1945 to 7 August
1945, squadron losses were six PB4Y-1 aircraft, 23
killed and 12 wounded.
2 Sep 1945: V-J Day, VPB-102 was still based at
Iwo Jima operating with 11 PB4Y-2s and 18 crews.
19 Sep 1945: Three of the aircraft assigned to the
Iwo Jima detachment were sent to Agana Field, Guam,
as an advance echelon. On 29 September the remainder
of the squadron, including the headquarters detachment
at Tinian, joined the advance echelon on
Guam. Shortly after arrival, the squadron began crew
rotations back to the States and received orders to reduce
the squadron complement of aircraft from 15 to
12. Duties during this period consisted primarily of
weather reconnaissance. On 6 December 1945, a detachment
of four aircraft was sent to Peleliu to provide
weather reconnaissance for the fleet.
29 Dec 1945: VPB-102 and the Peleliu detachment
returned to Tinian, with a two-aircraft detachment remaining
at Guam for weather reconnaissance. This detachment
rejoined the squadron on 29 January 1946.
3 Jan 1946: The squadron received orders to reduce
the squadron complement of aircraft and crews
from 12 to 9. On 12 April 1946, two aircraft detachments
were sent to Peleliu and Agana, Guam, for
weather reconnaissance. A third weather reconnaissance
detachment was sent to Iwo Jima on 24 April.
1 May 1946: The squadron headquarters staff was
transferred back to Agana, Guam. The squadron remained
there for the next several months, spraying
DDT on Iwo Jima, Marcus Island, Yap, Ulithi, Pagan,
Tinian and other outlying islands.
6 Jun 1946: NAS San Diego, Calif., was designated
as the squadron’s permanent state-side home port,
with Agana, Guam, as its primary deployment site.
The squadron was still based primarily on Guam
throughout the year.
15 Nov 1946: VP-102 was redesignated VP-HL-2 with
its primary mission remaining weather reconnaissance.
10 Mar 1947: The squadron participated for the first
time in a week of ASW exercises off the coast of
Guam. Lieutenant Degennaro had the distinction of
hitting a submarine’s periscope with a miniature bomb
during the exercises, putting the vessel out of commission
for the rest of the week.
31 Dec 1947: The primary mission of VP-HL-2 was
changed from weather reconnaissance to ASW. The
squadron continued to fly weather missions periodically
over the next several years on an as needed
2 Jul 1948: NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, was designated
as the squadron’s new permanent home port.
1 May 1949: The squadron’s permanent home port
was relocated from NAS Kaneohe, Hawaii, to NAS
Barbers Point, Hawaii.
30 Jun 1950: VP-22 received its first Neptune P2V-
4s, at a cost of $693,000 per aircraft, as replacements
for the Privateers.
1 Nov 1950: VP-22 deployed to WestPac during the
Korean Conflict, based at Naha AFB, Okinawa, with
nine P2V-4 aircraft and 12 flight crews. Duties consisted
of two armed reconnaissance patrols daily along
the China coast and Formosa Strait. On 21 January
1951, the squadron lost one aircraft due to starboard
engine failure during takeoff. The P2V crashed and
sank in 20 fathoms of water one mile off the end of
the runway. There were 11 survivors and two crewmen
were listed as missing (their bodies were later recovered).
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1 Dec 1951: VP-22 was deployed to WestPac for a
second Korean combat zone tour at NAF Atsugi,
Japan. Patrol duties consisted of ASW and weather reconnaissance
flights over the Sea of Japan and the
29 Nov 1952: VP-22 began its third tour of operations
in the Korean theater conducting shipping
surveillance of the China Sea. The squadron carried
out 486 combat patrols during deployment, losing one
aircraft in combat and another in an accident.
18 Jan 1953: A P2V-4 of VP-22 patrolling the
Formosa Strait was shot down off Swatow, China, by
Communist Chinese antiaircraft fire and ditched in the
Formosa Strait. Eleven of 13 crew members escaped
the aircraft. Shore battery gunfire and high seas hampered
rescue operations, the latter causing the Coast
Guard PBM-5 rescue plane to crash on takeoff. Total
losses from the incident were 11 men, 7 of them from
the Neptune crew. Halsey Powell (DD 686), while
under fire from the shore batteries, rescued 10 survivors
from the sea.
31 Jan 1953: One of the squadron’s P2V-5s was
listed as missing. Subsequent search revealed the
wreckage with 11 victims on a mountainside at the
northeast end of Okinawa.
1 Feb 1955: VP-22 received its first jet-assisted P2V-
5F Neptune. The new aircraft had improved short field
takeoff capability; the jet engines assisted in maintaining
higher airspeed and altitude.
19 Nov 1958: The Blue Geese deployed to NS
Adak, Alaska. During deployment the size of the
squadron was increased from 45 officers and 197 enlisted
to 55 officers and 300 enlisted personnel.
Jul 1960: Squadron aircraft were retrofitted for antisubmarine
warfare with JULIE and JEZEBEL electronic
equipment. JULIE was an electronic system for detection
and tracking of submarines, while JEZEBEL acoustic
signal processors were used to track submerged
targets. The new equipment was thoroughly tested
during a November 1960 to May 1961 deployment.
1 Nov 1964: VP-22 picked up its first P-3A Orion at
the Lockheed plant in Burbank, Calif. Cost of the new
aircraft was $3,950,000.
23 Apr 1965: The squadron deployed to NS
Sangley Point, R.P., for duty with the 7th Fleet in
Operation Market Time, coastal patrol operations off
the coast of South Vietnam. A detachment operated
from Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, with VP-42.
21 Apr 1966: VP-22 deployed a detachment to
Midway and Kwajalein for advance base operations as
part of operation Elusive Elk. The operation involved
test firings of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM)
with an impact zone in the vicinity of Midway and
Kwajalein. All of the squadron crews were rotated for
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A squadron P2V-5F in flight, March 1955.
these exercises for two-week periods extending
through 30 September 1966.
26 Jun 1968: The squadron commenced a sixmonth
Progressive Aircraft Rework Cycle, equipping
its P-3A aircraft with new communications gear, air-tosurface
missiles and the AGM-12B Bullpup missile system.
During the rework, the squadron deployed on 30
June 1968, to NAF Naha with a detachment supported
at NAF Cam Ranh Bay.
15 Nov 1969: VP-22 deployed to NS Sangley Point
with a detachment at RTNB U-Tapao, Thailand.
14 Jan 1971: The squadron deployed to NAF Naha,
Okinawa, with detachments at NAF Cam Ranh Bay,
RVN, and RTNB U-Tapao, Thailand.
11 Oct 1971: VP-22 began the refit for the P-3B
DIFAR system, which utilized the Navy’s most sophisticated
ASW sensor equipment. The refit continued
through April 1972.
21 Apr 1972: VP-22 deployed to NAF Naha,
Okinawa, with a detachment at NAS Cubi Point, R.P.
This deployment marked the squadron’s last deployment
to a combat zone during the Vietnam Conflict.
29 Aug 1978: A detachment was sent to NAS
Moffett Field, Calif., for transition to the P-3B MOD
(TAC/NAV) aircraft, returning to NAS Barbers Point,
Hawaii, on 31 December 1978.
at that time to NAS Cubi Point, R.P., and was tasked
with locating boatloads of refugees in the South China
Sea and directing surface ships of the 7th fleet to assist
them. During the remainder of the deployment the
squadron was engaged in SAR missions to rescue the
Vietnamese “boat people,” who were still fleeing their
homeland following the Communist take over in 1975.
31 Dec 1982: VP-22 was designated as the test
squadron for the operational deployment of the ALR-
66 electronic warfare instrumentation package.
Jul 1990: The squadron received its first P-3C UII.5
aircraft replacements for the P-3B MODs. Transition
was completed in October, with all of the older P-3B
models going to various reserve patrol squadrons.
Apr 1992: The squadron received it first P-3C UIIIR
aircraft. Transition training was undertaken at NAS
Moffett Field, Calif., in increments of four crews.
24 Feb 1992: Four crews were detached for duty
with the JCS sponsored Counter Narcotics Operations
at Howard AFB, Panama. The detachment returned on
26 March 1992.
15 Mar 1994: VP-22 was disestablished at NAS
Barbers Point, Hawaii.
Location Date of Assignment
NAS Kaneohe, Hawaii 15 Feb 1943
NAAS Kearney Field, Calif. 14 Feb 1944
NAS Kaneohe, Hawaii 9 Jul 1944
NAS San Diego, Calif. 6 Jun 1946
NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii 2 Jul 1948
NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii 1 May 1949
Date Assumed Command
LCDR Bruce A. VanVoorhis 15 Feb 1943
LCDR Gordon Fowler 7 Jul 1943
LCDR Gerald R. Pearson 14 Feb 1944
LCDR Louis P. Pressler 22 Feb 1945
LCDR Langford W. Bates 7 Aug 1945
LCDR M. L. Lowe, Jr. 3 Dec 1945
CDR H. A. Rowe 4 Oct 1946
CDR D. S. Gray, Jr. 14 Feb 1948
CDR J. W. Hughes 2 Apr 1949
CDR A. F. Farwell 13 May 1949
CDR R. J. Davis 23 Feb 1950
CDR William Godwin 11 May 1951
CDR W. P. Tanner, Jr. 20 Jun 1952
CDR J. E. Hardy 15 Jun 1953
CDR W. H. Game 20 Oct 1954
CDR W. C. Tuggle 23 Mar 1956
CDR M. W. Munk 10 Apr 1956
CDR R. B. Varner 26 Apr 1956
CDR M. W. Munk 20 Sep 1957
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A squadron P-3B in flight near the coast line of Hawaii, August 1973.
1 Jun 1979: The Blue Geese deployed to NAS Cubi
Point, R.P. On 27 June a squadron aircraft, BuNo.
154596, suffered a two-engine failure resulting in a
crash at sea. Five of the 15 crew members were killed.
The accident broke the squadron’s safety record of 25
years, 7 months and 8 days of accident-free flying.
19 Jul 1979: The president announced he had instructed
the U.S. 7th Fleet to aid the Vietnamese “boat
people” and assist them to safety. VP-22 was deployed
Date Assumed Command
CDR J. R. Ward 16 Aug 1958
CDR J. V. Hart 27 Jul 1959
CDR C. E. Olsen 1 Jul 1960
CDR C. E. Ruffin 13 Sep 1960
CDR C. E. Olsen 28 Jul 1961
CDR J. L. Kauth 10 Jul 1962
CDR L.E. Redden 5 Jul 1963
CDR Paul J. Hartley 1 Apr 1964
CDR George Prassinos 9 Aug 1965
CDR Jack D. Fuller 24 Feb 1966
CDR John T. Coughlin 15 Dec 1966
CDR James M. Barron 13 Nov 1967
CDR James W. Cornwell 19 Oct 1968
CDR J. F. Kneisl 7 Oct 1969
CDR R. W. Case 14 Aug 1970
CDR T. J. Keene 20 Jul 1971
CDR D. E. Canada 23 Jun 1972
CDR George C. Wheeler 22 Jun 1973
CDR William L. Rice 26 Jun 1974
CDR G. L. Cole 15 May 1975
CDR Hawkins G. Miller 14 May 1976
CDR David K. Moore 27 May 1977
CDR Michael B. Hughes 24 Mar 1978
CDR V. P. Merz 27 Apr 1979
CDR Raymond M. White 16 May 1980
CDR Edward R. Enterline 29 May 1981
Date Assumed Command
CDR Michael D. Haskins 28 May 1982
CDR J. E. Dulin 27 Jun 1983
CDR R. J. Morris, Jr. 23 Aug 1984
CDR F. E. Barker, Jr. 18 Oct 1985
CDR Frederick E. Crecelius 7 Nov 1986
CDR Mark A. Crim 18 Dec 1987
CDR Chester A. Zeller 14 Dec 1988
CDR Robert D. Ford 8 Dec 1989
CDR John T. Sting 6 Dec 1990
CDR Dennis M. Corrigan 21 Nov 1991
CDR Richard T. Holloway 16 Dec 1992
Type of Aircraft Date Type First Received
PBY-5A/PB4Y-1 Feb 1943
PB4Y-2 Jul 1945
P2V-4 Jul 1950
P2V-5 Jul 1952
P2V-5F Feb 1955
SP-2E Nov 1962
P-3A Nov 1964
P-3B DIFAR Oct 1971
P-3B TAC/NAV MOD Aug 1978
P-3C UII.5 Sep 1990
P-3C UIIIR Apr 1992
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Major Overseas Deployments
Date of Date of Base of Type of Area of
Departure Return Wing Operations Aircraft Operations
28 Feb 1943* 22 Apr 1943 FAW-2 Canton PB4Y-1 WestPac
28 Feb 1943* 22 Apr 1943 FAW-2 Midway PB4Y-1 WestPac
28 Feb 1943* 22 Apr 1943 FAW-2 Johnston Is. PB4Y-1 EastPac
Apr 1943* 1 Nov 1943 FAW-1 Guadalcanal PB4Y-1 SoPac
Apr 1943* 1 Nov 1943 FAW-1 Espiritu Santo PB4Y-1 SoPac
9 Jul 1944 12 Aug 1944 FAW-2 Kaneohe PB4Y-1 EastPac
12 Aug 1944 27 Aug 1944 FAW-1 Eniwetok PB4Y-1 SoPac
27 Aug 1944 1 Apr 1945 FAW-1 Tinian PB4Y-1 SoPac
1 Apr 1945 19 Sep 1945 FAW-18 Iwo Jima PB4Y-1 WestPac
23 Apr 1945 3 May 1945 FAW-18 Peleliu PB4Y-1 SoPac
3 May 1945 19 Sep 1945 FAW-18 Tinian PB4Y-1 SoPac
19 Sep 1945 29 Dec 1945 FAW-1 Agana PB4Y-1/2 WestPac
29 Dec 1945 1 May 1946 FAW-18 Tinian PB4Y-1/2 SoPac
1 May 1946 6 Jun 1946 FAW-1 Agana PB4Y-1/2 WestPac
14 Oct 1947 2 Jul 1948 FAW-1 Naha PB4Y-2 WestPac
7 Jul 1949 8 Feb 1950 FAW-1 Agana PB4Y-2 WestPac
1 Nov 1950 1 May 1951 FAW-1 Naha P2V-4 WestPac
1 Dec 1951 31 May 1952 FAW-6 Atsugi P2V-4 WestPac
29 Nov 1952 27 May 1953 FAW-6 Atsugi P2V-5 WestPac
1954 1954 FAW-4 Kodiak P2V-5 NorPac
Apr 1957 Sep 1957 FAW-4 Kodiak P2V-5F NorPac
Major Overseas Deployments—Continued
Date of Date of Base of Type of Area of
Departure Return Wing Operations Aircraft Operations
19 Nov 1958 19 May 1959 FAW-4 Adak P2V-5F NorPac
10 Nov 1960 10 May 1961 FAW-6 Iwakuni P2V-5F WestPac
May 1962 Nov 1962 FAW-6 Iwakuni P2V-5F WestPac
15 Nov 1963 19 May 1964 FAW-6 Iwakuni SP-2E WestPac
23 Apr 1965 1 Jan 1966 FAW-8 Sangley P-3A WestPac
Apr 1965 Jan 1966 FAW-8 Cam Ranh P-3A WestPac
21 Apr 1966 30 Sep 1966 FAW-8 Midway P-3A WestPac
27 Nov 1966 1 Jun 1967 FAW-4 Adak P-3A NorPac
30 Jun 1968 11 Jan 1969 FAW-1 Naha P-3A WestPac
16 Jul 1968 10 Dec 1968 FAW-8 Cam Ranh P-3A WestPac
15 Nov 1969 1 May 1970 FAW-8 Sangley P-3A WestPac
30 Nov 1969 29 Apr 1970 FAW-8 U-Tapao P-3A WestPac
14 Jan 1971* 14 Jul 1971 FAW-1 Naha P-3A WestPac
25 Jan 1971* 2 Feb 1971 FAW-8 Cam Ranh P-3A WestPac
27 Mar 1971* 3 Apr 1971 FAW-8 U-Tapao P-3A WestPac
21 Apr 1972* 30 Nov 1972 PatWing-1 Naha P-3B DIFAR WestPac
29 Apr 1972* 16 May 1972 PatWing-1 Cubi Point P-3B DIFAR WestPac
11 Nov 1973 20 Apr 1974 PatWing-1 Cubi Point P-3B DIFAR WestPac
10 Jun 1975 10 Dec 1975 PatWing-1 Naha P-3B DIFAR WestPac
8 Nov 1976 8 May 1977 PatWing-1 Cubi Point P-3B DIFAR WestPac
1 Jan 1978 12 Jun 1978 PatWing-1 Agana P-3B DIFAR WestPac
1 Jun 1979 30 Nov 1979 PatWing-1 Cubi Point P-3B MOD WestPac
2 Aug 1980 1 Jan 1981 PatWing-1 Agana P-3B MOD WestPac
10 Nov 1981 15 May 1982 PatWing-1 Cubi Point P-3B MOD WestPac
5 Feb 1983 5 Aug 1983 PatWing-2 Midway P-3B MOD WestPac
10 May 1984 10 Nov 1984 PatWing-1 Cubi Point P-3B MOD WestPac
10 Nov 1985 10 May 1986 PatWing-1 Cubi Point P-3B MOD WestPac
1 Jun 1987 11 Dec 1987 PatWing-10 Adak P-3B MOD NorPac
10 Nov 1988 10 May 1989 PatWing-1 Cubi Point P-3B MOD WestPac
10 Feb 1990 15 May 1990 PatWing-1 Kadena P-3B MOD WestPac
1 Aug 1991 Jan 1992 PatWing-1 Misawa P-3C UII.5 WestPac
24 Feb 1992 26 Mar 1992 PatWing-10 Panama P-3C UIIIR Carib
30 Oct 1992 10 May 1993 PatWing-1 Kadena P-3C UIIIR WestPac
* The squadron conducted split deployment to two sites during the same dates.
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Wing Tail Code Assignment Date
FAW-2 15 Feb 1943
FAW-1 22 Apr 1943
FAW-14 14 Feb 1944
FAW-2 9 Jul 1944
FAW-1 12 Aug 1944
FAW-18 1 Apr 1945
FAW-14 WB/AE* 6 Jun 1946
FAW-2/PatWing-2§ AE/CE†/QA‡ 2 Jul 1948
Wing Tail Code Assignment Date
* The squadron remained part of FAW-14 but was assigned the tail
code WB on 12 December 1946. However, due to an administrative
error, Aviation Circular Letter No. 165-46 of 12 December 1946 had
identified two units, VP-22 and HEDRON MAG-25 with the tail code
WB. VP-22’s tail code was later changed to AE but the effective date
of this change is unknown.
† VP-22’s tail code was changed from AE to CE on 4 August 1948.
‡ The squadron’s tail code was changed from CE to QA in 1957. The
effective date for this change was most likely the beginning of FY
1958 (1 July 1957).
§ Fleet Air Wing 2 (FAW-2) was redesignated Patrol Wing 2
(PatWing-2) on 30 June 1973.
Unit Awards Received
Unit Award Inclusive Date Covering Unit Award
NUC 22 Jan 1967 22 Mar 1967
MUC 20 Apr 1970 1 May 1970
28 Aug 1982 7 Sep 1982
10 Oct 1982 28 Oct 1982
8 Dec 1982 17 Dec 1982
(Crew Det) 20 Apr 1970 1 May 1970
(Crew Det) 1 Feb 1972 15 Jul 1972
RVNGC 21 Nov 1968 31 Dec 1968
Unit Awards Received—Continued
Unit Award Inclusive Date Covering Unit Award
1 Nov 1969 30 Apr 1970
NOSM 14 Oct 1947 2 Jul 1948
1 Nov 1950 1 May 1951
1 Dec 1951 1 Jun 1952
28 Nov 1952 26 Jan 1953
26 Jan 1953 30 May 1953
AFEM 1 Jul 1968 14 Jan 1969
(Crew Det) 23 May 1979 6 Jun 1979
(Crew Det) 21 Nov 1979 1 Dec 1979
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