VP-48 Boomers P-3a (1968) Model
Proudly display your VP-48 Boomer colors with this 18 inch wooden P-3a model. Each piece is carved from wood and hand painted to provide a piece you’ll love.
Established as Reserve Patrol Squadron NINE HUNDRED
FIVE (VP-905) in May 1946.
Redesignated Heavy Patrol Squadron (Landplane)
FIFTY ONE (VP-HL-51) on 15 November 1946.
Redesignated Reserve Patrol Squadron SEVEN HUNDRED
THIRTY ONE (VP-731) in February 1950.
Redesignated Patrol Squadron FORTY EIGHT (VP-
48) on 4 February 1953.
Disestablished on 23 May 1991.
The first insignia for the squadron was submitted to CNO for approval shortly after its establishment in 1946. CNO did not approve the design until 11 December 1950. The central figure of the design was an owl, a wise creature of the night, carrying a bomb in its claws while observing the wave tops below. A set of headphones covered the owl’s ears as it listened intently to transmissions revealing
the enemy’s presence. Colors: cloud, white; shield border, red; background, medium blue; waves, dark blue; bomb, blue with red stripes; owl, black legs and wing tips; tail and neck, red-brown; owl’s body and feet, yellow; radio waves, red. When the squadron was augmented into the regular Navy and redesignated VP-48 in 1953, the commanding officer requested that the insignia of the former VP- 48, disestablished in 1949, be authorized for use by the current squadron. Assuming that CNO’s previous approval of the first VP-48 insignia on 14 March 1949 was still valid, the squadron put the design into use. It consisted of a circular insignia with an Amazon riding the back of a dragon, holding a shield overhead. In the dragon’s claws were a depth bomb and a cluster of lightning bolts. The obvious symbolism was the antishipping and ASW mission of the squadron represented by the bomb, the long-range surveillance of the PBM by the radio wave lightning bolts, and the ability to strike from above as represented by the dragon’s wings. Colors: dragon, red, blue and green; wings, redorange, red, blue and green; bomb, gray; bolts of lightning, yellow; female warrior, deep yellow with blond hair; shield, yellow, white and red; armor, white. On 7 May 1953 CNO indicated the Amazon was no longer appropriate and that a design proposed by the U.S. Army Heraldic Branch should be substituted instead. The squadron, which had been using the earlier VP-48 insignia, continued to do so while it submitted a counter proposal to the design from the Army.
The third squadron insignia used the pelican in its design. proposal was approved by CNO on 26 September 1956. The new design featured a pelican grasping an enemy submarine in its beak with a beam of light streaming from the upper starboard quadrant to the lower port quadrant. The pelican, with its similarity to the gull wings of the PBM Mariner seaplane, was used in this design to emphasize the ASW role of the squadron. The beam of light streaming down alluded to the searchlights carried by the early ASW aircraft to spot the submarines on the surface at night. Colors: pelican, brown and white; beak, yellow with red inside; light beam, yellow; background, dark blue; submarine, black and white; design border, white. This
design remained in use until the squadron was disestablished in 1991.
Nicknames: Boomerangers, 1975–1980.