VP-7 Patrol Squadron


Photo by Hal Barker












Page 1

1
Entry: 94799
Subject: VP-7 PILO

Peter Ransom wrote on July 13, 2017


City and State: LITTLE COMPTON RI

Unit: VP-7

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Very fond memories of flying my beloved P2V out of Iceland, Port youths nAfrica in the 50's and learning to fly in all kinds of situations including hurricane. Looking for names and addresses of other pilots of VP-7 especially pilot named Smokey Stover. I am still alive today because of Smokey and God!

Keywords:



Entry: 80773
Subject:

Paul Klimek wrote on October 22, 2011


City and State: HODGKINS IL

Unit: VP-7

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords:



Entry: 71674
Subject: VP-7 VET

Herbert Campbell wrote on September 19, 2009

Email Update Needed



City and State: NEWMARKET NH

Unit: VP-7

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Deployed to Pt Lyauty and also Keflavik, Iceland. Went to Roosevelt Roads. Had a great crew and a great time. Visited all of the Med major cities and Europe.
Joined the squadron in May of 54 and left in January of 57

Keywords: Flight crew on HE-5 with Lt. Harding as pilot. Woody was 1st radio I was second radio and later Radar.



Entry: 66811
Subject:

Don Silverman wrote on August 7, 2008

Email Update Needed



City and State: LAKE WORTH FL

Unit: USN VP 7

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was lucky to be assigned to VP7 from June 52 to June 54, stationed at Quonset Point, Atsugi and Iwakuni. I flew as crew (AT2) until mid 53 after which I joined the electronics maintanence shop.

My love for the Navy has never diminished. I still wear Navy caps, watch any Navy film, and read Navy history.

I would like to hear from any old airmates from the squadron, especially Bud Michaels. If there is a reunion planned I would like to attend. Don

Keywords: VP7, Atsugi, Iwakuni, NAS Quonset Point, Bud Michaels



Entry: 63891
Subject: KOREAN WAR IS OVER PAMPLET

Kimberly McNeil wrote on January 18, 2008


City and State: WICHITA KS

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments:

Keywords: My father James H. Keller was a co piolt for the 98th bomb wing on the last mission of dropping the cherry blossom pamphlets showing the war was over on July 28 1953 I have the pamphlet and the newspaper articles showing pictures of the men who were on that flight right before they took off. My father passed away 4 years ago and I would like to hear from anyone that knew him or was on this flight with him. God Bless you all for serving your country and risking your lives for our freedom.



Entry: 46920
Subject: VP_ 7 HUNTING

Jim Gerrard wrote on November 16, 2004


City and State: QUEENSBURY NY

Unit: VP-7

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I worked the in-flight kitchen at Iwakuni with Ralph Cappella.
Upon returning to the states I worked in the parachute loft with Gus and Sonny DiPalo.
Port Lyautey I picked up a dog that became the Squardon pet.
Also played on the softball team.
Used to catch for Peppe ( I think that was his name) so he could get some practice. Grillo was the regular catcher on the team.
Anyone wishing to write it would be appreciated.

Keywords: VP-7 1953 -1956



Entry: 41158
Subject: VP 7 MEMORIES

Tom Feeney wrote on February 22, 2004


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I jst came accross this web site by accident and I am glad I did. It was over fifty years ago that I, fresh out of AT-A School reported to Quonset Point to find out that the unit was leaving for Korea. So my seervice started with the train ride accros the US. What a great trip that was. Once in Iwakuni was was usually assigned to Crew 1 and served there until we returned to Rhode Island. From that time I took part in the tours in Rosie Roads and with the British Navy around Bermuda. Shortly after those, and a stay in Newport Hospital, I was released from active duty. Your e-mails on this site were the frist indications that the unit served in Northern Ireland and several other places. I have to read all the messages on the site since I have only glanced at them so far but was so pleased to know there are some of us still around that I wanted to put my 2 cents in early.

Good luck to all of you,

Tom Feeney

Keywords:



Entry: 29424
Subject: VP 7, CREW 4, 1953

Wayne Small wrote on November 10, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State: LAKEWOOD CA

Unit: PATROL SQUADRON 7

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: In 1953 I was on Crew 4. Lt Zettel was the
pilot, Sproul was the navigator, Miranda was
Crew Chief, Smith was No. 1 Radar Operator,
Al Hardy was No. 1 Radio Operator, Frank
Kaufman was No. 2 Radio Man, Luther Miller
was Ordinance, and I was No. 2 Radar.

I was asked to stay in Iwakuni and return on
BUNO 127770 and a Radar Man, by the name
of Brown, asked to take my place. As you may
remember, 127770 went down in Hawaii. I
went to N. Ireland with Lt Harshman as PPC
and Barnett, copilot, Seifert as navigator,
Shreeves as Crew Chief, Beaudoin as Asst
Crew Chief, Grzejka as No. 2 Radar, Smith as
No 1 Radio, Razzuoli as No 2 Radio, Iiams as
Ordinance, Blanchette as Electrician, Plourde
as Metal Smith, and Condon as Aviation
Mechanic. We were the Back-up Crew and
Maintenance. It was a cold and rainy month,
compared to Africa.

I noticed that BUNO 127764 is on this
website. The day it was lost in the China Sea,
Crew 4 was on board prior to take off.
Hollingsworth was in another plane that failed
the Magneto Drop test at the end of the
runway. He insisted that since he was the
senior officer, Zettel and Crew 4 relinquish
127764 to him and return to the maintenance
area with his plane.

I have a picture of Crew 4 taken in Iwakuni at
the Medal Presentation Ceremony. I will scan
it in and submit it at a later date.

I would like to hear from you if you have further
information on anyone I've mentioned.

Keywords: Iwakuni, Japan. Quonset Point, RI. Port
Lyautey, French Morocco. Londonderry, N.
Ireland. 1953-1955. BUNO 127760 - 127770.
P2V-5.



Entry: 26859
Subject: VP-7 HUNTING

Paul Lister wrote on July 9, 2002


City and State: NUTTER FORT WV

Unit: VP-7

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I WAS WITH THE CREW THAT WAS SENT TO HER MAJESTY'S
SHIP SEA EAGLE FOR TRAINING WITH NATO FORCES IN
LONDONDERRY, IRELAND. AS I AGE PAST THE 72 YEAR
OLD MARK I SEEK TO LOCATE ANY OF MY AIRMATES THAT
MIGHT STILL BE LIVING AND ENJOY THE CHANCE TO
RENEW OLD FRIENDSHIPS WITH STORIES OF OUR TIMES.
KOREAN WAR AND TRIP TO AFRICAN CONTINENT WERE SOME OF OUR TIMES. AND, WE FLEW THE LAST FLIGHTS
TRYING TO DRAW ENEMY FIRE OFF DISPUTED 3 MILE LIMIT AROUND KOREAN LAND.

Keywords: 1951-55, PORT LEYOTIA, FRENCH MOROCO, IWAKUNI,
JAPAN AND EAST GREENWICH, RHODA ISLAND AIR BASE.
AIR CREW,MECHANIC AND PLANE CAPTAIN.



Entry: 24767
Subject:

Maurice (Bud) Michaels wrote on April 16, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State: FAIR LAWN NJ

Unit: VP-7

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I am hoping to contact two friends from VP-7 in 1951-1954. Don Silverman and Adler

Keywords:



Entry: 24515
Subject: CREW 11 OF VP-7 DURING KOREAN WAR

Maurice (Bud) Michaels wrote on April 4, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State: FAIR LAWN NJ

Unit: CREW 11 OF VP-7

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I believe our Crew 11 of Vp-7 flew the last flight or mission of the Korean war. On 27 July 1953 we took off early in the day. I as second radioman was at the radio when I got a message to forward a n important maeeage, as we did not have satalite communications in those days. We relayed messages. I asked the pilot for permission to break radio silence. our pilot, Mr. Volmer gave me the OK to break radio silence and in structed me to stnd the coded message up ot the cockpit after I sent it out. I sent it and forwarded it as instructed. H apparently had a code book because after a few minutes, he said over the intercom " IT'S OVER, ITS OVER " . Words I will never forget.

Keywords:







Page 1

1