VP-2 history with Neptunes.
29 Sep 1946: The “Truculent Turtle,” the squadron’s first P2V-1 Neptune land-based patrol bomber, flew from Perth, Australia, to Columbus, Ohio, a distance of 11,236 miles in 55 hours and 18 minutes. The aircraft (bureau number 89082) was manned by Commanders Thomas D. Davies, Eugene P. Rankin, Walter S. Reid and Lieutenant Commander Roy H. Tabeling. The flight was nonstop, without refueling, establishing a world record for nonstop flight. When the aircraft was taken out of service years later, it was placed on display at NAS Norfolk, Va. This historic aircraft is now on display at the National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, Fla.
March 1947: VP-ML-2 began receiving the rest of its compliment of P2V-1 Neptunes from Lockheed Aircraft Company, Burbank, Calif. These replacements for the PV-2 Harpoons marked the beginning of an intense period of training for all squadron personnel in antisubmarine warfare.
5 Jun 1950: VP-2 was assigned a tour in Alaska for cold-weather operational training. The squadron provided resupply missions for the Oceanographic Survey being conducted in Alaskan waters.
1 Aug 1951: A detachment of VP-2 flying P2V-3Ws deployed to NAF Naha, Okinawa, to patrol the East China Sea and Yellow Sea in the Korean theater of operations. The detachment remained in the combat zone until December 1951, this was squadron’s first and last involvement in the Korean War.
1 Sep 1951: VP-2 became the first squadron to receive the new P2V-4 with the Wright Aero R-3350W compound-turbo engine. Testing of the new engines was performed onsite at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., without missing deployments. Detachments during this period were assigned to NAS Kodiak, Alaska, and Naha, Okinawa. The Naha Detachment remained until 2 December 1951, flying several combat missions in support of the UN action in Korea.
9 Apr 1954: A Neptune from VP-2 was attacked by a Chinese MiG-15 while on patrol over the Yellow Sea. The MiG made three firing passes and the crew of the Neptune returned fire. There was no apparent damage to either aircraft resulting from the encounter.
30 Nov 1964: VP-2 took first place among the Pacific Fleet squadrons in bombing, mining and rocket competition despite instrument flying conditions during 90 percent of the competition period.
25 Jan 1965: VP-2 relieved VP-6 for a six-month deployment at Iwakuni, Japan. Squadron detachments were assigned to Naha, Okinawa; Sangley Point, R.P.; Taiwan, Formosa; Bangkok, Thailand; and Da Nang and Saigon, RVN. The last three months of the squadron’s WestPac tour was conducted at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Saigon, RVN—the squadron’s first tour in a combat zone since World War II.
1 Apr 1966: VP-2 relieved VP-42 for a six-month WestPac deployment at Iwakuni, Japan. Four months of the tour were spent at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Saigon, RVN.
1 Oct 1967: VP-2 deployed to WestPac with half of the squadron at NS Sangley Point, R.P., and a six-aircraft detachment at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Saigon, RVN. The detachment at Ton Son Nhut moved a few weeks later to Cam Rahn Bay, RVN.
17 Feb 1969: The squadron conducted its last deployment, its fourth to the Vietnam theater of operations, based at NS Sangley Point, R.P.
30 Sep 1969: VP-2 was disestablished at NAS Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, Wash.
Neptune variants assigned.
P2V-1 Mar 1947
P2V-3/3W Nov 1948
P2V-4 Sep 1951
Major overseas deployments
|Date of departure||Date of Return||Wing||Base of Operations||Aircraft||Area of operations|
|5 Jun 1950||Nov 1950||FAW-4||Adak||P2V-3W||NorPac|
|1 Aug 1951||2 Dec 1951||FAW-6||Naha||P2V-3W||WestPac|
|1 Sep 1951||1 Dec 1951||FAW-4||Kodiak||P2V-4||NorPac|
|Sep 1952||Nov 1952||FAW-4||Kwajalein||P2V-4/5||WestPac|
|Jan 1953||Mar 1953||FAW-4||Kodiak||P2V-4||NorPac|
|Dec 1953||Jun 1954||FAW-6||Iwakuni||P2V-5||WestPac|
|Aug 1955||Jan 1956||FAW-4||Kodiak||P2V-5||NorPac|
|Nov 1956||May 1957||FAW-4||Kodiak||P2V-7||NorPac|
|Sep 1958||Feb 1959||FAW-6||Iwakuni||P-2V7||WestPac|
|Nov 1959||May 1960||FAW-4||Kodiak||P2V-7||NorPac|
|May 1961||Oct 1961||FAW-4||Kodiak||P2V-7||NorPac|
|Aug 1962||Jan 1963||FAW-4||Kodiak||P2V-7||NorPac|
|Nov 1963||Apr 1964||FAW-4||Adak||SP-2H||NorPac|
|Aug 1964||Oct 1964||FAW-4||Kodiak||SP-2H||NorPac|
|25 Jan 1965||1 Mar 1965||FAW-8||Iwakuni||SP-2H||WestPac|
|15 Mar 1965||1 May 1965||FAW-8||Tan Son Nhut||SP-2H||WestPac|
|1 Apr 1966†||7 Oct 1966||FAW-8||Iwakuni||SP-2H||WestPac|
|25 May 1966†||30 Sep 1966||FAW-8||Tan Son Nhut||SP-2H||WestPac|
|1 Oct 1967†||1 Apr 1968||FAW-8||Sangley Point||SP-2H||WestPac|
|1 Oct 1967†||15 Oct 1967||FAW-8||Tan Son Nhut||SP-2H||WestPac|
|15 Oct 1967||1 Apr 1968||FAW-8||Cam Ranh||SP-2H||WestPac|
|17 Feb 1969||17 Aug 1969||FAW-8||Sangley Point||SP-2H||WestPac|