VP-4 history with Neptunes.

Nov 1947: The squadron was reactivated as VP-ML-4 at NAAS Miramar, Calif., with a complement of 14 officers and 59 enlisted men. An SNB-5 was utilized for flight training until the arrival of the squadron’s first operational aircraft, the P2V-1, in mid-December 1947.

May 1948: VP-ML-4 deployed to Annette Island, Alaska, to perform photographic mapping of the Southeast Alaska Region for the U.S. Geological Region and Survey Department. The survey was com- pleted by the end of August, earning the squadron a commendation from CNO.

21 Jun 1948: A squadron P2V-2, BuNo 39353, departed on a routine flight and lost an engine due to fire within the cowling. The engine fell from the wing, necessitating a wheels-up crash landing. All squadron aircraft were subsequently grounded until engine replacements could be completed. The squadron was back on operational status by 31 August 1948.

1 Dec 1949: The squadron’s primary mission was changed from ASW to mining. The P2V-3 was evaluated for combat radius with full mine load and operational characteristics as a minecarrier.

1 Jan 1950: VP-4 began a tour in Alaska with overnight stops at Adak, Attu, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Nome, Point Barrow, Juneau, Gustavus and the Bering Sea Islands. Aircrews qualified for their “Blue Nose” ticket, certifying that they had operated above the Arctic Circle.

Oct 1950: While deployed to NAS Barbers Point, Oahu, Hawaii, the squadron sent a three-aircraft detachment to Wake Island to provide courier and SAR services as required for a meeting between President Truman and General MacArthur. The meeting between the two leaders was intended to define the lines of authority between the President of the United States and the theater commander in Korea during UN operations in the conflict with the Communist northern aggressors. The president was determined that General MacArthur not exceed the operational constraints he had set forth, running the risk of further broadening the conflict into a nuclear confrontation. The squadron escorted the president back to Oahu in his plane, “Independence.”

27 Nov 1950: VP-4 suffered its first fatal accident since its reactivation in 1947. The accident, which occurred during a routine rocket training flight off Oahu, Hawaii, took the lives of five personnel.

May 1951: The squadron deployed to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, for evaluation of a slant-range computer and bombing ring for incorporation in the AN/APS-33 radar.

Jun 1952: The squadron deployed to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, for ready-mining duty with the Pacific Fleet. A number of patrol squadrons with mining capability were kept in readiness status for rapid deployment at selected sites in both the Pacific and Atlantic operational areas. The success of aerial mining against the Japanese during WWII led to the incorporation of this mission in nearly all of the patrol squadrons after the war (VP-17 and VP-24 were redesignated VA (HM) squadrons for this purpose in July 1956). In September the squadron deployed to Guam to test the rapid-deployment (48-hour) capabilities of the squadron. Only 28 hours were required for actual deployment.

10 Nov 1955: VP-4 departed NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., with the squadron’s 10 P2V-5 aircraft to complete a 17,000-mile goodwill tour, including stops at Iwakuni, Japan; Manila, R.P.; Singapore; Honolulu, Hawaii; and San Francisco, Calif. The squadron returned to NAS Whidbey Island within three weeks.

13 Aug 1956: VP-4 changed its permanent duty station, to Naha, Okinawa. Duties at that time entailed daily patrols, fleet exercises, and training in ASW coverage for the first American convoy carrying supplies to the besieged island of Quemoy.

Nov 1963: VP-4 was transferred to FAW-2, at Barbers Point, Hawaii. Transition to the new base did not begin until April 1964.

26 Mar 1965: The squadron began a splitsite deployment to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, with detachments at various dates located at NAF Tan Son Nhut, RVN; NS Sangley Point and NAS Cubi Point, R.P.

11 Mar 1966: The first P-3 Orion was received as the replacement for the squadron’s SP-2H Neptunes. The squadron’s last SP-2H was turned in on 1 August 1966.

 

Neptune variants assigned.

P2V-1 Sep 1947

P2V-2 Jan 1948

P2V-5 Mar 1953

P2V-5F Mar 1956

P2V-7/SP-2H Sep 1962

 

Major overseas deployments

Date of departure

Date of Return

Wing

Base of Operations

Aircraft

Area of operations

May 1948

1 Sep 1948

Oct 1949

1 Jan 1950

Jul 1950

May 1951

12 Sep 1951

Jun 1952

1 Jan 1955

10 Nov 1955

26 Mar 1965*

26 Mar 1965*

20 Apr 1965

22 Jan 1966

Aug 1948

Mar 1949

Dec 1949

Mar 1950

Feb 1951

Jul 1951

Dec 1951

Jan 1953

Feb 1955

1 Dec 1955

28 Sep 1965

20 Apr 1965

26 Apr 1965

Jul 1966

FAW-4

FAW-4

FAW-4

FAW-4

FAW-2

FAW-2

FAW-4

FAW-2

FAW-2

FAW-2

FAW-8

FAW-8

FAW-8

FAW-8

Annette Is.

Adak    

Kodiak  

Adak

Barbers Pt.

Barbers Pt.

Kodiak  

Barbers Pt.

Barbers Pt.

Whidbey Is.

Iwakuni

Sangley Pt.

Cubi Pt.

Johnston Is.

P2V-2

P2V-2

P2V-2

P2V-2

P2V-2

P2V-2

P2V-2

P2V-2

P2V-5

P2V-5

SP-2H

SP-2H

SP-2H

SP-2H

NorPac

NorPac

NorPac

NorPac

WestPac

WestPac

NorPac

WestPac

WestPac

Trans/Global

WestPac

WestPac

WestPac

WestPac