VP-4
NAME: (today) Skinny Dragons
TAIL CODES: DB (47-48) / SC (Sept '48 to mid '57) /YD (from mid '57)
Established: 19. December 1948
Disestablished:  
Last updated: August 27, 2012
Changed format: December 4, 2001
Photos of 128352, 131453 and 148345 added October 7, 2001.
Photo of 150279 added November 13, 2001.
Photos of  128358, 128364 and 131455 added December 4, 2001.
Photo of 141236, and six unknown BuNos added December 9, 2001.
Two unknown BuNos, SC-2 and SC-8 added March 4, 2002.
Photo of 150280 added on December 3, 2002.
Photos of  128359, 128364, 131453 and 131479 added December 29, 2002.
Photo of 143178 added January 2, 2003
Photo of 131463 identified on January 21, 2003.
BuNo of YD-3 identified as 140969. Added February 11, 2003
Photo 128338 added February 11, 2003.
Photo of 39351 added November 20, 2003.
Photos of 131412, 131417, 131481, 131498, 131501 and 3plane formation added January 15, 2004.
Photo of 145921 added July 13, 2004.
Photo of 131457 added January 22, 2009.
Photos of 135564, 135614, 141247, 145921, 147961 and 148351 added January 25, 2010.
Photos of 131503 and 145910 added January 29, 2010
Photo of 131477 added January 20, 2011
New photo af 131472 and 1000 pixel formation of three P2V_5Fs added March 31, 2011
New 1000 pixel photo of 131462 added August 27, 2012

BuNos of DB-3, DB-6, DB-7, DB-8 and DB-9 on photo mapping mission in Alaska identified on July 18, 2005.
History of VP-4 with Neptunes added February 12, 2006
Click on the Photo for a larger photo
Click on BuNo to get a separate window
with the history of that BuNo as known to me.
Known Neptunes of VP-4 as of December 4, 2001.


History of VP-4 history when equipped with Neptunes excerpted from the
"
DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN NAVAL AVIATION SQUADRONS—Volume 2"

King Neptune patch           Skinny Dragon Patch
VP-4_King_Neptune_Patch_256.jpg VP-4_patch_Dragon_Older_256.jpg

P2V-2s, DB-6, 8 and 9,
DB-6_8_9_alaska_256.jpg
1000 pixels New July 18, 2005
USN photograph taken over Alaska on 22 July 1948.
DB-6 is 39349
DB-8 is 39347
DB-9 is 39346
Thanks to Richard M. Douglass for the BuNos.
   
P2V-2, SC-2,
SC2_OnPatrl3_256.jpg
P2V-2 SC-2 on patrol. Photo by Ron Hart in 1952. Anyone that can supply BuNo is kindly asked to contact the webmaster.
Baldur@verslo.is
P2V-2, SC-4
SC4-midway_256.jpg
Taken at Midway in 1952 by Ron Hart. Anyone that can supply BuNo is kindly asked to contact the webmaster.
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P2V-2, SC-8,
SC8_OnPatrl2_256.jpg
P2V-2 SC-8 on patrol. Photo by Ron Hart in 1952. Anyone that can supply BuNos is kindly asked to contact the webmaster.
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P2V-2, SC-6,
VP4-SC-6_256.jpg
Date location and photographer unknown. Anyone that can supply BuNo is kindly asked to contact the webmaster.
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P2V-5s, SC-1, 7 and ?,
SC-1_p2v5_austr_256.jpg
Taken over Australia in November 1955. Most likely a USN photo. Anyone that can supply BuNos is kindly asked to contact the webmaster.
Baldur@verslo.is  
A careful scrutiny of a slightly better scan of this photo, reveals the first five of the BuNo to be 13147, and very likely the last digit is 9. I include that photo under 131479 tentatively.
New December 29, 2002
 
P2V-2, 39346,
39346_DB-9_alaska_256.jpg
1000 pixels
USN photograph taken over Alaska on July 22, 1948.
Thanks to Richard M. Douglass for supplying the BuNo

New July 18, 2005
   
P2V-2, 39347,
39347_DB-8_Alaska_256.jpg
1000 pixels
USN photograph taken over Alaska on July 22, 1948.
Thanks to Richard M. Douglass for supplying the BuNo

New July 18, 2005
   
P2V-2, 39348,
39348_DB-7_alaska_256.jpg
USN photograph taken over Alaska in July 1948. Thanks to Richard M. Douglass for supplying the BuNo

New November 20, 2003
   
P2V-2, 39349,
39349_DB-6_alaska_256.jpg
1000 pixels
USN photograph taken over Alaska on July 22, 1948.
Thanks to Richard M. Douglass for supplying the BuNo

New July 18, 2005
   
P2V-2, 39351,
39351_SC4_256.jpg
Photographed in 1949. Courtesy Peter M Bowers.

New November 20, 2003
   
P2V-2, 39352,
DB-3_alaska_256.jpg
1000 pixels
USN photograph taken over Alaska on July 22, 1948.
Thanks to Richard M. Douglass for supplying the BuNo

New July 18, 2005
   
P2V-5F, 128338,
128338_YD_256.jpg
USN photograph probably taken in 1957 or 1958.

New February 11, 2003
   
P2V-5F, 128341,
128341-yd8-256.JPG
USN photograph probably taken in June 1958.
   
P2V-5F, 128352,
128352-YD2_256.jpg
Date (1957-58) and location unknown. Photograph courtesy Mitch MELTON, PHC
   
P2V-5, 128358,
128358-SC8_256.jpg
Taken on a goodwill tour of Australia in November 1955. Courtesy Wynnum Graham
   
P2V-5, 128359,
128359_SC6_256.jpg
Taken by Jim Koppari on the Iwakuni flight line during a goodwill tour of Australia in November 1955.
New December 29, 2002
   
P2V-5, 128364,
128364_SC4_256.jpg
Taken by Jim Koppari from 131455 on a goodwill tour of Australia in November 1955.
New December 29, 2002
P2V-5, 128364,
128364-SC4_256.jpg
Taken on a goodwill tour of Australia in November 1955. Courtesy Wynnum Graham
 
P2V-5F, 131412,
131412_YD6_c_256.jpg
Date, location and photographer unknown. Photos courtesy the San Diego Aerospace Museum.
New January 15, 2004
P2V-5F, 131412,
131412_YD6_b_256.jpg
Date, location and photographer unknown. Photos courtesy the San Diego Aerospace Museum.
New January 15, 2004
P2V-5F, 131412,
131412_YD6_a_256.jpg
131412_YD6_256.jpg
Date, location and photographer unknown. Photos courtesy the San Diego Aerospace Museum.

New January 15, 2004
P2V-5F, 131417,
131417_YD4_256.jpg
Date, location and photographer unknown. Photos courtesy the San Diego Aerospace Museum.

New January 15, 2004
   
P2V-5F, 131453,
131453_SC3_256.jpg
Taken by Jim Koppari from 131455 on a goodwill tour of Australia in November 1955.
New December 29, 2002
P2V-5F, 131453,
131453-YD2_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New March 31, 2011)
USN photograph. Date and location unknown. Courtesy Mitch MELTON, PHC.
 
P2V-5, 131455,
131455-SC2_256.jpg
Taken by Jim Koppari in Townsville, Queensland on a goodwill tour of Australia in November 1955. Courtesy Wynnum Graham
   
P2V-5, 131457,
131457_YD5_Tainan_1958_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Taken by Jim Nelson of Statesville NC in Tainan, Taiwan in 1958. Courtesy Kent Mathieu )see his blog http://taipeiairstation.blogspot.com/)
New January 22, 2009
   
P2V-5F, 131462,
131462-yd8-256.JPG (7774 bytes)
USN photograph taken 2. June 1961.
P2V-5F, 131462,
131462-yd8-256.JPG (7774 bytes)
1000 pixels (New August 27, 2012)
USN photograph taken 2. June 1961.
 
P2V-5F, 131463,
131463-YD11_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New March 31, 2011)
USN photograph. Date and location unknown. Courtesy Mitch MELTON, PHC.
YD-11 identified: The P2V-5 in the foreground is  Buno 131463 ( YD-11). I crewed on that ship from 1959 -1962.
Comment by Mel Mitchell
[melmitchell@shasta.com]
New January 21, 2003
   
P2V-5F, 131472,
131472_YD7_VP-4_P2V-5_256.jpg
1000 pixels
USN photograph. Date and location unknown. Courtesy Mitch MELTON, PHC.
YD-11 identified: The P2V-5 in the foreground is  Buno 131463 ( YD-11). I crewed on that ship from 1959 -1962.
Comment by Mel Mitchell
[melmitchell@shasta.com]
New March 31, 2011
   
P2V-5F, 131477,
131477_YD6_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographer, location and date unknown.
New January 20, 2011
   
P2V-5F, 131479,
131479_SC1_LD_Davis_256.jpg
Photographed on a goodwill tour of Australia in November 1955. Published with the proviso that the last of the BuNo might not be 9.
New December 29, 2002
   
P2V-5F, 131481,
131481_YD12_256.jpg
Date, location and photographer unknown. Photos courtesy the San Diego Aerospace Museum.

New January 15, 2004
   
P2V-5F, 131498,
131498_YD3_256.jpg
Date, location and photographer unknown. Photos courtesy the San Diego Aerospace Museum.

New January 15, 2004
   
P2V-5F, 131501,
131501_YD9_256.jpg
Date, location and photographer unknown. Photos courtesy the San Diego Aerospace Museum.

New January 15, 2004
   
Three P2V-5Fs,
VP-4_P2V-5Fs_256.jpg
Date, location and photographer unknown. Photos courtesy the San Diego Aerospace Museum. Photo appeared in the January 1962 issue of Naval Aviation News.
The photo is 1000 pixels wide
New January 15, 2004
Again three P2V-5Fs,
VP-4_P2V-5_256.jpg
Date, location and photographer unknown. Photos courtesy the San Diego Aerospace Museum. The photo is 1000 pixels wide.

New March 31, 2011
 
 
P2V-5F, 131503,
131503_YD8_6610xx_.jpg (7379 bytes)
1000 pixels
Photographed at NAS Alameda in October 1966. New color photos
New January 29, 2010
   
P2V-5F, 131540,
131540-yd11-256.jpg
Taken on the approach to Jesselton, North Borneo in April 61.
Courtesy Ken Gray and Andy Massa.
   
SP-2H, 135564,
135564_YD12_256.jpg (7881 bytes)
1000 pixels
Photographed at Whenuapai, New Zealand
  on October 6, 1964 by E.C.D'Arby. Courtesy Jack M. Friell.
Photo replaced January 25, 2010.
SP-2H, 135564,
135564a-yd12-256.jpg (9480 bytes)
USN photograph, taken off the coast of Oahu, Hawai on 30. November 1964. Courtesy Richard L. Ward.
 
SP-2H, 135614,
135614_YD5_660215_BarbPoint_ECDarby_11_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed at Barbers Point on February 15, 1966 by E.C.D'arby .
Courtesy Jack M Friell.
New January 25, 2010
SP-2H, 135614,
135614-yd1-256.jpg
USN photograph. Very bad, included for completeness.
 
 
SP-2H, 140969 YD-3,
VP-4_YD3_chrash_256.jpg
On 16 AUG 65 at MCAS Iwakuni Japan YD3, piloted by LCDR Paul Krienke, had a mechanical failure and the port main mount malfunctioned. Upon landing the port mount collapsed. Due to the outstanding skill and cool headed professionalism displayed by the crew, no one was injured and the plane received comparatively light damage. Contributed by Jere Brinkley.  
Russell Boyer of VP-4 identified the plane as 140969.
New February 11, 2003
   
SP-2H, 141236.
141236-YD6-256.JPG (9699 bytes)
During mining training off Oahu, Hawai in the fall of 1964. Courtesy Jere Brinkley.
SP-2H, 141236.
141236-YD6_b_256.jpg
Photo taken in Sangley Point, PI in April, 1965 by Jere Brinkley
 
SP-2H, 141247.
141247_YD8_15_256.JPG (9699 bytes)
1000 pixels
Photographed at Barbers Point on February 15, 1966 by E.C.D'arby .
Courtesy Jack M Friell.
New January 25, 2010
   
SP-2H, 143178.
142545-yd4-256.jpg (8063 bytes)
USN Photograph taken on 15. October 1963. Courtesy Richard L. Ward.
SP-2H, 143178.
143178_YD2_256.jpg
Photographed at Atsugi in 1963 by a Japanese photographer, who whishes to be known by geta-o. See his website:
geta-o
SP-2H, 143178.
143178-yd1-256.jpg
USN Photograph, date unknown. prob. 1964. Courtesy Mahlon Miller.

143178-yd1-p-256.jpg
Superb profile by Jeffery Cultice.
SP-2H, 142545.
142545-yd4-256.jpg (8063 bytes)
Photographed at Da Nang in May 1965 by David Menard.
   
SP-2H, 145902.
145902-yd8-256.jpg (9985 bytes)
Date: 1963 or after. Loacation unknown. Courtesy Richard L. Ward.
SP-2H, 145902.
145902-yd8-256.jpg (9985 bytes)
Date, location and photographer unknown. Courtesy John Wegg.
 
SP-2H, 145910.
145910_YD9_650827_atsugi_256.jpg (8063 bytes)
1000 pixels
Photographed at NAS Atsugi on August 27, 1965. Photographer unknown.
New January 29, 2010
   
SP-2H, 145921.
145921_YD7_a_256.jpg
1000 pixels
145921 only belonged to VP-4 from June to December 1964 so this wold be taken during that time. However the strange thing about this photo is the non white top of the fuselage. There is a photo of 145921 on the VP-9 page showing it with white top taken in 1959. I have never run into a photo of a P-2 repainted with a dark grey top. Any comments to Baldur@verslo.is
Photo courtesy Warbird Index.
New July 13, 2004
SP-2H, 145921
145921_YD7_18_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed at Whenuapai, New Zealand
  on October 6, 1964 by E.C.D'Arby. Courtesy Jack M. Friell.
New January 25, 2010
 
SP-2H, 147961.
147961_YD11_21_256.JPG (9699 bytes)
1000 pixels
Photographed at Barbers Point on February 15, 1966 by E.C.D'arby .
Courtesy Jack M Friell.
New January 25, 2010
   
SP-2H, 148345
145902-yd8-256.jpg (9985 bytes)
USN Photograph taken on 15. October 1963. Courtesy Richard L. Ward.
SP-2H, 148345
148345-yd11-b-256.jpg
USN Photograph taken on 15. October 1963.  Courtesy Mahlon K. Miller.
 
SP-2H, 148351.
148351_YD4_20_256.JPG (9699 bytes)
1000 pixels
Photographed at Barbers Point.
Courtesy Jack M Friell.
New January 25, 2010
   
SP-2H, 150279.
150279-yd2_256.jpg
Date, location and photographer unknown. Courtesy MAP
   
SP-2H, 150280.
150280_YD10_256.jpg
Taken during landing at NAS Atsugi on July 27, 1965 by Tetsuo Yokoo. Courtesy the book "Checker Tail2", a photo book dealing with USN and USMC aircraft at NAS Atsugi from 1963 to 1970.
New December 3, 2002
   
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Known Neptunes of VP-4 as of December 4, 2001.