VP-6
NAME: Blue Sharks
TAIL CODES: BE (Sept '48 to mid '57) /PC (from mid '57)
Established: 1. September 1948
Disestablished:
First published on 6. February 1999.
Last updated: April 11, 2011
Changed format: December 14, 2001
Photos of 124880, 127782, 128385, 128408 and 128420added October 15, 2005.
Photos of five unidentified P2Vs added October 19,2002.
Buno of BE-10, 122967 added November 11, 2002.
Photos of 122934, 122945 and 122983 added November 12, 2002.
Two photos of 122934 added December 1, 2002.
Photo of 131428 added December 3, 2002.
Two photos of 122983 added December 6, 2002.
Photos of BE5, 122939, 122967, 122976, 127782, 128335, 128358, 128363 and 128420 added December 9, 2002.
Photo of 128378 added December 12, 2002.
Photos of 128397, 128398 and 128399 from Kodiak added February 11, 2003
Photos of 124866 and 127727 added February 13, 2003.
Photos of 127725, 127727 and 128398 added February 14, 2004.
Photos of 128368 and 131466 added January 31, 2004.
Photos of 124869, 128354, BE-16/BE-17 added July 21, 2005.
Photos of 131422 and 131465 added February 2, 2006
History of VP-6 with Neptunes added February 12, 2006
Information on the BuNo of BE-7
Four photos of 127734, BE-7 added July 19, 2007
Photo of 131405 added February 16, 2009
Photo of 131405 added March 15, 2010
Photo of 131528 added January 19, 2011
Photo of 131493 added February 21, 2011
Photos of 131520 and 131530 added February 28, 2011
1000 pixel photo of 131580 added April 11, 2011.

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with the history of that BuNo as known to me.
Known Neptunes of VP-6 as of December 14, 2001.

History of VP-6 history when equipped with Neptunes excerpted from the
"DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN NAVAL AVIATION SQUADRONS—Volume 2"

P2V-3W BE-5
BE5_51_Iwakuni_256.jpg
Photographed at Iwakuni in 1951 by Bill Mondy. Courtesy
the VP-6 page at MyFamily.com
New December 9, 2002
P2V-5F BE-?
BE_xx_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New 21. July 2005)
Photographed by Curt Olson in 1956.
This is one of the canon equipped Neptunes. Who knows the BuNo and Sideno?
 
New July 21, 2005
P2V-5Fs BE-16 and Be-17
BE-16_Be-17_VP6_iwak_55_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New 21. July 2005)
Photographed by Curt Olson in 1955.
Nose numbers, 16 and 17 are strange. Any input on reason and numbers. .
 
New July 21, 2005
P2V-5F,
VP6_Lonep2v_256.jpg
A very evocative photo of a VP-6 P2V-5F brings to mind the lonely feelings of a long, solitary patrol flight. Photo by Bob Dell
.
P2V-5F, Shark mouth,
128385_PC4_Shark_256.jpg
Photo taken by John Michael AEAN VP-6 1957-57. Courtesy Bob Dell. Both photos show 128385, PC-4
New July 29, 2002
P2V-5F Shark mouth
128385_PC4Shark2_256.jpg
Photo taken by John Michael AEAN VP-6 1957-57. Courtesy Bob Dell. Both photos show 128385, PC-4
New July 29, 2002
P2V-3, 122934,
122934_BE7_256.jpg
Photographed off Barbers Point, Hawai in 1953  Courtesy Jose Ramirez.

New November 12, 2002
P2V-3, 122934,
122934_BE7_chr1_256.jpg
I thought you might like to see a picture of it`s last landing. This happened on Dec.12,1953 at Sangley Point,Philippine Islands.
Dale F. Wheeler
New December 1, 2002
P2V-3, 122934,
122934_BE7_chr2_256.jpg
I thought you might like to see a picture of it`s last landing. This happened on Dec.12,1953 at Sangley Point,Philippine Islands.
Dale F. Wheeler
New December 1, 2002
P2V-3, 122939,
122939_BE_Bird_Down_256.jpg
Photographed at Atsugi on October 14, 1951. Courtesy
Bill Mondy
New December 9, 2002
   
P2V-3, 122945,
122945_BE1_256.jpg
Photographed at Tinian, in the Marianas in 1953. Courtesy Jose Ramirez

New November 12, 2002
   
P2V-3, 122967,
BE10_256.jpg
Photographed at NAS Kodiak, Alaska in 1952. Courtesy Dick Neufeld. According to Jose Ramirez the BuNo of BE-10 is 122967.

New October 19, 2002
P2V-3, 122967,
122967_BE10_29-4-53_256.jpg
Photographed by Bill Mondy off Hawai in 1953 (29 April if the data tag on the negative is correct). According to Jose Ramirez the BuNo of BE-10 is 122967.

New December 9, 2002
 
P2V-3, 122968
122968-be6-ath-256.jpg
(?not certain, but 122968 was BE-6 in December 1953), Photographed at Barbers Point, in 1953. Courtesy Glen E. Townsend
   
P2V-3, 122976
122976_BE2_Kadena_256.jpg
Photographed at Kadena in Okinava in 1953. by Larry Spangenberg Sr. Courtesy
the VP-6 page at MyFamily.com
New December 9, 2002
   
P2V-3, 122983,
122983_BE8_256.jpg
Photographed at Tinian, in the Marianas in 1953. Courtesy Jose Ramirez

New November 12, 2002
P2V-3, 122983,
122983_BE-8_Kodiak_52_256.jpg
Photographed at Kodiak in 1952. Courtesy Jose Ramirez, from cruise book.

New December 6, 2002
P2V-3, 122983,
122983_BE8_a_256.jpg
Photographed at Barbers Point in the summer of 1953. Courtesy Jose Ramirez

New December 6, 2002
P2V-5F, 124866 BE-1,
124866_BE1_256.jpg
Pictured appeared in our VP-6 1956 NAS Iwakuni, Japan Cruisebook. The picture was taken by LTjg Arthur B. Lumley who was one of the co-editors of the cruisebook. I recall asking him how he had obtained these remarkable pictures. He replied that he had spent a lot of time standing near the ends of the runway at NAS Iwakuni, Japan and had taken a lot of pictures! ..."
Courtesy HANSON, Palmer O. Jr.
Any assistance with BuNo appreciated.
New October 19, 2002
BuNo updated February 13, 2003
   
P2V-5F, 124869,
124869-be2-b-256.JPG
photographed at Iwakuni Japan in 1956. Courtesy Bob Dell
P2V-5F, 124869,
124869-be2-b-256.JPG
photographed at Iwakuni Japan in 1956. Crashed in Aug/Sept 56. Courtesy Bob Dell
P2V-5F, 124869,
124869-be2-b-256.JPG
photographed at Iwakuni Japan in 1956. Crashed in Aug/Sept 56. Courtesy Bob Dell

124869_BE2_wr_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New 21. July 2005)
Photographed by Curt Olson in 1956.
 
New July 21, 2005
P2V-5F, 124880,
124880-Be3-a-256.JPG
Iwakuni, Japan in 1956. Photographer Bob Dell
P2V-5F, 124880,
124880-be3-256.JPG
Iwakuni, Japan in 1956. Photographer Bob Dell
P2V-5F, 124880,
124880_BE3_Turret_256.jpg
Iwakuni, Japan in 1956. Photographer Bob Dell

New October 15, 2002
P2V-5F, 127725,
127725-be8_256.jpg
Iwakuni, Japan in 1956. Courtesy Walt Edminster.
P2V-5F, 127725,
127725_BE8_256.jpg
Iwakuni, Japan in 1956.
Courtesy Palmer Hanson.
New February 14, 2003.
 
P2V-5F, 127727,
127727_BE9_256.jpg
Iwakuni, Japan in 1956.
From the cruise book. Courtesy Palmer Hanson.
New February 13, 2003.
P2V-5F, 127727,
127727_BE9_a_256.jpg
Iwakuni, Japan in 1956.
From the cruise book. Courtesy Palmer Hanson.
Only thing is, I am a little sceptical about the side number, as it looks a bit skewed. Is there a possiblitiy that it was pasted onto the photo?
New February 14, 2003.
 
P2V-5F 127734
127734-BE7_1956a_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New 19. July 2007)
"These pictures appeared in the VP-6 1956 NAS Iwakuni, Japan Cruisebook. They were taken by LTjg Arthur B. Lumley who was one of the co-editors of the cruisebook. I recall asking him how he had obtained these remarkable pictures. He replied that he had spent a lot of time standing near the ends of the runway at NAS Iwakuni, Japan and had taken a lot of pictures! ..."
Courtesy  HANSON, Palmer O. Jr.
Any assistance with BuNo appreciated.
Original photo from Hanson Palmer replaced with photo from the files of CDR Don Scoonover, XO of the squadron at the time.
Info on BuNo of BE-7 received July 18, 2007.
P2V-5F, 127734
127734_BE7_1956b_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New 19. July 2007)
Flying close to Oahu before the 1956 Iwakuni deployment. Photo Arhtur B. Lumley, courtesy Bob Schoonover.
127734_BE7_1956_Diamond_Head_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New 19. July 2007)
Flying over Diamond Head in 1956. Photo believed to be by Arhtur B. Lumley, courtesy Bob Schoonover.
I received a message about this and other BE-7 photos today Click here to view the message from Bob Scoonover. 
P2V-5F, 127734
127734_BE7_1956_Iwakuni_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New 19. July 2007)
New photo of 127734 taken at Iwakuni in 1956 believed to be by Arhtur B. Lumley, courtesy Bob Schoonover. Note Nose and tail turrets.
BE7_a_256.jpg
Heer the nose glasing and the MAD boom have been replaced with gunturrets for the deployment
I received a message about this and other BE-7 photos on July 18, 2007.
 
P2V-5F, 127781,
127782-pc6-256.JPG
Iwakuni, Japan in the summer of 1958. Photographer Bob Dell
   
P2V-5F, 127782,
127782-pc6-256.JPG
Iwakuni, Japan in the summer of 1958. Photographer Bob Dell
P2V-5F, 127782,
127782_PC6_NoseDocks_256.jpg
Iwakuni, Japan in the summer of 1958.
Maintenance in the nosedocks. Photographer Bob Dell

New October 15, 2002
P2V-5F, 127782,
127782_PC6_JDuff_256.jpg
Photo by Joe Duffer leaving Misawa, Japan in the spring of 1958.
127782, PC-6 in the background.
Courtesy
the VP-6 page at MyFamily.com
 
New December 9, 2002
P2V-5F, 128335,
128335-PC9-256.JPG
Photographed in 1957 by Bob Dell.
P2V-5F, 128335,
128335-PC9-256.JPG
Photographed at Midway Island in 1958 by Bob Dell.
P2V-5F, 128335,
128335_PC9_256.jpg
Photographed in 1958 by John Michael. Courtesy
the VP-6 page at MyFamily.com
 
New December 9, 2002
P2V-5F, 128354,
128354-pc7-mining-256.jpg
Taken during a mining exercise of Oahu in 1957 by Bob Dell (See 128358)
P2V-5F, 128354,
128354_PC7_DiHdMining_256.jpg
Taken during a mining exercise of Oahu in 1957 by Bob Dell (See 128358)

 

P2V-5F, 128354,
128354_PC7_57_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New 21. July 2005)
128354_PC7_prefl_57_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New 21. July 2005)
Taken in 1957 by Curt Olson
  New July 21, 2005
SP-2E, 128356,
128356-pc7-256.jpg (6728 bytes)
Date and place unknown. Photographed by Duane Kasulka.
   
P2V-5F, 128358,
128358-Pc11-256.jpg
Taken during a mining exercise of Oahu in 1957 by Bob Dell
P2V-5F, 128358,
128358-Pc11-256.jpg
Taken during a mining exercise of Oahu in 1957 by Bob Dell
128358_PC11_Rabbitr_256.jpg
Taken during an overflight of Rabbits Rock during a mining exercise of Oahu in 1957 by Bob Dell
 
New December 9, 2002
P2V-5F, 128358,
128358_PC11_Guam_256.jpg
Taken on Guam in March 1958 by Bob Dell

 

P2V-5F 128363,
128363-pc2-256.jpg
photographed from PC-3 (128412) with PC-2 and PC-1 (128420) returning from Kwajalein late Sept 1958 and flying over Barbers Point in preparation to land.  VR-21 transports can be seen below.  The reception committee is in front of the second large hangar. Photograper Bob Dell.
P2V-5F 128363,
128363_PC2_256.jpg
128363_PC2_JDuff2trim_256.jpg
Photographed from PC-8 on leaving Misawa Japan in the spring of 1958.
Photo by Joe Duffer
 
New December 9, 2002
P2V-5F 128363,
128363_PC2_a_256.jpg
A cruisebook photographed taken from PC-6 on leaving Misawa Japan in the spring of 1958. Photographer unknown.
 
New December 9, 2002
SP-2E, 128368,
128368_PC12_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New 30. jan. 2004)
Photograph by Lohn Lortz. Published in the 1965 VP-6 cruisebook. Last SP-2E in VP-6.
 
New January 31, 2004
SP-2E, 128368,
128368_PC12_a_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New 30. jan. 2004)
Photograph by John Lortz of VP-6. Probably taken before DaNang deployment in 1964.
 
New January 31, 2004
 
P2V-5F, 128375,
128375-pc5-256.JPG
Photographed from PC-3 during the return flight from Kwajalein to Barbers point in late September 1958. Photographer Bob Dell.
   
P2V-5F, 128378,
128378_PC8_256.jpg
Photographed at Iwakuni Japan in 1958 Photographer Joe Duffer. Courtesy Bob Dell.
New October 10, 2002
P2V-5F, 128378,
128378_PC8_IWA58_256.jpg
Photographed at Iwakuni Japan in 1958. From the 1958 Iwakuni Cruise Book. Photographer unknown.. Courtesy Bob Dell.
New December 12, 2002
 
P2V-5F 128382,
128382-pc10-a-256.JPG
photographed at Barbers Point sometime in 1957. Photographer Bob Dell.
P2V-5F 128382,
128382-pc10-256.JPG
photographed at Barbers Point sometime in 1957. Photographer Bob Dell.
 
P2V-5F 128385, ,
128385_PC4_a_256.jpg
Photo taken by Joe Duffer. Blown up from a part of the photo of  128420, PC-1, further down on this page. Apologize for the quality. Courtesy Bob Dell..
New October 10, 2002
P2V-5F 128385, ,
128385_PC4_256.jpg
Photos by Bob Dell of 128385, PC-4, taken at Barbers Point in 1957.
New October 10, 2002
128385_PC4a_256.jpg
New October 15, 2002
P2V-5F 128385, Shark mouth
128385_PC4Shark2_256.jpg
128385_PC4_Shark_256.jpg
Photo taken by John Michael AEAN VP-6 1957-57. Courtesy Bob Dell. Both photos show 128385, PC-4
New July 29, 2002
P2V-5, 128397 BE-6,
BE-6_kodiak56_256.jpg
Photographed at Kodiak, Alaska during the 1954-55 deployment by
HANSON, Palmer O. Jr.
New February 11, 2003
   
P2V-5, 128398 BE-7
BE-7_Kodiak56_256.jpg
Photographed at Kodiak, Alaska during the 1954-55 deployment by
HANSON, Palmer O. Jr.
New February 11, 2003
P2V-5, 128398 BE-7
128398_BE7_a_kodiak_256.jpg
Photograph from Kodiak, Alaska 1954-55 cruisebook.
Courtesy
HANSON, Palmer O. Jr.
New February 14, 2003
P2V-5, 128398 BE-7
128398_BE7_a_kodiak_256a.jpg
Photograph from Kodiak, Alaska 1954-55 cruisebook. Same photo as to the left, just showing more of the forbidding terrain of the operational area.
Courtesy
HANSON, Palmer O. Jr.
New February 14, 2003
P2V-5, 128399 BE-8
BE-8_kodiak56_256.jpg
Photographed at Kodiak, Alaska during the 1954-55 deployment by
HANSON, Palmer O. Jr.
BE-8 was the aircraft which crashed on the side of a mountain near Anchorage, Alaska in early 1955.
New February 11, 2003
   
P2V-5F, 128408,
128408-pc7-256.JPG
Taken at Iwakuni in August 1958 by Bob Dell. Awaiting a new engine.
P2V-5F, 128408
128408_PC3a_256.jpg
Taken in the winter of 1957/58 by Bob Dell
P2V-5F, 128408
131433_CF_256.jpg
Taken in the winter of 1957
at Barbers Point . Courtesy Ron Doran.
New October 15, 2002
P2V-5F, 128412.
128412-pc3-256.JPG
Iwakuni, Japan in the summer of 1958 by Bob Dell.
P2V-5F, 128412.
128412-pc3-256.JPG
Taken at Kwajalein on Sept 22. 1958 by Bob Dell.
P2V-5F, 128412.
128412_profile_256.jpg
Profile by ©Jeffery Cultice.

 

P2V-5F, 128414,
131444-pc12-256.JPG (7731 bytes)
Photo by Bob Dell. 
   
P2V-5F, 128420,
128420_PC-1_256.jpg
Photo by Joe Duffer. Taken from PC-8, leaving Misawa, Japan in the spring of 1958. 128385, PC-4 in the background (See above on the page). Courtesy Bob Dell.
 
New October 10, 2002
P2V-5F, 128420,
128420_PC1_256.jpg
A cruisebook photographed taken from PC-6 on leaving Misawa Japan in the spring of 1958. Photographer unknown.
 
New December 9, 2002
P2V-5F, 128420,
128420_PC1_Nosedocks_256.jpg
PC-1 during maintenance in the nosedocks at Iwakuni summer 1958. Photo: Bob Dell.
 
New October 15, 2002
SP-2E, 131405,
131405_PC6_1963_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Landing accident in 1963.
New February 16, 2009
SP-2E, 131405,
131405_PC6_1963_2_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Landing accident in 1963.
New March 15, 2010
 
SP-2E, 131422,
131422_PC3_a_256.jpg
Taken during transfer to Iwakuni in 1960. Photo: Cliff Wagner. Courtesy: Patronsix.com, VP-6 Website
New February 2, 2006
SP-2E, 131422,
131465_PC4_131422_PC3_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Fromation photo with 131465, PC4, taken during transfer to Iwakuni in 1960. Photo: Cliff Wagner. Courtesy: Patronsix.com, VP-6 Website
New February 2, 2006
SP-2E, 131422,
131422_PC3_Iwakuni-bound_1960_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Taken during transfer to Iwakuni in 1960. Photo: Cliff Wagner. Courtesy: Patronsix.com, VP-6 Website
New February 2, 2006
SP-2E, 131428,
131428_PC8_256.jpg
Taken during takeoff from NAS Atsugi on May 26, 1965 by Masami Sato. Courtesy the book "Checker Tail2", a photo book dealing with USN and USMC aircraft at NAS Atsugi from 1963 to 1970.

One of the last P-2s in VP-6

New December 3, 2002
   
SP-2E, 131444,
131444-pc12-256.JPG (7731 bytes)
USN photograph. Included for completeness.
   
SP-2E, 131465,
131465_PC4_131422_PC3_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Fromation photo with 131465, PC4, taken during transfer to Iwakuni in 1960. Photo: Cliff Wagner. Courtesy: Patronsix.com, VP-6 Website
New February 2, 2006
SP-2E, 131465,
131465_PC4_Iwakuni-bound_1960_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Taken during transfer to Iwakuni in 1960. Photo: Cliff Wagner. Courtesy: Patronsix.com, VP-6 Website
New February 2, 2006 
SP-2E, 131465,
131465_PC4_Guam_Stopover_1960_256.jpg
Taken during transfer to Iwakuni in 1960. Letting down to Guam for a rest/fuel stop.  Photo: Cliff Wagner. Courtesy: Patronsix.com, VP-6 Website
New February 2, 2006  
SP-2E, 131466,
131466_PC10_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New 30. jan. 2004)
Photograph by John Lortz of VP-6. Probably taken before DaNang deployment in 1964.
 
New January 31, 2004
   
SP-2E, 131480,
131444-pc12-256.JPG (7731 bytes)
1000 pixels (New 11. April. 2011)
USN photograph. Date & location unknown. Courtesy Richard L. Ward.
SP-2E, 131480,
131480c-pc1-256.jpg (9040 bytes)
USN photograph. Date & location unknown. Courtesy Richard L. Ward.
 
SP-2E, 131493,
131493_PC7_62xxxx_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photograph by Richard Young of VP-6. Probably taken at Iwakuni probably in late 1961.
New 21 February 2011
   
SP-2E, 131520,
131520_PC2_a_Iwakuni_61xxxx_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed at Iwakuni in late 1961 by Richard Young of VP-6.
New February 28, 2011
SP-2E, 131520,
131520_PC2_b_Iwakuni_61xxxx_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed at Iwakuni in late 1961 by Richard Young of VP-6.
NewFebruary 28, 2011
 
SP-2E, 131527,
131527-pc1-256.JPG
USN photograph from VP-6 history
131527_PC-1Fuji_256.jpg
Taken in 1961-62. Courtesy Bob Dell.
New July 29, 2002
SP-2E, 131527,
131527_PC-1_DitchOrig2_256.jpg
Pictures from accident report provided by Mike Thomas VP-6 1960-1962. Aircraft ditched April 24 1962 Near Otobe, Hokkaido, Japan. Courtesy Bob Dell.
New July 29, 2002
SP-2E, 131527,
131527_PC-1_Ditch2_256.jpg
Pictures from accident report provided by Mike Thomas VP-6 1960-1962. Aircraft ditched April 24 1962 Near Otobe, Hokkaido, Japan. Courtesy Bob Dell.
New July 29, 2002
SP-2E, 131528,
131528_PC7_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Date, photographer and location unknown.
New January 19, 2011
   
SP-2E, 131530,
131530-PC4_256.jpg
Photographed at Tachikawa on 7. March 1962 by a Japanese photographer, who whishes to be known by geta-o. See his website:
geta-o
SP-2E, 131530,
131530_PC4_Johnston_61xxxx_256.JPG (7731 bytes)
1000 pixels
Photographed at Johnstone Island in late 1961 by Richard Young of VP-6.
New February 28, 2011 
 
SP-2E, 131537,
131537-pc5-256.jpg
USN photograph. NAS Barbers Point, 15 August 1961. Negative number KN-3057 (taken along with KN-5038 and 5039 which show the BuNo. but I don't have. I have seen them though).)
   
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Known Neptunes of VP-6 as of December 14, 2001.