VP/VPB-61, Part 1
"VP-61 which was later ... well, after we got overseas it was designated as VPB-61, which the V stands for heavier than air, the P stands for patrol and the B stands for bombing. The number, of course, is just the number of the squadron."
Robert Buchanan, VP-61, 1944
"The morale was generally pretty good. When we got on a plane in the morning to take off on patrol, you never even thought that you might not come in that evening and you might not be safe on patrol. These things hardly ever entered your head."
Kenneth "Ray" Skinner, VP-61, 1942-1945
Did You Know?
A PBY plane piloted by Lt. Jean Cusick was sent from Dutch Harbor, on June 3, 1942, to locate Japanese forces in the Pacific. He was shot down by enemy fighters en route. Five men out of the seven-man crew survived the crash and got into life rafts. Cusick and his enlisted pilot died on the rafts from their wounds. The other three were captured by the Japanese, and became the first prisoners of war in the Aleutian Campaign.