VP 44 Black Cats Green Island Speedy ARM2C

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VP 44 Black Cats Green Island Speedy ARM2C

Post by SpeedyVP44 » Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:53 pm

My father Arthur P Herin Jr aka Speedy served with VP 44 Black Cats on Green Island(aka Nissan) from 1942-1944. He was a Radioman on the PBY5A Black Cats that flew night patrols and missions against Japanese shipping and bases. My father passed away in August of 2010 at age 92 . I am his son Arthur W. Herin and would like to hear from anyone or any relatives of the Black Cat Veterans. I can be reached via e-mail at mortarman120gang@yahoo.com. I would like to take a moment to thank all of my fellow veterans and especially the WWII veterans for their sacrifices and dedication. Semper Fidelis Arthur W. Herin

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Re: VP 44 Black Cats Green Island Speedy ARM2C

Post by MarkP » Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:29 am

Hi Arthur, Sorry for your loss. Unfortunately I don't know any veterans of VP 44, but I would be really interested in hearing the results of your search. Please post any info and stories if you find something of interest. Thanks!

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Re: VP 44 Black Cats Green Island Speedy ARM2C

Post by Edward » Sun Jul 15, 2012 2:16 pm

Hello Arthur,

The 93rd Seabees Battalion has an excellent website including an article (book?)
GREEN ISLAND IN WORLD WAR II 1944: BASE No.7
BLACK CAT PBY CATALINAS And PT BOAT TEAMS
by Milton W. Bush, Jr., Esq., 205 Tri-Mountain Road, Durham, CT 06422: 860-349-1418
http://www.seabees93.net/GI%20Green%20I ... h%20ED.htm

There is not much information on VP-44 but it may be of interest.

The website also includes a page on Green Island.
http://www.seabees93.net/green_islands.htm

There are quite a few websites devoted to the crews who flew the Catalina and I hope you find one that connects you with veterans and families of VP-44.

Here is a collection of logbooks of PBY aviators including three from VP-44
http://www.pbycia.org/Logbooks.nsf/WebPages/PBYCIA

Edward

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