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#1 warpath

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 02:56 PM

CHINA PATROL Bombing Squadron 104 Patch & grouping-Unit ID needed...The patch and embroidered dragon were removed from the veteran's old flight suit.

 

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 02:59 PM

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 03:00 PM

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 03:03 PM

It might be VPB-104 USN squadron.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 03:29 PM

I know he was Navy and flew in B-24s.



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Posted 20 May 2014 - 04:20 PM

VPB-104 flew B-24s. I have the VPB-104 history book at the house. If you like you can provide his name and I can look him up.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 04:25 PM

Thanks, Chris, he was A. P. Forrest...The pocket patch is about 4 inches across and the Dragon is really large, must have been impressive on the flight suit. Ed

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 04:33 PM

Wow,very nice patches!



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Posted 20 May 2014 - 09:50 PM

It seems like VP/VPB-104 had several different designs , I have one that shows a fat lion sitting on the Japanese flag tongue sticking out  and holding a machine gun,and the title "Screamin' 104 "Strictly From Hunger", also a VP-104 with a devil cats's face tongue out .......................

 

The other dragon with the sword could have been another variation or possibly the variations had to do with where they may have been based or "dets" ......



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Posted 21 May 2014 - 06:33 AM

Ed,
I checked the book named " The Buccaneers of Harry Sears" written by Henry J. Thompson, and A. P. Forrest is not listed as a crewman. However, this book only covers the squadron history up until March 1944, which was the first of two War cruises. Your man was probably assigned to the squadron for the second cruise.

VPB-104 was a highly decorated Navy squadron. They were the only USN Patrol/bomb squadron to earn two PUCs.

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 09:00 AM

I wrote the bio of the commanding officer of VPB-104 in my book and visited his family to photograph his medals and documents for the book. They didn't have any patches, unfortunately.  :(



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Posted 21 May 2014 - 09:14 AM

Here's the shadowbox of the commanding officer...

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 02:56 PM

logbook entry

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 05:24 PM

Dave, great info i think he was the third Skipper of VPB-104.

Well I hope you dont mind me adding this to your already great thread. So here is my tie to VPB-104. It is the personal belt buckle of one of the original plank-owners of VPB-104. He was a PPC (Patrol plane commander) of the aircraft called "Donald's Duck".

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 05:32 PM

Here is the crew of "Donald's Ducks"

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 06:35 PM

Ed,

 

Here is some information on your sailor -

 

 

Forrest, Allan P        313 46 40
 
Transferred from Hedron FAW-2 to VPB-200            12 Feb 45
 
Transferred from VPB-200 to VPB-104                      18 May 45
 
Source documents VPB-200  Muster Rolls
 
I do not have any additional information on his assignments.
 
Larry

 



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Posted 22 May 2014 - 05:53 AM

Thanks to all who posted for the additional unit details...his flight log book has some interesting entries. Ed

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 11:06 AM

Better images with ruler, these are huge.

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 11:07 AM

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 11:08 AM

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 11:08 AM

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 11:09 AM

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 11:10 AM

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 11:11 AM

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 11:11 AM

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