|Patrol Squadron 24|
|Active||April 10, 1943 - April 30, 1995|
|Branch||United States Navy|
|Decorations||PUC 15 August 1943-19 March 1944, 6 Nov 1944-7 June 1945|
|Disbanded||1945 (renamed, disbanded as VP-24 in 1995)|
|Bomber||Consolidated PBY Catalina|
VP-24, Patrol Squadron 24 was a United States Navy "Black Cat" squadron that flew the PBY-5A (patrol bomber) Consolidated PBY Catalina in the Pacific Theater of Operations of WWII. VP-24 served in Korean War flying Lockheed P-2 Neptune patrol planes. Later, VP-24 flew P-3 Orion aircraft (1960's?). Later redesignations included VP-104 just after the war and VA-HM-13, returning to VP-24 before it was disestablished on April 30, 1995 as part of the post Cold War drawdown of forces.
VP-12 was redesignated VP-24 August 1, 1941 (daveswarbirds.com) VP-24's 6 aircraft were on patrol on December 7, 1941 and survived the attack.
World War II
The squadron was established April 10, 1943 at Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii flying the four-engine PB4Y-1 Liberator with personnel from the VP-71 who had been flying a similar mission in the two-engine amphibious PBY Catalina. Flight operations began immediately and were eventually conducted from bases including Midway, Canton, Johnston Atoll, Guadalcanal, Munda, Morotai, Tacloban, and Clark Field.
1950s & 1960s
Squadron Wing assignments from 1950 included:
- FAW-3 HA Feb 1950
- FAW-5 HA/LR 1952
- FAW-11/PatWing-11 LR 30 Oct 1972 (FAW-11 was redesignated PatWing-11 on 30 June 1973.)
1970s through the 1990s
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- History of the United States Navy
- List of inactive United States Navy aircraft squadrons
- List of United States Navy aircraft squadrons
- List of military units of Clark Air Base
- Note that the "VPB" designation denotes a U.S. Navy medium and heavy patrol bomber squadron such as the land-based PB4Y-1 Liberator (Navy version of the B-24 Liberator) or Consolidated PBY Catalina amphibius patrol bomber ("PB"Y). while "VB" is used in reference to dive bombers. U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command, Glossary of U.S. Naval Abbreviations
- http://www.history.navy.mil/avh-vol2/chap3-5.pdf U.S. Navy Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons, Volume 2, page 152 (VP-24, PDF page 20)
- http://www.history.navy.mil/avh-vol2/chap3-7.pdf U.S. Navy Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons, Volume 2, page 212 (VP-33, PDF page 15)
- http://www.history.navy.mil/biblio/biblio2/biblio2i.htm Cruise Books of the United States Navy in World War II - A Bibliography NAVAL HISTORY BIBLIOGRAPHIES, NO. 2 DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY—NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER, WASHINGTON DC 20374-5060
- Buccaneers of Bombing Squadron 104: The Story of Its First Tour, 10 April 1943 – 15 April 1944. Anon. Wichita: McCormick-Armstrong Co., 1944. . Dornbusch 1950: 1061.
- The Second Tour of Patrol Bombing Squadron 104, 1 June 1944 – 1 June 1945 Anon. N.p., [1945?]. Dornbusch 1950: 1062. PNAM (photocopy).
- Short History of Patrol Bombing Squadron 104 on Its Third Tour, June 1945-October 1945. Anon. Baltimore: Schneidereith, [1945?]. Controvich 1992.
-  Black Cats U.S. Navy PBY Catalinas in the Pacific during World War II
- VPB-102 Action Summaries and some photos.
- SD Air Space Museum online archives - PB4Y-1 Photos
- WWII Air to Air Combat (HTML version of PDF file) from http://www.history.navy.mil/ website.
- B-24 Google Timeline
- PBY Google Timeline
- Google Images - PB4Y-1