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Heavy Photographic Squadron 62
Heavy Photographic Squadron 62 (US Navy) - insignia.jpg
VAP-62 squadron patch
Active10 April 1952-15 October 1969
CountryUnited States
BranchUnited States Navy
Part ofInactive
EngagementsVietnam War

VAP-62 was a Heavy Photographic Squadron of the U.S. Navy. Originally established as Photographic Squadron Sixty-Two (VJ-62) on 10 April 1952, it was redesignated as Heavy Photographic Squadron (VAP-62) on 2 July 1956. The squadron was disestablished on 15 October 1969.[1]

Operational history[edit]

VAP-62 PB4Y-1P Privateers in 1952
VAP-62 A3D-2P Skywarrior in the late 1950s
  • 1 September–19 December 1952: A squadron detachment was deployed to Dhahran Air Force Base in Saudi Arabia.
  • 29 July 1960: During a landing aboard USS Saratoga (CV-60), the squadron’s commanding officer, Commander C. T. Frohne, and two other squadron crewmembers, were lost when the tailhook of their A3D-2P Skywarrior separated and the aircraft plunged off the deck into the sea.
  • October 1966: The squadron transferred a detachment of aircraft and personnel to VAP-61 to augment that squadron’s operations in Vietnam.
  • 25 August 1967: A squadron RA-3B #144835 disappeared on a nighttime photo-reconnaissance mission, the 3 man crew were killed in action, body not recovered.[1][2][3]

Home port assignments[edit]

The squadron was assigned to these home ports, effective on the dates shown:[1]

Aircraft Assignment[edit]

The squadron first received the following aircraft on the dates shown:[1]:315

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Grossnick, Roy A. (1995). Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons Volume 1 The History of VA, VAH, VAK, VAL, VAP and VFA Squadrons. Washington, D.C.: Naval Historical Center, Department of the Navy. p. 314. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Edward Jacobs, CDR". The Virtual Wall. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  3. ^ "U.S. Unaccounted-For from the Vietnam War" (PDF). Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Retrieved 28 December 2015.

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