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John G. Esposito, Editor                                     FALL EDITION 2011


A Message from the Left Seat:

Since this will be the last newsletter before the holidays, I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Drive safe, fly safe, and be safe.

Please find the time to view the rosters on our web site and, if you notice any acquaintances with a “U” following their names whose current location you know, kindly send us the information so we can get them back in the fold.

One of our squadron mates, Russell Warnberg (62-64) has written a story called “Edge of Redemption” that is being published by Tate Publishing and will hit the book stores (those that still exist) in time for Christmas. It’s a mystery that takes place in Maine (Russ settled in Windham, ME after he left VP-21 and spent the last 40 years as a teacher in the Windham school system). I want to wish Russ all the best with this first novel and hope that its success will be followed by many more.

Again, have a wonderful holiday season and I’ll be back with you in the spring.


Donations Received:

The following persons have graciously made donations to our organization:

Bill Kearney, Rudolph F. Falkenstein, H. Clark Island, Daniel Carew, Charles F. Brinegar, H.H. Ashton, William B. Oconnell JR., Reinhold Gene Mcghghy, Geraldine M. Raab and Vincent R. Raab in memory of her father, Henry H. Hubner, LTJG in VPB-111, Joseph E. Sheehan, Eugene T. Sullivan.   This is all that I have for the fall newsletter.


Thanks for helping to keep our group airborne.



PLEASE NOTE: The VPB-111/VP-21 Veterans Association charges no dues. Our operations are totally supported by the generous contributions of our membership, and by the sale of our squadron products. The association comes under section 501(C) 19, of the Internal Revenue Code as a "Not for Profit" organization.   As such, contributions are legitimate tax deductions. Please make your contribution checks payable to the "VPB-111/VP-21 Veterans Association" and forward them to the Treasurer, Leland Ledford,127 Pete St., Waterloo, SC, 29384-4647.



It is with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to our shipmates on their final flight.

Wallace E. Derryberry, Cmdr. USN:  Joined the Navy in 1942Passed away 11 August, 2011.  Received his wings in March, 1943.  Tours of duty were in the Pacific, in the Black Cat Squadron. He returned to the states with 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 5 Air medals. In 1946, his orders took him to Miami, where he was a member of the 1st Hurricane Squadron.. He served in VP B-111 from 1943 to 1945 where he was Dick Webb’s Pilot.

Melvin Greenfest. Passed away on 20 August, 2011 .  He served in VP 21 from ’58 to ’59..


     May they rest in peace.





            John Swobland: Served with VP21 from ‘56 to ‘60. He flew with crew 4.


Welcome back aboard, John.



From the Storekeeper:

Looking for a gift idea for your significant other to get you for a Christmas present? Look no further than your Association Small Stores that has a great selection of gift items such as the popular P-2 Neptune "Two Turning VP Two Burning" gold embroidered Navy Blue color ball cap with a gold "scrambled egg" design on the visor. This handsome ball cap can be yours for a modest $18.00 cost that includes shipping and handling. Other popular Small Stores items include the VP-21 Squadron "Blackjack" Patch (5" Large at $10 or a 3" Small at $6); VP-21 "Blackjack" Lapel/Hat Pin at $4; VPB-111 "Dumbo" or "Truculent Turtle" 3" Small Squadron Patches at $6; White Outer Banks brand Polo Shirts with embroidered Naval Aviator Gold Wings and VPB-111/VP-21 Veterans Association lettering at $25 (available in medium, large and X Large sizes), and an incredible book, The Story of One Eleven, about our rich heritage as a Navy PB4Y squadron that served in England, North Africa and the far Pacific during World War II. We also have a related book, Low Level Liberators, that tells the story of Patrol Bombing Squadron 104 in the South Pacific during World War II. Both books sells for $29 each and each tell incredible stories about the brave young men who fought valiant battles in these marvelous flying machines. These and other gift items may be viewed on the Association Website at www.vp-21.org. For further information or to place your order, contact Storekeeper, Carter Nute, at (352) 335-1293 or by e-mail at ccnute@earthlink.net.


From the Online Coordinator:


The associations Email Roster that lists all members with Email addresses on file with the association is updated quarterly, and provided via Email to all members on the roster.  To take advantage of this benefit (what better way to keep track of old shipmates?), all you need to do is send your Email address to the Email Roster coordinator, Dan Dwyer, at DDwyer1@Maine.RR.Com and he’ll add you to the roster and send a copy back to you of the then current roster.  Please be sure to provide the following information with your request to be on the Email roster.   Below is the information needed for the roster:


Last Name, First Name, City and State of Residence, Years in the Squadron,

Email Address


What’s it cost?  NOTHING!   However, we do ask that the roster only be used to establish one on one contact with fellow shipmates, and that it never be used for any commercial activity or mass mailings.  Respect for the privacy of other members on the roster is a paramount concern.


Currently we have four hundred and sixty four members who have submitted their Email address for inclusion on the roster.  Sadly, we have an additional one hundred and twenty three members with whom we’ve lost Email contact due to their having changed their Email address without notifying the association. So, if you haven’t heard from us in the last four months?? Please update your email address and service provider information.  Feel like being a detective??? Then join up to receive the Email roster and help us find those one hundred and twenty three missing squadron mates.  Who knows, some of you might be in daily contact with these members, and neither you nor they realize they’ve “”gone missing”” and we don’t know where they are.


FALL 2011


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