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Danville Flier Tells Vivid Tale Of Plane's Victory Over U-Boat
 
 
NAS Sanford Memorial Committee Hats
 
The emblem on the front of these hats is the NAS Sanford Memorial Committee Logo. The hats are fully adjustable so one size fits all. They are available in either Tan or Navy Blue. Shipping and Handling is $3.00. Paypal , checks and money orders are accepted for payment. Your purchase will help us maintain the beautiful memorial located at the front of the Orlando-Sanford International Airport (Formally http://www.nassanfordmemorial.com/documents/120506141420.jpgNaval Air Station Sanford)
 
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My US Navy Experience By John G. Marshall
 
I joined the US Naval Reserve in 1939 just after my 17th birthday. I was assigned to report to the USS Prairie State, a ship that was part of the Great White Fleet, a pre-World War I group. Our battalion was called to active duty on Thanksgiving Day 1940. We were the first Naval Reserve Battalion to be called to active duty prior to the start of WW-II. We boarded a WW-I destroyer, the USS Barney DD-149 better known as four stacks and a bucket of rust. We proceeded to the Panama Canal Zone to challenge any ship going through the Canal. I maintained this duty until September 1941.
At this time I was transferred to the US Navy V-5 program for training to be a Naval Aviator. After nine months of vigorous training, I graduated as an Ensign and Naval Pilot. I went through an advanced three month PV-1 training program. My first squadron was VPB-147 flying Anti-Submarine (ASW) duty. In the PV-1 I worked my way up from Co-Pilot, 1st Pilot and then Patrol Plane Commander. We flew ASW missions out of bases along the East coast of the United States and several bases along the Caribbean. We carried depth charges and our planes were equipped with four 50 caliber machine guns, 2 fixed and 2 in a turret. On each wing we had four rocket launchers which could be double stacked with a total of 16 rockets.
Each flight was 5 to 6 hours in duration and was flown at 500 to 1,500 feet depending on the cloud cover. In order to see a submarine we had to be below the cloud cover, our RADAR was not very effective so we had to depend on visual contact. The subs usually cruised with just the conning tower above the surface or they operated partially submerged with just the snorkel above the surface so they could use diesel power to conserve their batteries. This made for an extremely small target. Flying low over the ocean for 5-6 hours was extremely difficult and tiring. We never lost a ship we were assigned to escort.
When the war ended I had approximately 800 hours in the PV-1 & 2 and 300 hundred hours in other types of aircraft. At the end of WW-II, I went to college at North Carolina State College (now NCSU) and became a Mechanical Engineer specializing in air conditioning and refrigeration. While I was in College I rejoined the Naval Reserve at the Norfolk Naval Air Station and flew PV-1ís and PV-2ís.

 
 
Things to see and do at the Annual Sanford Reunion
 
The RA5-C Aircraft is on display in the 4.5 acre Naval Air Station-Sanford Memorial Park, located at the Lake Mary Boulevard main entrance to Sanford International Airport. Recently a Bronze Plaque, mounted near the Vigilante, was dedicated honoring the Enlisted Bombardier Navigators. We received a second aircraft for the park on 9 December, 2003. We have the only PV-1 Ventura Patrol Bomber in the United States. This is the first plane used at Sanford Training Command in May 1943.

A must to see this year is the Sanford Veterans Memorial at the lake from. There are over 2252 "Bricks" on display, representing Veterans from Civil War to current. Is your "Brick" there?

We have NAS History on display at the Museum in downtown Sanford, located on the First Street. There is also a display of NAS History at the Sanford/Orlando International Airport Baggage Pickup Area in Terminal B. f you have pictures or history from 1942 to 1968, please bring them (or photocopies) for us.
 
 
A Whale Story
 
A Whale story was submitted by Paul Polgar who also flew A3D Skywarriors.
 
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A story by Owen Bateson
 
This is an account in his own words of an incident experienced by Owen Bateson.
 
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NAS SANFORD PHOTO ARCHIVES
 
We will begin posting photos of the history of Nas Sanford and those that served there. This extensive collection was mainly compiled by Jerry Bohm who has been receiving them from the men,women and families that served at the base. We would like to thank Jerry for all of his efforts to maintain a record of Nas Sanford.These photos are now stored at the Sanford Museum.
We greatly appreciate the help we are receiving from Alicia Clarke,curator of the Museum and her staff for transferring the photos to disc ,allowing us to post them on our website.