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Cruise Books of the United States Navy in World War II
A Bibliography

NAVAL HISTORY BIBLIOGRAPHIES, NO. 2


Naval Aviation Unit Cruise Books

Air Squadrons



Bombing Squadron (VB) 1

This Is It: The Story of Bombing Squadron One (cover). J. W. Runyan. N.p., [1946?]. 33 pp., approximately 26.5 x 20.5 cm. PNAM (photocopy).

Bombing-Fighting Squadron (VBF) 1

Bombing Fighting Squadron One, December 15, 1944 to November 1, 1945. Cover: VBF 1. Anon. N.p., [1945?]. 63 leaves, blue hardcover with gold printing and wings and a head-on view of a Corsair, approximately 26.5 x 20 cm, photos, ports., roster. Private collection.

Fighting Squadron (VF) 1

Fighting Squadron One: October 1944 October 1945, Hi Hatters. Cover: Fighting Squadron One: Hi Hatters. Lt. Comdr. Ralph G. Kelly, USNR. N.p., [1945?]. 72 leaves, white hardcover with black printing and high hat, 28.8 x 22.4 cm, photos, ports., map, roster. PNAM.

Fleet Air Photographic Squadron (VD) 1

Introducing Fleet Air Photographic Squadron One (VD 1). Private collection list. No known copy location.

Meteorological Squadron (VPM) 1

Ta Feng: A Story From Metron 1. Anon. N.p., [1948?]. 13.5 x 21 cm. Dornbusch 1951 supp.: 1498. NDL.

Torpedo Squadron (VT) 1

Torpedo Squadron One, 1 October 1944-25 October 1945. Anon. N.p., [1945?]. 16 leaves, blue-green softcover with silver printing, 28 x 22.2 cm, photos, ports., map, roster. Dornbusch 1950: 1047. NDL.

Air Transport Squadron (VR) 2

The Martian Air Transport Squadron Two, Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, 1949. Cover: The Martian VR 2. Anon. [Alameda, Calif.: Alameda Times Star Printing Co.], 1949. 28 leaves, blue hardcover with gold printing and decoration, 27.5 x 20.4 cm, photos, ports., map. NYPL, PNAM, TIL. This book covers the history of VR 2 through 1948.

Fighting Squadron (VF) 2

Odyssey of Fighting Two. Lt. Thomas L. Morrissey, USNR. Philadelphia: Lyon & Armor, 1945. 207 pp., embossed blue hardcover with gold shield, 27.5 x 20.3 cm, photos, ports., map. Dornbusch 1950: 1048. Private collection.

Photographic Interpretation Squadron 2

Interpron Two: The Record of Our Squadron: How We Worked, Lived and Played While on Guam. Cover: Interpron 2. Lt. William Corlett, ed. Lt. Richard B. Reinecker, publisher. Guam: August 1945. 141 pp., blue and buff paper cover with a tropical building and the number 2 printed in red, 28.3 x 22.5 cm, photos, ports., map. Dornbusch 1950: 1049. NDL.

Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2

Scraps of Torpedo Two. Lt. (jg) K. A. Nelson. N.p., [1945?]. 65 leaves, blue hardcover with gold printing and Avenger plane, spiral binding, 36.2 x 29.6 cm, photos, ports., map, roster. PNAM.

Air Transport Squadron (VR) 3

Check Point 1944. Cover: Check Point 1944: Annual Log Book of Air Transport Squadron Three. Lt. Bernard C. Capehart, Lt. Gerald W. Wickland, and Lt. John L. Springer, eds. N.p., 1944. 88 pp., blue hardcover with gold printing and decoration, 28.9 x 22.8 cm, photos, ports., map, roster. NDL, PNAM.

Composite Squadron (VC) 4

The Deacon's Deamons--Composite Squadron 4, 2 September 1943 to 9 November 1944, U.S.S. Saginaw Bay CVE-82. Private collection list. No known copy location.

Fighting Squadron (VF) 4

Fighting Squadron Four: The Red Rippers, April 1944 to April 1945. Cover: The Red Rippers (VF 4). Anon. N.p., [1945?]. Textured, tan hardcover with red and black printing and logo, 28.9 x 22.5 cm, photos, ports., roster. PNAM.

Fighting Squadron (VF) 5

History of Fighting Squadron Five, February 1943 to May 1944. (cover and top of page 1). Capt. Robert W. Duncan, USN (Ret.). N.p., n.d. 24 pp., white paper cover with black printing and logo, 28 x 21.5 cm. PNAM. This is not a true cruise book, but a historical account of the unit's operations written many years later, perhaps in the 1970s.

Fleet Air Photographic Squadron (VD) 5

Meet VD 5. Paul Orentlich, ed. J. Richmond Ritenour and Richard Reinecker, publishers. N.p.: VD5 Litho, May 20, 1945. 149 pp., tan and black paper cover with view of B-24 flying over island, 28 x 22.2 cm, photos, ports. Dornbusch 1950: 1050. NDL, PNAM.

Composite Squadron (VC) 6

VC-6 War Time (cover). Anon. N.p., [1946?]. 74 leaves, printed on one side only, flexible brown plastic cover with gold printing and logo, spiral binding, 22.3 x 27.5 cm, photos, ports., partial roster. PNAM.

Utility Squadron (VJ) 7

[UTRON 7 Pacific Log--Photo Log of VJ 7, July 1944-November 1945. No known copy location. Private collection list.]

Torpedo Squadron (VT) 9

History of Torpedo Squadron Nine, April 1944-June 1945. Anon. N.p., [1945?]. 147 pp. Controvich 1992. No known copy location. This citation was taken from NDL card file although copy could not be located in NDL.

Patrol Squadron (VP) 12

Black Cat Command (cover). Andy Hewitt, ed. N.p., [1947?]. 11 leaves, black paper cover with orange printing and black cat logo, 32.3 x 23.5 cm, photos, ports., roster, diary of unit. NDL.

Utility Squadron (VJ) 13

Utility Squadron 13: Odyssey, 1944-1945 (cover). Anon. San Diego: Frye & Smith, 1945. 48 leaves, blue hardcover with gold printing, 28.5 x 22.2 cm, photos, ports., map, roster. Dornbusch 1950: 1052. NDL.

Bombing-Fighting Squadron (VBF) 14

The Kneepad of BombFightron-14 (cover). Lt. William B. Wilson, USNR. N.p., [1946?]. 64 pp., cream and black hardcover with cream printing and photo and logo, 27.3 x 20.3 cm, photos, ports., roster. PNAM.

BLIMPRON 14

Overseas Mediterranean Operations, 1944, Blimpron 14. Listed in holdings of library of the National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida, but author was unable to locate.

Bombing-Fighting Squadron (VBF) 17

The Hellcat Squadrons of VF 17 VBF. Anon. N.p., [1945?]. 20 pp., Controvich 1992. No known copy location.

Torpedo Squadron (VT) 17

Torpedo Squadron Seventeen. Anon. San Francisco: James H. Barry Co., [1945?]. 67 pp., 30 cm, photos, ports. Dornbusch 1951 supp.: 1502. No known copy location.

Fighting Squadron 18 (VF 18)

Fighting Squadron 18 (VF 18). This citation was taken from NDL card file, although copy could not be located in NDL. No other reference known.

Composite Squadron (VC) 21

Loose Ends. John B. Patton, ed. N.p., [1945?]. 40 leaves, blue hardcover with gold printing, 28.8 x 22.2 cm, photos, ports., map, roster. PNAM.

Composite Squadron (VC) 27

Saints: This Is the Story of VC-27 Composite Squadron, U.S.N., After Months of Operating as a Group in the Combat Zone of the Southwest Pacific. Anon. N.p., [1946?]. 60 pp., 28 cm, photos, ports. Dornbusch 1950: 1054. No known copy location.

Fighting Squadron (VF) 31

Fighting Squadron: A Veteran Squadron Leader's Firsthand Account of Carrier Combat With Task Force 58. Robert A. Winston. New York: Holiday House, 1946. 182 pp. Controvich 1992. Private collection.

Fighting Squadron (VF) 46

History of Fighting Squadron Forty-six: A Log in Narrative Form of Its Participation in World War II. Hibben Ziesing. New York: Plantin Press, 1946. 43 pp., 26 cm, photos, maps. Dornbusch 1950: 1056. No known copy location.

Fighting Squadron (VF) 47 and Torpedo Bombing Squadron (VF) 47

There I Was: This Book Tells the Story of the Fighting Cocks of Fighting Forty-seven and the Liquidators of Torpedo Bombing Forty-seven. Anon. Chicago: Smith, [1945?]. 40 leaves, photos. [March 1992?]: Dabney Catalogue 384. No known copy location.

Composite Squadron (VC) 63

Composite Squadron Sixty-three, August 1944-October 1945. [Ens. Norman J. Anderson, ed.]. Baton Rouge: Army & Navy Pictorial Publishers, 1946. 47 leaves, 31 cm, photos, ports. Dornbusch 1950: 1059. No known copy location.

Patrol Squadron (VP) 63

2nd Anniversary Along the Way. Anon. N.p., [1945?]. 76 pp., blue softcover with black printing and gold logo, 30.5 x 22.8 cm, photos, ports., roster, awards roster. Dornbusch 1950: 1058. NDL.

Fighting Squadron (VF) 66

Fighting 66. Anon. N.p., [1946?]. 22 leaves, blue and white softcover with red printing and photo of banking Corsair, 27.8 x 21.2 cm, photos, ports., roster. PNAM.

Composite Squadron (VC) 70

Travels of Composite Squadron Seventy. Anon. Stevens Point: 1945. 103 pp. Dabney Catalogue 372, March 1991. No known copy location.

Fighting Squadron (VF) 77

Fighting Squadron 77 (VF 77), 1945. This citation was taken from the NDL card file although copy could not be located in NDL. No other known reference.

Patrol Squadron (VP) 81

South Pacific, 1943-44, "Eighty-one" U.S.S. Patrol Squadron. Cover: VP-81 Album. Anon. N.p., [1945?]. 102 pp., 22 x 29 cm, photos, ports. Dornbusch 1950: 1060. No known copy location. Dabney Catalogue, August 1991: 376 lists a book with the title Patrol Squadron 81: "Black Cats," Nov. 25, 1943-July 15, 1944, 1944 Album. This may be the same book or another book on VP 81.

Bombing Squadron (VB) 82

Bombing Squadron 82. Anon. N.p., [1946?]. 32 leaves, blue and white hardcover with clouds as background and white printing, 23.3 x 28.1 cm, photos, ports., map. PNAM.

Fighting Squadron (VF) 82

Fighting Squadron Eighty-Two, 1945. Lt. Armand Gordon Manson, ed. N.p., 1945. 34 leaves, brown hardcover with multicolor logo, 30.4 x 23.4 cm, photos, ports., roster. PNAM.

Bombing-Fighting Squadron (VBF) 83

Bombing Fighting Eighty-three (cover). A. C. Lefevre. N.p., [1946?]. 17 leaves, cover has the silhouette of a diving Corsair, 27 x 21 cm. PNAM (photocopy).

Fighting Squadron 83 (VF 83)

Fighting Squadron Eighty-Three (cover). Anon. N.p., [1945?]. 53 pp., 26.6 x 20.7 cm, roster. PNAM (photocopy).

Composite Squadron (VC) 84

The Chronicle of V.C. 84, 1944-1945. N.p., [1945?]. 91 pp., photos, ports., map. Dabney Catalogue: August 1991 376. No known copy location.

Fighting Squadron (VF) 85

Fighting Squadron Eighty-five, May 15, 1944-September 25, 1945 (cover). Anon. N.p., [1946?]. 43 pp., green softcover with black printing and photo of carrier group at sea in background, 35.9 x 27 cm, photos, ports., roster, chronology of events. NDL.

Bombing-Fighting Squadron (VBF) 87

"Another Light Please": History of Bombing-Fighting Squadron 87. Private collection list. No known copy location.

Torpedo Squadron (VT) 88

Martha's Vineyard to Tokyo: A Historical Record of VT 88. Cover: Martha's Vineyard to Tokyo, VT 88. Edwin J. Benson, ed. New York: New Era Lithography Co., [1946?] 63 pp., blue, gray, and black softcover with white printing and Avenger flying over ships, spiral binding, 28 x 21.5 cm, photos, ports., map, roster. Private collection.

Fighting Squadron (VF) 89

Pied Pipers: Scrapbook of Fighting Squadron Eighty-nine. Anon. N.p., [1946?]. 40 leaves, photos. Dabney Catalogue, December 1991: 380. No known copy location.

Composite Squadron (VC) 99

The Seven-League Boots of VC-99. Cover: Composite Squadron Ninety-nine. Anon. Portland, Oreg.: N.p., 1946. 54 leaves, blue hardcover with gold printing and logo, 28 x 21.7 cm, photos, ports., map. Private collection.

Patrol Bombing Squadron (VPB) 104

Buccaneers of Bombing Squadron 104: The Story of Its First Tour, 10 April 1943-15 April 1944. Anon. Wichita: McCormick-Armstrong Co., 1944. 38 leaves, 28 cm, photos, ports. Dornbusch 1950: 1061. No known copy location.

The Second Tour of Patrol Bombing Squadron 104, 1 June 1944-1 June 1945 (cover). Anon. N.p., [1945?]. 26 leaves, cover shows a four-engine plane flying over a map of the Pacific Ocean with title in black, 26.5 x 19.5 cm, photos, ports., roster. Dornbusch 1950: 1062. PNAM (photocopy).

Short History of Patrol Bombing Squadron 104 on Its Third Tour, June 1945-October 1945. Anon. Baltimore: Schneidereith, [1945?]. 24 leaves. Controvich 1992. No known copy location.

Bombing Squadron (VB) 106

Navy Bombing Squadron One Hundred Six VB-106, 1 June 1943-1 June 1944 (cover). Emanuele J. Pasanisi, ed. N.p., [1985?]. 36 leaves, blue hardcover with gold title and wings, 29 x 22.3 cm, photos, ports., map, roster. NDL, PNAM. This is not a true cruise book although it is done in the format of one. It was produced more than forty years after the events.

Patrol Bombing Squadron (VPB) 106

Privateer in the Coconut Navy. Cover: Patrol Bombing Squadron One Hundred Six. Robert Pusey Hastings. N.p., 1946. 105 pp., 28.6 x 22.2 cm, photos, ports., map, roster. Dornbusch 1951 supp.: 1503. PNAM.

Bombing Squadron (VB) 109

A Pictorial Record of the Combat Duty of Bombing Squadron One Hundred Nine in the Central Pacific, 28 December 1943-14 August 1944, Dedicated to the Officers and Men of the Squadron. Theodore M. Steele. N.p., [1944?]. 23 x 31 cm, photos, ports. Dornbusch 1950: 1063. No known copy location.

Patrol Bombing Squadron (VPB) 109

A Pictorial Record of the Combat Duty of Patrol Bombing Squadron One Hundred Nine in the Western Pacific, 20 April 1945- 15 August 1945, Dedicated to the Officers and Men Who Gave Their Lives That We May Live in Peace. Cover: Patrol Bombing Squadron 109. Lt. Theodore M. Steele, USNR. New York: General Offset Co., 1946. 32 leaves, flexible blue cover with gold and silver printing, 23 x 30.4 cm, photos, ports., map, roster. Dornbusch 1950: 1064. PNAM.

Patrol Bombing Squadron (VPB) 116

The United States Navy Patrol Bombing Squadron VPB-116: The Blue Raiders. Clayton J. Whisman. N.p., 1979. 226 pp., loose-leaf binder, 28 x 21.6 cm, photos, accounts of operations. PNAM. This is not a true cruise book, but an account of squadron operations written many years after the events.

Patrol Bombing Squadron (VPB) 117

The Blue Raiders VPB 117, 1944-1945, United States Navy (cover). Graham B. Squires, ed. N.p., [1985?]. 330 leaves, blue paper cover with black printing and a PB4Y 1, spiral binding, 28 x 21.6 cm, photos, ports., map, roster. PNAM. This is not a true cruise book, but an account written many years after the events.

Patrol Bombing Squadron (VPB) 119

Patrol Bombing Squadron One Hundred Nineteen, 1944-1945. N.p., [1945?]. 32 leaves, photos, ports. Dabney Catalogue 376, August 1991. No known copy location.

Patrol Bombing Squadron (VPB) 121

Battle Diary of Patrol Bombing Squadron One Hundred Twenty-one, 5 September 1944 to 5 September 1945. [O. M. Corwin, ed.] San Diego: Frye & Smith, [1945?]. 55 leaves, 29 cm, photos, ports. Dornbusch 1950: 1064A. No known copy location.

Patrol Bombing Squadron (VPB) 124

Patrol Bombing Squadron One Twenty-four. N.p., [1945?]. 115 pp., photos, ports., map, roster. Dabney Catalogue, August 1991: 376. No known copy location.

Bombing Squadron (VB) 148

Bombing Squadron 148: Photo Album, August 1943-November 1944. Private collection list. No known copy location.

Patrol Bombing Squadron (VPB) 153

Controvich 1992. No known copy location.

Bombing Squadron (VB) 184

The Second Tour of Bombing Squadron 184, 1 June 1944-1 June 1945. Private collection list. No known copy location.

Patrol Bombing Squadron (VPB) 210

Patrol Bombing Squadron 210. This citation was taken from NDL card file although copy could not be located at NDL. No other known reference.