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ZP-51 Squadron Diary

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USN Airship Patrol Squadron 51 Diary
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Date
4
January
194328
January
1943
4
February
1943
10
February
1943
February
16
February
1943
17
February
1943
1
March
i943
5
March
1943
3
April 1943
9
April
1943
11
May
194.3
CARONOLOGY
Event
Concluding conference held
in
Lakehurst,
....
~ew
ersey.
Final
pla-m
for
formation
'
k=Aq-~02s
.........
of
Squadron 51
drawn
up.
........
.....
.*
..-
.
--
..-A
........
-..
--..-...
...---
-
.
....-.
-<.
.
-..-....Av.
-.-
>+
>>?
...............
............
USS
ALBETUARLE
departed
Norfolk,
Va.
en
.........
.....
........
........
.......
.....
route
to Trinidad,
B.W.I.
On
board were
.
;;:.::::
...
.......
the officers
and
men
of the advance udt
::!:-::.-::
11
....
of Squadron
51.
.....
..
...
...
.......
...
.
.
......
.....
The advance unit
of
Squadron
51
arrived
....
.
.
....
...
at
Edinburgh Field,
home
of
the first Navy
.....".....
:
LZA.
ase outside
the
continental
limits
of
.
;'.:'..'.I
...
the
United
States
in
World War
11,
.
.
.....
......
..
.
...
......
Air
ship
Squadron
FIFTY
-GIVE
formally placed.
;':'.
..
':.:I
in commission.
(~pp,
A)
.
.
. .
I.
.
,.
..
....
. .
...
...
...
.......
.
.
CommaMer
Gerald
D.
Zurmuehlen arrived
at
.--.:
- -
.
.
Edinburgh to take command of the
newly
.
. .
.
commissioned Squadron,
.
.
.....
. .
....
...
......
...
he
K-17
arrived
to become
the
first
air-
.
,
:.
.........
.....
.....
ship
'assigned
to
the
Squadro
ni
...
.
.
.
....
,.
.
...
The
K-17
makes
first
patrol
flight along
NUpper Bauxite
Lanen,
.....
...
........
.
.
Conference
at
San
Juan,
Puerto
Rico
with
::.:
.:
.....
..
.:
......
Vice
Admiral
J..
Be
Hoover, Commander
,..
...
 
...
.
.
...
Caribbean Sea Frontier,
.
:,:...
...
..
.:
.,.
...
...
...
....
.....
...
Detachment
Ow
of
the
Squadron placed
in
i:
..
:
..
operation
at
NAS,
Guantanamo
Bay,
Cuba.
#...
i::;:.
.:-.
..:
.....
I.:::
:
:.
.'
.....
...
..>
..........
i:
..I
.........
:
The
K-16
accepted
as
the
second
airship
as-
k
."
...
...
..
signed
to
the
Squadron.
-<_
._.
p::>.:2::z2;f
..............
............
-.
.............
r....
;;.,:.,
-...-....
&-:-;.:;C.>+:3
Detachment
TWO
of
the
Squadron placed
in
?%?~
operation at Atkinson
Field,
British
GuZana,;.:":'
:'
1
.:..:.
:
1
............
..........
I.''
:.
:
Rear
Admiral
A.
G.
Robinson, USN, Comnan-
::.;;?::;:::
.
dant
Naval
Operating
Base,
Trinldad
in-
,..
..
......
....
..
..
:..
.
:
.
.............
spected
ZP-51.
8:
......
.....
:.
.:.
:
::
.,
.
.........
,
.........
...
 
.
.
.....
. .
-.
.
......
:-
-
ate
10
June
1943
1
July 1943
30
July
1943
1
August
1943
6
August 1943
7
August
194315
August
1943
8
September 1943
27
September
1943
2
October
1943
26 October
1943
...
.
,.
.
.
...
.......
CHRONOLOGY
(~ont
d)
.......
.......
..
.....
......
CONFIDENTIAL
...
.......
.
.
.....
.......
.......
Event
..........
...............
........
.........
........
.........
........
.......
..............
.....
...
Lieutenant Commander John
B.
I3ieke.r
.....
......
.........
.........
.......
.....
relieved Commander
Zurmuehlen
as
Com-
...
.....
.
.....
......
......
.
.
.......
manding Officer
of
ZP
51.
........
.......
.....
.......
.....
.....
.
..............
. .
Detachment
ONE
turned oyer to
Airship
............
.
.
.
2..
=$$
.............
.................
Squadron 'JIPIENSIS-One.
.
........
.......
.................-.....
.-.-
:.;<.:-:.:.:-?:-y-<
..,......A\........
.
...........
..............
.......
.........
Joint
Army
and
Navy
conference held
in
..........
..........
.......
.........
.........
...
.....
Paramaribo, Dutch Guiana.
'
PreLimfnarg
....................
.....
...
........
......
........
plans were made for the opening of
ZP.
51
'
;:.::..'.::::'.
.......
......
Detachment
THREE,
.........
.......
.........
.....
.....
.
....
......
......
.....
.........
,....
.
........
Commander
John
D,
Reppy
relievei
.............
.....
.......
....
Lieutenant Commander John
B.
Rieker
as
,
...
....
.....
...
,..
:
...
.....
Commanding 'Officer of
ZP
51.
The
........
....
. .
.
Squadron orgznization
was
expanded
to
.
.
...
.
.
.
.
..
,.
...
.........
.......
.....
include
a
Bedron
FIVE
and
a
Wing
FIVE,
...........
......
......
..
. .
.......
The
K-68,
returning
from
an engagement
with
an
enemy
submarine, made
a
forcedlanding
on the
island
of Blanquilla,
and
was
subsequently deflated. There
was
noloss
of
personnel.
K-24
dropped jungle rescue
kit
to
K-68
crew on Blanquilla Island,
B.W.I.
(see Rescue A~~.)
K-16
discovered
and
directed rescue of
4
ree
(3)
men in drifting boat.See Rescue ~pp,)~et&hmant
TmEE
of
the Squadron wasplaced
in
operation
at
Paramaribo,DutchGuiam.Ground was broken at Edinburgh Field forthe construction of
a
one-ship hangar.~okander amuel
Bailey
relieved Com-mander John
Reppy
as
Commanding Officer
of
the Squadron.Lieutenant Commander Robert
J.
Williamsrelieved Commander
Bailey
as CommandingOfficer
of
the Squadron.
 
CHRONOLOGY
(~ontfd)
....
...
....
CONFIDENTIAL
+.:
'
:
:
.
..
Date Event
...
...
.
....
......
.....
30
October
1943
-The
K-94
en
route
to
Trinidad exploded
...
.
.
.....
off
~uerto
ico with the .loss
of
all
hands.
.:::I::;
.
....
.
..
.
. .
........
0
November 1943
.
The
K-100
located
end
aided
in
the rescue
:<;
.........
of
survivors of rashed airplane,
F
*.
i
<
:,<,y..p.?y..y.:
...............
(see
Rescue
App.
...........
...
.........,
;....:I;:
..........-...........
.....
.....
;:.:.:.::.:I.>:<
..............
..,..
....
:
:
.
..........
........
......
11
November
1943
Edinburgh
Field
assumed
new
name,
Carlsen
':.::.:
...
.:
..
:
.
.
Field.
.
.
. .
......
.
.
.......
.....
. .
13
Decernb
er
1943
Admiral
Ernest
J;\
King
inspected
Zandery
Field,
Dutch Guizm.
1
February
1944
Detachment
ONE
at
Naval
Air
Station,Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba,
transferred to
Airship
Squadron
FIFTY-ONE,
after beingunder the command
of
Fleet
Airship Wing
m-0
for
little more than eight months.
4
February
194.4
Lieutenant
Commander
Jack
NAHIGIAN,
A-V(G)
USNR
relieved
Lt,
Comdr.
Robert n'illiams,
USN,
as
Commanding Officerof,
Air
ship
Squadron
FIFTY.-ONE,
....
......
........
....
....
.
...
.......
...
........
...
......
...
........
.....
....
.....
....
I..,
...
....
...
...
.........
.......
8,.
.........
::_
.............
.................
..
....
...
.....
......
.
.
...
.
.
.
.
......
.
.......
...........
..............
11
February
1944
The
K-121,
(~nsign
idney
Verier
A-V(N)
........
....
....
USNR,
pilot)
successfully
towed
an
eight
,
.
..
...
...
..
.......
......
ton
launch for seven miles, after
the
,
. .
...
1
:
....
.
.
...
.....
C'.
:.
boat
had been reported
missing
for
several
;:
.:...
.:;I..::.
':.
...........
.
...........
I_
.........
hours.
(see
Rescue
~p~.)
,-...
.:
....
...
....
.....
.....
...
....
....
.....
12
Barch
19&
.Mrs.
Franklin
D.
ROOSEVELT
visited
Carlsen
i:
...
.::
...
.
-.
.
Field
and
inspect.ed the
LTA
fa~il~ties.
.........
..
:
:.
_
.
.
!.
.
.
.
23
March
19&
6
April
19M
8
April
1944
t.
23
April
1944
'%
.
.s
1.
'
.
,
.
:
.......
'
.,:.
.
-
.:
TheK-108 brought aid
to
a
stricken vessel.
I:
;.
...
 
:
..
.
.
....
(See
Rescue
A~~.)
.......
.....
~
.
........
........
..........
.......
.....
.......
The
firit
of
the Combat
Air
Crew
of
FIFTY-
;
::
:.
. :.
,
I:.
.::...
:
ONE
departed for
a
two weeks refresher
1
tcx22
.....
.;.:.:.;.:-;
.
.....:
:&-:->
.....................
course
a.t.
the
Anti-S,ubm.rine
Training
I..
:I:::q.::;:":-
...........
....
......
-..,...-.
*..-
......
_%~
...
............
Unit
at Key
West,
Florida.
....
J.Y....__
........_
,~;~:~~$;:g
................
.........
......
.....
.
. .. .
Assistant Secretary
of
the
Navy
for
Air,
.
.
.
.
...
...
...........
......
......
Artemus
Gates
inspected
ZP-51.
.........
..
........
.........
...
......
..........
..........
...
......
..........
...
.....
The
hangar
at
Carlsen
Field
was
completed
....
.
.
.......
......
.
.
..
.......
........
and
Squadron spaces occupied.
..........
.......
.......
.........
..........

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