Here are a few personal notes hat
Ocko has gleaned this week. Can't
compete with Winchell on Broadway,
but in all modesty, we do get the dope
about the ship .....
Kamler QM3c is investigating the
possibilities of installing master sundials
on the navigation bridge alidades
and repeater sundials in lieu of all
ships' clocks, thus eliminating his
daily round of winding clocks. Shucks,
Fuzzy, ain'tcha heard, they're putting
electric clocks on all new construction.
Turret three's juice man, Lyons,
EM2c, turned out a fine batch of
chocolate fudge last week .... Nelson,
AMM3c, goes to Sand Point,
Seattle, for three years shore duty,
leaves the Rambler this week. D. F.
Cochran, SK2c, Wilson, CM1c, Maze,
Cox, and Malcolm, Cox have volunteered
for duty on the Bushnell. Word
has come back that Davenport and
Baker, second class machinist's mates,
and Jim Wade, Bmkr1c, have new construction
assignments on the U. S. S.
Buck, Philadelphia Navy Yard. Shaw,
CMM, is helping recommission an old
four piper in Red Lead Row in N. Y.
Philadelphia. Sprague, WT1c and
Saunders, WT2c have shipped over on
the U. S. S. Chicago. Lum' ' n Abner's
Jot-' em- Down- Store ( Gen. Mess. Issue
Room) has a newly painted coffee
grinder and a radio. They have
cash and carry and delivery service.
Abner ( CCstd Barnett) keeps the
books and Lum ( Bkr1c Barricklo)
does the talking. Nite rations issued at
On the Enterprise we send quite a
few of those old familiar faces back
to the States. Carl King, RM3c, Butler,
MM2c, Sergeant Bihm of Houston
Marine Detachment and heaven only
knows how many others.
Gus Henderson; E. F. Mallette, how
about your pen pals?
More next time, per usual,
THE BLUE BONNET
Commander H. M. Martin, U. S. N.
Scouting Force Aviation Officer
To the Navy outside of aviation
the names of the various aviation
squadrons and their planes are apparently
a confused jumble of letters
and numerals. In reality a systematic
code has been adopted that
not only distingushes the squadrons
from each other, but also describes
their primary duties. A similiar code
is used to designate the type of aircraft
- its manufacturer and model.
In the designation for squadrons
the letter " V" indicates that it is a
heavier than air squadron. This letter
is then followed by another letter
describing the type of squadron
- " P" for patrol, " B" for bombing,
" S" for scouting, " F" for fighting or
pursuit, " T" for torpedo, " 0" for observation,
and " J" for utility. This
second letter is in turn followed by a
numerial which identifies the particular
squadron from similar squadrons.
Thus VP- 12 is heavier than air patrol
squadron, number twelve. To
further describe the patrol squadrons
the numbers are to be changed so that
the first digit will also designate the
wing to which the squadron is attached.
Thus, VP- 12 will be in Wing
ONE. This system is already in use
in carrier squadrons making VF- 4 a
heavier than air fighting squadron
attached to the fourth carrier to be
built - the RANGER. The observation
and scouting squadrons of the
battleships and carriers are called
by the numbers of the divisions to
which their ships are attached.
Practically the same system is used
to differentiate the particular type
of planes assigned to the various
squadrons. The same letters that are
used to describe the type of squadron
are also used to describe the type of
plane but because most planes are
designated for more than one type of
mission, there are often more than
one letter in the descriptive designation.
Thus, a " PB" would be a Patrol
Bomber type of airplane. In order
to distinguish the particular kind of
a patrol Bomber a letter assigned to
the manufacturer is added to the type
designation making a PBY a Patrol
Bomber manufactured by the Consolidated
Company of San Diego. In like
Every Sunday morning at 8.00 a. m.
a group of roughly dressed people
gather in front of the Army- Navy
Y. M. C. A. They're off on another jaunt
to some beauty spot of the Island.
The Honolulu Trail and Hiking Club
invites naval men. There are usually
extra cars, and the only obligation
is to chip in one and a half
cents a mile for gas. Bring your
own lunch and a canteen. For further
dope, see Ensign Smeja.
manner a PBM would be a similar
type manufactured by the Martin
Company of Baltimore. Since aircraft
are constantly being improved,
numerals are used to designate different
modifications of the same plane,
making a PBY- 4 the fourth modification
of the original PBY. When a
radical change in design is made in
the type of plane, rather than a modification,
a numeral is inserted before
the manufacturer's initial. Thus the
new four engine plane of the Consolidated
Company is logically a PB2Y or
the second type in the series of patrol
bombers manufactured by that company.
The service model will probably
be called a PB2Y1 and later modifications
PB2Y2, PB2Y3, etc.
Thus, when we speak of Squadrons
the letters indicate the type of squadron
while the numerals indicate the
particular squadron. Likewise when
we speak of the aircraft, the letters
indicate the type of aircraft and its
manufacturer and the numerals indicate
the modification or series, depending
on whether it is placed before
or after the manufacturer's initial.
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in the form of $ 6.50 checks to every
member of the families of Houston
men. The money was provided by the
Welfare Fund. Checks were actually
purchase orders on any store for such
articles as clothing, toys, and books,
in order to give the youngsters exactly
what they wanted.
" That tunnel we just passed through
cost $ 12,000,000," said the sailor to
" Oh really, did it?" she replied, as
she rearranged her hair. " Well, it
certainly was worth it."